This post is the fifth of a Communicating Economics series outlining what I’ve been reading, attending or thinking about over the past week or so.
- The latest reports in the election analysis from the (CEP) at the London School of Economics (LSE) look at , , and .
- The (IFS) published briefings on the parties’ plans on tax, health and education – as well the fiscal plans of the Scottish National Party.
- The National Institute of Economic and Social Research ( on the UK’s productivity puzzle; regional inequality in household incomes; and NHS funding. ) published
- The completed its series on what the manifestos say about international trade – plus an analysis of the potential harm that Brexit will cause to .
- The LSE British Politics and Policy blog published an assessment of what the manifestos say about .
- The UK in a Changing Europe research programme published its analysis of .
Journalists continue to make use of the directory of over 65 economists available to provide evidence and expert insights on election debates, whichand I have circulated via email and Twitter under the hashtag .
Not directly on the election but an important issue for the UK economy, the Centre for Macroeconomics at LSE published the latest in its – this one on the during the recovery phase from the Great Recession and its impact on European employment rates. A majority of respondents agreed that the dire performance of UK real wage growth is in large part due to the country’s labour market policies, which provide workers with comparatively weak protection.
The (TSE), one of my favourite research institutions, hosted a stimulating debate and ‘networking cocktail’ at the French Institute in London. I moderated a discussion about approaches to with TSE vice-president Christian Gollier, Rick van der Ploeg of Oxford University, and Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge. The announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change came as we drew to a close.
The issue of the Economic Journal, published last week, includes research reports on match-fixing in sport; income tax differentials and household relocation decisions in Switzerland; property rights, deforestation and conflict in Brazil; the impact of gender stereotypes on behaviour; and the double-edged sword of reducing income inequality with taxes.
Finally, for some good advice on communicating research with social media, take a look at the new book published by current and former members of the LSE blogs team. Some of the key messages are summarised on the and in .