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

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.

Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 27 August, 2014 - 09:44 with: Comments
What do the public think about international students? Do they see them simply as generating revenue for universities or as longer term migrants who can bring new talent to the UK? New research by British Future shows that there is support for international students among the general public who both recognise the benefits they bring and believe we should make us of their skills and talent.

Dr Anna Rosso

Posted: 4 August, 2014 - 10:39 with: Comments
It is a matter of fact that migration is at the centre of the economic and political debate. On one side, we can find economists that regard immigration as beneficial for the country. On the opposite side, because of the large expansion of flows after 2004, public opinion is much less positive, forcing politicians to introduce measures that aim at reducing net migration 'from hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands'.