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

Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 12 January, 2015 - 13:06 with: Comments
When we think of welfare to work schemes we picture job centres, the Work Programme and providers such as A4E and Ingeus. We think of media representations of jobcentres,  through television sitcoms such as The Job Lot or the League of Gentleman's dispiriting job club run by the cruel pen-fetishist Pauline.

Jonathan Portes

Posted: 2 January, 2015 - 23:30 with: Comments
There has been something of a storm in a teacup over the Prime Minister’s claim, repeated in the Conservatives’ election poster that the deficit has been halved.  Fraser Nelson, in particular, is very exercised about this, claiming that only economists think about the deficit as a percentage of GDP as opposed to the deficit in cash terms.

Jonathan Portes

Posted: 2 January, 2015 - 09:49 with: Comments
Today the Financial Times  published its annual survey of UK economists’ views of prospects for the year ahead.  As ever, before looking at what we think might happen this year, it’s worth looking at what we said last year.  The FT is quite complimentary about our record, saying we scored “many more hits than misses”, in particular on the course of the UK economy.  This is what I said last January:

Anitha George

Posted: 19 December, 2014 - 11:19 with: Comments
It is common sense – supported by research – that if an ex-prisoner gets a job soon after release, they are far less likely to reoffend. And equally it has long been the case that employment support for ex-prisoners in the UK has been patchy, with prison leavers often getting little or no employment support until well after release – by which time, of course, lack of income and other factors associated with non-employment may already have led to reoffending.

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. *