Our Work

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

Explainer: the economics of the Coronavirus pandemic

Governments are trying to mitigate the threat posed by the Coronavirus pandemic to economic well-being.  This blog by Richard Lewney sets out the principal channels of impact and the issues that need to be addressed in designing mitigation measures. It follows Coronavirus:...

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Working Futures 2017-2027: long-run labour market and skills projections

Working Futures: 2017-2027 is the latest in a series of quantitative assessments of the employment prospects in the UK labour market over a 10-year horizon, published by the UK Government’s Department for Education. It presents historical trends and future prospects by secto...

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Data that cares

Social care is increasingly acknowledged as an area in which we know little about. Compared to other aspects of people’s lives, often the data are either of low quality or simply absent. In Data that Cares, a project for Future Care Capital (FCC), using public data, we sough...

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Inclusive growth: local winners and losers revealed by new analysis

Anthony Barker has crunched some numbers to reveal that measures of relative inclusion and prosperity at Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) level in England can mask important local variations. Using the Inclusive Growth Monitor methodology at local level The Inclusive Growth...

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Who are the self-employed and what do they do?

Yesterday’s UK Labour Market Statistics show that the labour market continues to perform strongly, with the employment rate at near-record levels. The release also shows that the number of part-time self-employed has passed one and a half million for the first time – over dou...

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Growing pains – how local authorities can prepare for population growth

Many local authorities face pressures on their educational, housing and social care provision on a day-to-day basis. Government population projections are meant to help planners, but are they exacerbating the issues they face? How can local authorities prepare for population gro...

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Economic impacts of immigration detention reform

In Economic Impacts of Immigration Detention Reform for Liberty, we assessed the potential costs and savings of introducing a 28-day time limit on immigration detention. We concluded that there was scope for net savings of £25‑35m or more each year. The UK is the only c...

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World Health Day 2019 – universal health coverage as a societal investment

On Sunday, 7 April 2019 it is World Health Day. This year, as last year, the focus is on universal health coverage. Despite health being long recognised as a human right, far too many people can’t access even the basic services they need. According to the World Health Organis...

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How we measure poverty matters

Viewed over 20 years there’s been little sustained improvement in poverty rates in the UK. But, how should we measure being poverty, and does how we measure it make a material difference to who is seen as in poverty? Anthony Barker looks at the new indicator developed by the S...

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Recent graduates in employment: understanding EU targets and drivers

This paper aims to contribute to the discussion on the future employability benchmark under the European Commission’s Education and Training Strategy 2025. Recent graduates in employment   In order to do this the study provides insight on current EU targets set wi...

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