The NIESR blog is a forum for Institute research staff to provide an informed, independent view on current economic issues and recent NIESR research. The views expressed here are those of the authors, and are not necessarily those of the Institute.

Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 19 June, 2017 - 15:01 with: Comments
If the UK’s route out of the EU was less than clear before the General Election, events of the last ten days have torn the road map into shreds. The Conservative and Labour manifestos ruled out free movement, yet everything now seems to be up for grabs. 

Prof Jagjit S. Chadha

Posted: 9 June, 2017 - 11:10 with: Comments
The hung Parliament is a vote for ‘None of the above’.  Sadly, none of the political parties addressed the economic issues that have dominated the experiences of households over the past 10 years.  Productivity has barely progressed in a decade and as a result real wages have hardly increased either.  

Cyrille Lenoel

Posted: 8 June, 2017 - 11:36 with: Comments
As French citizens prepare to go to poll on Sunday to elect their representatives in the National Assembly, the lower – and more powerful – of the two chambers of parliament, here is a snapshot of how the French economy has performed in the last five years, identifying three key challenges to long-term prosperity. To follow through on President Macron’s reformist agenda, it is important that a majority willing to tackle those problems emerges from the assembly.

Prof Peter Dolton

Posted: 6 June, 2017 - 10:43 with: Comments
The British Public love the NHS.  But, when push comes to shove, how much extra are they willing to pay for it? This is not an easy question to ask or answer.  Recent evidence from a large representative sample of the British public has been gathered which sheds some light on this question.

Prof Peter Dolton

Posted: 2 June, 2017 - 10:38 with: Comments
In England, the primary care physician is the General Practitioner (GP) and plays a central role in the National Health Service (NHS). The reality of the NHS service is that 90% of all contacts with the NHS are made with General Practice which remains a highly cost-effective method of delivering health care for the general population and performs a ‘gatekeeping’ function for more expensive treatment in Secondary Care.

Graham Hacche

Iana Liadze

Posted: 23 May, 2017 - 11:52 with: Comments
The gradual strengthening of the global expansion that we projected in the February 2017 Economic Review, following the seven-year low for world GDP growth reached in 2016, seems to be materialising.