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

Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 24 August, 2015 - 11:08 with: Comments
A Freedom of Information (FoI) request from Welfare Weekly has led the Department for Work and Pensions to withdraw a leaflet featuring fictional case studies from ‘Sarah’ and ‘Zac’. The leaflet gave Sarah’s reflections on being sanctioned: ‘I didn’t think a CV would help me but my work coach told me that all employers need one. I didn’t have a good reason for not doing it and I was told I’d lose some of my payment’.

Tamara Baleanu

Dr Jake Anders

Lucy Stokes

Posted: 21 August, 2015 - 12:01 with: Comments
Charities are increasingly required to demonstrate that they are achieving impact, based on robust evaluation of their work. While it is important to ensure resources are being used effectively, undertaking evaluation often poses challenges for charities, which may well have limited resources or experience with which to do this.

Dr Alex Bryson

John Forth

Posted: 29 July, 2015 - 09:11 with: Comments
In the years since the financial crisis in 2008, the UK has seen poor GDP growth combine with sustained employment levels to push down output per worker. In this blog, Alex Bryson and John Forth explain what we know about why labour productivity has so been so dismal and whether we can solve the ‘productivity puzzle’. 

John Forth

Posted: 15 July, 2015 - 18:51 with: Comments
The government has today announced plans to place further restrictions on ballots for industrial action. This blog looks at the prevalence of industrial action in Britain and the likely implications of the Bill for employment relations. How common are strikes in Britain today?

Alasdair Smith

Posted: 14 July, 2015 - 22:21 with: Comments
This is a guest blog by Professor Alasdair Smith, Professor Emeritus of Economics (and former vice-Chancellor) of the University of Sussex. George Osborne proposes to pass a law enshrining his fiscal target of a balanced budget in ‘normal’ times. This proposal is at first sight paradoxical. Why should a government pass a law requiring it to do what it wants to do? As always with Mr Osborne, there’s the political objective of making life uncomfortable for the opposition.

Dr Monique Ebell

Dr Angus Armstrong

Posted: 14 July, 2015 - 08:47 with: Comments
Only two hours after the Scottish referendum result was declared, Prime Minister Cameron announced that “just as Scotland will vote separately in a Scottish parliament on their issues of tax, spending and welfare, so too England as well as Wales and Northern Ireland should be able to vote on these issues”.[1]