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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.

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Bart Van Ark

Posted: 4 May, 2021 - 09:32

The launch of a series of insight pieces by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) on the contours of a new fiscal framework for the United Kingdom has important implications for investment, productivity and sustained growth – not only for the UK but also for other countries. The economic recovery from the pandemic and the transition to a net-zero economy places a gigantic demand on sound fiscal policies around the world. In addition, the UK is also committed to levelling up disadvantaged regions while retaining and potentially strengthening its global competitiveness in the post-Brexit world.

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Philip Turner

Posted: 28 April, 2021 - 09:12

Swapan Pradhan of the BIS and I begin by looking at bonds as an asset. The striking fact is that over the past 20 years there has been an explosion in global investor demand for bonds denominated in the main currencies – dollars, euros and sterling.

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Dr Dea Nielsen

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Sarah Compton

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Louise Tracey

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Sara Bonetti

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Dr Claudine Bowyer-Crane

Posted: 27 April, 2021 - 10:14

The impact of Covid-19 on the education sector is well documented.  Schools experienced partial closures due to national lockdown for the first time in March 2020, with a second round of partial closures from January to March 2021.  With schools now open to all pupils, the focus is on how to recover from this disruption.  Unsurprisingly, the bulk of the narrative in the media and policy recommendations focuses on the impact of school closures on children, with talk of learning loss, and “catch-up” plans.  Disappointingly, the impact on teachers and ways to support them moving forward has been far less prominent. 

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Prof Huw Dixon

Posted: 21 April, 2021 - 11:45

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CPILW fell to 0.8% in March from 0.9% in February. The official CPIH measure of inflation rose significantly to 1%  from 0.7% the previous month.  The increase in inflation captured by CPIH may therefore be misleading, as it puts too large a weight on those sectors driving the increase.

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Dr Dea Nielsen

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Dr Claudine Bowyer-Crane

Posted: 21 April, 2021 - 08:19

The importance of evidence when making decisions about the implementation of services is now well understood.  What Works organisations such as the Education Endowment Foundation and the Early Intervention Foundation place evidence at the heart of their work as a means of distinguishing between programmes that work and those that do not. This evidence base is important in ensuring that resources are used to support the implementation of programmes that will make a difference to the target group. This reliance on evidence is going to be vital in Covid-19 recovery plans, as programmes to support all those affected by the pandemic are put in place. 

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Rory MacQueen

Posted: 26 March, 2021 - 14:44

There have been few occasions for optimism in the year since the UK has had to confront the Covid-19 pandemic.  This time last year we had just entered the first national lockdown, after a delay which NIESR estimates might have doubled the number of lives lost.

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Prof Huw Dixon

Posted: 24 March, 2021 - 12:29

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The CPILW inflation remained at 0.9% for February, unchanged from January. The CPIH measure of inflation fell slightly from 0.9% in January to 0.7% in February. Whilst the headline CPILW inflation was constant to the first decimal place, to two decimal places there was also a slight decrease from 0.91% to 0.86%.

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Dr Claudine Bowyer-Crane

Posted: 8 March, 2021 - 16:34

The theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge, asking us to “Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.”.

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Helen Finely

Posted: 8 March, 2021 - 16:22

The theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge, asking us to “Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.”.

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Dr Hande Küçük

Posted: 8 March, 2021 - 13:26

The theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge, asking us to “Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.”.

To celebrate IWD at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), we are publishing a series of Q&A blogs written by women at NIESR to explore various topics to celebrate their achievements, including the challenges and barriers they have overcome. We hope these blogs raise awareness against bias and encourage us all to take action for equality.

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Patricia Sánchez Juanino

Posted: 8 March, 2021 - 12:56

The theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge, asking us to “Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.”.

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Sarah Stevens

Posted: 5 March, 2021 - 13:48

The theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge, asking us to “Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.”.

Posted: 5 March, 2021 - 13:30

The theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge, asking us to “Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.”.

To celebrate IWD at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), we are publishing a series of Q&A blogs written by women at NIESR to explore various topics to celebrate their achievements, including the challenges and barriers they have overcome. We hope these blogs raise awareness against bias and encourage us all to take action for equality.

 

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Prof Diane Coyle

Posted: 5 March, 2021 - 13:16

The theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge, asking us to “Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.”.

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Dr Larissa Marioni

Posted: 5 March, 2021 - 13:03

The theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge, asking us to “Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.”.

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Janine Boshoff

Posted: 5 March, 2021 - 11:21

The theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge, asking us to “Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.”.

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Prof Huw Dixon

Posted: 17 February, 2021 - 12:45

The CPILW rose slightly from 0.8% in December to 0.9% in January.  The CPIH measure of inflation also increased from 0.8% in November 2020 to 0.9% in December. Both measures indicate a slight increase in inflation in January. 

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Dr Lei Xu

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Dr Chiara Manzoni

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Johnny Runge

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Dr Richard Dorsett

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Lucy Stokes

Posted: 15 February, 2021 - 17:27

The Covid-19 pandemic has served to further highlight the vital contribution of schools in society, not just with respect to learning and education, but also the much broader role they play in children and young people’s lives.

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Alessio D’Angelo

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Dr Chiara Manzoni

Posted: 1 February, 2021 - 13:30

This blog was first published by Social Policy Association

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