Our Work

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

Working futures employment and skills projections

For over 30 years we have collaborated with the Warwick Institute for Employment Research to provide the UK’s official employment and skills projections, Working Futures.

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The impact of technological change on skills

Terence Hogarth is Senior Advisor at Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini and has over 30 years' experience of carrying out research on vocational education and training in the UK and the EU.  Terence is this month's guest blogger and writes for us about the impact that technology ...

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Future employment and automation

This is the first study of its kind to use pan-European data sources (the Eurofound Task analysis and the Cedefop Skills Forecasts 2018 datasets) to determine which occupations are at risk of automation. The main purpose of this study is to raise awareness of the changes that ...

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How is the macroeconomic model E3ME different to a Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model?

The critics of macroeconomic modelling often refer to the models as 'black boxes', mystifying entities whereby data is input and a set of results come out at the other side - the inner workings of the model itself are opaque. It's important to us that our tools, their scope and ...

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Reviewing the impact of the low-carbon mobility transition on jobs

We carried out this review of the drivers of the impact on jobs from the transition to low-carbon cars and vans in Europe.

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Optimisation and simulation models – how, and when, to use them

Hector Pollitt argues that there is great value in economic modelling results provided that the right sort of tool is used for the policy question in hand. I'm writing in response to a recent blog for Climate Strategies by Katy Roelich. Katy’s blog covers the complexity of imp...

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What is macroeconomic modelling? And why do we do it?

Hector Pollitt, our Head of Modelling, explores: what is macroeconomic modelling? And why do we do it? “I am not a fan of economic models because they have all proven wrong.”* David Davis MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, December 2017. Is this the case? Is it rea...

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Should we fear the rise of the machines?

How will increased robotisation affect income, production and consumption? Will society benefit from the transition to automation in the long-run? Are humans destined for redundancy and poverty? In his second blogpost on this subject our Director, Hector Pollitt explains why eco...

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Rise of the robots – and the fall of capitalism?

Could robots bring about the downfall of capitalism? Will some humans become totally redundant or will workers simply find jobs in other sectors? Hector Pollitt explains why scenarios currently being assessed at CE are pretty pessimistic as far as jobs are concerned. The end of...

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The tyranny of the present and how to avoid it

By Dr James Derbyshire, Senior Research Fellow at Middlesex University In both our professional and personal lives, what is most available and prominent in our mind’s eye is what is already true, as represented by the present situation. Because of this availability of the pres...

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