Our Work

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

Economic impacts of immigration detention reform

In this research 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. Economic Impacts of Immigration Detention Reform The ...

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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 th...

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The gender pay gap: low STEM participation, inaccessible labour markets and behaviour

Whilst the size of the gender pay gap in the UK has decreased over the last decade, it remains large and persistent. Here, economist Lucy Clements explores the factors that might explain this persistent aspect of gender inequality. In 2017, hourly earnings for men in full-time...

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Successful inclusive growth policy depends on robust data at local level

Anthony Barker, our lead on Inequality & Poverty, explores what is meant by ‘inclusive growth’ and concludes that we don't currently have the necessary evidence to inform effective strategies to advance it. The 2018 UK poverty report published by the Joseph Rowntree Fo...

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The multiple dimensions of inequality

In this blog our Director, Anthony Barker, takes a look at inequality – What does it mean?  Why is it important to understand the wider policy impact? For many, ‘inequality’ is synonymous with issues of living standards, income and poverty. Indeed, there has been a r...

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The impact of Brexit on poverty in the UK

Cambridge Econometrics was commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to explore the impact of Brexit on poverty in the UK, focusing specifically at the poorest 1/5th of households. The analysis models a range of post-Brexit trading agreements, providing detailed results o...

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Gender equality: the economic pay-off

The latest edition of the Gender Equality Index, published today, shows that Europe is moving in the right direction. However, as the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)* says, this progress has come at a snail’s pace. The Index highlights continued wide difference...

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Economic benefits of gender equality in the EU

This study finds that if the EU stepped up its efforts to improve gender equality, more jobs would be created, GDP per capita would increase and society would be able to adjust better to the challenges related to the ageing population. A newly-developed version of Cambridge Ec...

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Designing an EU-wide unemployment benefits system

This study explored whether an EU-wide Unemployment Benefits System (UBS) could act as an effective fiscal stabilizer to mitigate future economic shocks.

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