Our Work

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

Economic benefits of gender equality and women empowerment in the Western Balkans six

“Economic Benefits of Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in the Western Balkans six” is a study by the Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat (RCC). The Council serves regional cooperation and Euro-Atlantic integration of South East Europe, in order to spark development ...

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Microdata case study: Over-indebtedness in the UK

What is microdata and what can we use it for? This is the first blog in a case study series that explains the merits of microdata in policy analysis. This particular blog investigates over-indebtedness in the UK, using the 6th round of the Wealth and Assets Survey published by th...

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2020 evaluation of promoting social inclusion, combatting poverty and any discrimination by the European Social Fund (Thematic Objective 09)

The European Social Fund (ESF) is the main financial instrument for operationalising the European Union's policies related to employment, education, training and social inclusion. It supports four of the eleven Thematic Objectives defined in the Common Provision Regulation,4 one ...

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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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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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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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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 w...

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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 Foun...

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The multiple dimensions of inequality

In this blog 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 renewed f...

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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 resulting analysis found in The Impact of Brexit on Poverty in the UK models a range o...

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