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.


As the UK general election campaign goes into its final few days, leading economic researchers have been publishing their last reports on the policies outlined in the manifestos of the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats:

Journalists continue to make use of the directory of over 65 economists available to provide evidence and expert insights on election debates, which Diane Coyle and I have circulated via email and Twitter under the hashtag #GE2017Economists.


Not directly on the election but an important issue for the UK economy, the Centre for Macroeconomics at LSE published the latest in its series of expert surveys – this one on the low growth of real wages 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 Toulouse School of Economics (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 combating climate change 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 May 2017 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 LSE Impact blog and in Times Higher Education.