Our Work

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

The future of economics

A rare dip into economic philosophy recently turned up a timely piece on the issues that macroeconomics is facing. It prompted our Head of Modelling, Hector Pollitt, to question the future of economics. Robert Delorme lays out a ‘problem first’ approach to economic analysis....

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Cost of non-Europe in robotics and artificial intelligence

This piece of work for the European Parliament explores a wide and multi-faceted domain - robotics - that crosses boundaries between several economic sectors and legal disciplines. The development of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies is growing rapidly and...

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Oil dependency in the EU

Oil Dependency in the EU for Transport & Environment assesses the EU-27’s oil dependency and the risks associated with imported oil, building on previous analysis carried out in 2016 and 2018 (see below). The report comprises two parts: a review of historical data on oil...

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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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