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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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Prof John Muellbauer

Posted: 2 August, 2018 - 00:00

The Government admits “the UK housing market is broken”. No other major economy has experienced such a large rise since 1970 in house prices compared to income. The symptoms include the rise in the number of family units without their own home, dramatic falls in the rates of owner-occupation, particularly for younger households and the rise in the Housing Benefit bill.

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Dr Arno Hantzsche

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Amit Kara

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Cyrille Lenoel

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Dr Rebecca Piggott

Posted: 1 August, 2018 - 14:55

The UK government published a White Paper on 12th July outlining its preferences for a future relationship with the EU. In this blog we compare the proposals outlined in the White Paper against other EU free trade agreements (FTA) and also estimate the impact on the UK relative to our central forecast, published in August 2018, that assumes a soft Brexit.

Our results suggest that the UK is looking for a trading relationship that is similar in scope to the arrangement between the EU and Switzerland. If that is indeed the case, we believe that the EU will insist that the UK make concessions on the freedom of movement of people and also ask for a budgetary contribution to EU programmes related to the single market.

We estimate that the economy will suffer an annual loss of around £500 per head over time if the White Paper proposals are broadly agreed.

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Marta Lopresto

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Barry Naisbitt

Posted: 31 July, 2018 - 09:42

During the time of uncertainty before a coalition of populist parties formed a government in Italy at the end of May, there was a rapid sell-off of Italian bonds, with the yield on the ten-year Italian government bond hitting 3.2 per cent in early June. In the same period, the Italian benchmark FTSE MIB index declined by 13 per cent compared to a month earlier.

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Dr Marta Paczos

Posted: 19 July, 2018 - 12:42

How do you tell a regular trade dispute from a trade war? The trade literature has not developed a textbook definition of the latter so far. However, recent developments on the global trade arena initiated by the current US Administration clearly indicate we’re leaving dispute territory and heading for a full blown war.

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Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 16 July, 2018 - 12:59

Today’s official immigration statistics show a fall in net migration from the EU to 101,000, the lowest level since the year ending March 2013.  

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Johnny Runge

Posted: 12 July, 2018 - 12:57

In their widely acclaimed 1998 book Inside the Black Box, British educationalists Dylan Wiliam and Paul Black popularised the notion of ‘formative assessment’, highlighting the importance of how teachers provide feedback and use it to adapt their teaching to better meet pupils’ needs.

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Marta Lopresto

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Amit Kara

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Dr Garry Young

Posted: 5 July, 2018 - 18:12

For more than twenty years, following the pioneering work of Martin Weale and our colleagues, NIESR provided the only published estimates of monthly GDP for the United Kingdom.  Starting next Tuesday, 10th July 2018, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) will for the first time publish an official monthly GDP series. 

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Dr Lea Samek

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Lucy Stokes

Posted: 20 June, 2018 - 10:34

Saving for retirement is something many of us put off. Putting money into a pension can sometimes take a back seat in comparison to other financial priorities in our lives. But quite often many of us are also inclined to delay starting a pension – not least because the decision as to how best to save for the future is not an easy one.

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Geoff Mason

Posted: 7 June, 2018 - 15:23

A new analysis of OECD survey data by researchers at Cambridge and the Institute of Education suggests that as many as 40% of adults in England and Northern Ireland are unable to calculate simple proportions and more than half are unable to interpret a basic line graph. 

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Prof Jagjit S. Chadha

Posted: 5 June, 2018 - 12:23

Worrying developments in Italy and elsewhere in the Euro Area underline the implications arising from poor management of fiscal risks.  Fiscal policy can be a great way of sharing risks faced by households but there is an ever-present tension between acting now in the face of known shocks and retaining some space for future action in response to as yet unknown shocks. 

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Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 5 June, 2018 - 11:27

NIESR was founded 80 years ago this week and it’s a time to remember those who contributed to the life and success of the Institute over the decades. One of our brightest stars is Professor Sig Prais who was closely associated with the Institute for more than 60 years.

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Alexandra Dumitru

Posted: 5 June, 2018 - 10:04

A guest blog by Alexandra Dumitru, an economist at RaboResearch

“All forms of Brexit are a hard Brexit for customs” I was recently told by a customs- expert. The study by RaboResearch, Rabobank's knowledge centre, on the impact of Brexit published in the May edition of the National Institute Economic Review drew more or less the same conclusion from an economic point of view: leaving the EU has significant direct and structural economic costs for the UK. 

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Marta Lopresto

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Amit Kara

Posted: 1 June, 2018 - 08:53

The fears over the political stability in Italy, as the populist Five Star and League coalition is now back on the scenes to form a government, come against major structural hurdles including high public debt, a poor productivity growth record and an ageing population. 

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Stephen Macekura

Posted: 30 May, 2018 - 16:07

How do we know if the economy is doing well?  For many decades, the short answer to that question has been to review a single number: Gross Domestic Product (GDP). If the GDP grows, spirits are high. If the GDP declines or its growth rate slows, concerns abound.

 

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Prof Roger Farmer

Posted: 30 May, 2018 - 13:02

My paper, Pricing Assets in a Perpetual Youth Model, was recently published in the Review of Economic Dynamics. The paper uses mathematics to make a point.  But the idea is simple and worth explaining in English.  Here is what I said about it when I first put out the working paper in May of 2016. 

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Dr Arno Hantzsche

Posted: 24 May, 2018 - 12:05

A debate is raging among both academics and policymakers whether wage growth and unemployment still form a negative relationship, in other words, whether the wage Phillips curve is alive. 

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Nathan Hudson-Sharp

Posted: 16 May, 2018 - 15:02

As shown by Stonewall’s recent Trans Report, it is difficult to overstate the obstacles faced by the UK’s transgender population. Harassment, violence and discrimination are staples of trans peoples’ daily experiences, resulting in high rates of mental distress, self-harm, and suicide.

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Marta Lopresto

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Amit Kara

Posted: 4 May, 2018 - 12:25

Real wages are currently growing considerably below the pre-crisis average in many advanced economies. This is particularly striking especially against a backdrop of tight labour markets across a number of G7 economies, leading many economists to question the well-known relationship between unemployment and wage growth that is embodied in the wage-Phillips curve. Take the UK as an example, why is wage growth so low with the unemployment rate at a 40 year low of 4.2 per cent? Back in 1975, when the unemployment rate was at similar levels, wage growth was above 30 percent in nominal terms.

 

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Ulf Slopek

Posted: 3 May, 2018 - 08:32

The Trump administration has embarked on an ambitious trade policy agenda supposedly to strengthen the US economy and reduce its trade deficit. Amongst other things, the government initiated renegotiations of existing trade deals (such as NAFTA) and started to enforce US trade laws aggressively, not shying away from unilateral actions.

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Dr George MacKerron

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Prof Peter Dolton

Posted: 24 April, 2018 - 17:56

Football is a truly global sport. Behavioural economics can now be used to chart this phenomenon and its knock-on consequences.  The vagaries of our team’s fortunes affect us much more than we think and can have many unfortunate consequences. It is well known that football outcomes can affect absenteeism at work, drunkenness, and civil disorder. Indeed research in the US has also linked NFL results to domestic violence. 

 

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