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

Jonathan Portes

Posted: 23 February, 2015 - 13:59 with: Comments
Immigration was a central issue in the 2010 election, with the Conservatives pledging to reduce net migration to the “levels of the 1990s, when it was tens of thousands per year". Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats suggested an amnesty for irregular migrants who had been in the country for more than ten years.

Dr Alex Bryson

Posted: 17 February, 2015 - 14:24 with: Comments
Can the number of people born in the same year as you (i.e., the size of your birth cohort) affect your chances of success in life?  Or how about the month of year you are born in (i.e., your relative age), does that matter in terms of predicting success? If you are a professional athlete where success and performance can be pretty accurately measured, does any of this birth stuff really matter?

Dr Alex Bryson

John Forth

Posted: 16 February, 2015 - 11:39 with: Comments
Across Britain around half of all listed firms run some kind of all-employee stock purchase plan (ESPP). These offer workers the opportunity to buy shares in the firm at discounted rates. But why do firms do this, and what do they hope to get out of them? Perhaps they are just a tax-efficient way of paying workers?

Dr Richard Dorsett

Posted: 4 February, 2015 - 10:30 with: Comments
The youth unemployment rate in the UK is now at 16 per cent, nearly four times that of the rest of the working age population. While the youth labour market is particularly susceptible to cyclical fluctuations, there are also structural issues that may not disappear with the return of economic growth as some young people struggle to make a successful transition from school into work. We estimate that roughly one in ten young people fall into this category.

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.