Posts from NIESR staff and visitors on research findings and policy.

Dr Alex Bryson

Posted: 30 October, 2014 - 10:41 with: Comments
Citizens' wellbeing is rising to the top of the political agenda in Britain.  Just yesterday the government and its partners announced a What Works Centre for Wellbeing which initially has over £3.5 million over three years to investigate the determinants of wellbeing and how to improve it.  This follows government investments in wellbeing metrics developed and pioneered by the Office for National Statistics which, some argue, should be the basis for

Dr Max Nathan

Posted: 27 October, 2014 - 10:59 with: Comments
Rory Cellan-Jones has a nice article on the BBC website on the prospects for the Government’s ‘Tech North’ initiative, building extensively from my work with Emma Vandore on Tech City in London. Here’s some further thoughts. *

Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 30 September, 2014 - 10:46 with: Comments
Much has been made of Ed Miliband’s failure to deliver sections of his conference speech on the economy and on immigration. But he didn’t forget to repeat the policy first announced just before the party’s 2013 conference to require employers to recruit an apprentice for every non-EU migrant they employ:    ‘If you want to bring in a worker from outside the European Union, that’s OK, but you must provide apprenticeships to the next generation’  

Dr Monique Ebell

Dr Angus Armstrong

Posted: 23 September, 2014 - 15:30 with: Comments
In our recent paper on devolution we argue that real power requires granting UK regions the ability to borrow in addition to tax and spending powers. In a blog post, Tony Yates suggested that this would in fact create the same mess as the Euro zone.

Jonathan Portes

Posted: 9 September, 2014 - 21:57 with: Comments
Toby Young (Fulbright Lecture, 2014, reported by Laura McInery): Kids can't analyse or think critically without first learning facts
Posted: 5 September, 2014 - 10:32 with: Comments
The scenes at Calais over the past few days raise the question of why Britain is the "favoured destination" for illegal/irregular entrants to the European Union.