Our Work

Below is a small selection of the work that we’ve carried out. Click on a topic to see relevant projects.

Digital trade in a post-Brexit Britain

You can see digital trade everywhere except in the trade statistics. As the UK embarks on a prolonged period of negotiating post-Brexit trade deals this is a challenge to negotiators and policymakers. A new report by Cambridge Econometrics for the Department for International T...

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Support for consumer spending is needed to lift UK economy out of recession

Andrew Sentance assesses what interventions the UK government could make to limit the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 lockdown and encourage a more rapid recovery. Last week’s Bank of England Monetary Policy Report made sobering reading in terms of the short-term outloo...

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Modelling the local economic impacts of the coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic is a health crisis, which is quickly turning into a major economic shock.  It affects all sectors of the economy, to varying degrees. Here Ben Gardiner and Chris Thoung looks at three aspects of the economic impact of COVID-19 from a local point of view:...

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Working towards a climate neutral Europe: jobs and skills in a changing world

Working towards a climate neutral Europe: jobs and skills in a changing world is a flagship publication by CLG Europe.  CLG Europe, a membership group of leading businesses including Sky, Coca-Cola and Unilever, whose secretariat is provided by the University of Cambridge Insti...

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Global megatrends and how they impact climate scenario modelling

“It's not what you don't know that kills you, it's what you know for sure that just ain't true”, Mark Twain. Economist Zsófi Kőműves on why long-term megatrends matter in the context of climate change policies. How well can we measure the effect of low-carbon policies?...

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Regional capital stocks – a missing piece in the productivity puzzle

This is the second in a series of blogs looking at uses of the European Regional Database. Our Director Ben Gardiner looks at how regional capital stocks can be estimated, how they compare and contrast across countries and within the UK, and how they relate to regional productiv...

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March 2020 Budget – battling the fiscal headwinds

Napoleon Bonaparte is widely quoted as saying he would rather have lucky generals who win battles than good generals. The “general” in charge of the British economy – Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak – has had a fair degree of luck in his political career so far...

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UK – one of the most unequal countries when it comes to regional productivity

The first in a series of blogs looking at uses of the European Regional Database, Ben Gardiner looks at spatial disparities in productivity and how they compare across countries in the EU and within the UK. The Industrial Strategy Council recently released a report on UK regio...

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Post-Brexit trade negotiations: the importance of international supply chains

The latest UK Trade in Numbers published today by the Department for International Trade reminds us that while the US is the UK’s largest non-EU export market, UK exports to the EU are nearly two-and-a-half times greater. Furthermore, the EU plays an important role in exporti...

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Sustainable investment: investing in a time of climate change

We help financial institutions plan for the future and implement the recommendations of the Task-force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) using our in-house macroeconomic model: We provide you with: national and global analysis of the transitional impacts a...

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