What explains the growth in 'never-worked' households?

This research investigates what drove the substantial increase in 'never-worked' households between 1996-2005.

The number of homes where no one has ever worked has doubled in little more than a decade. But is this a sign of growing ‘welfare dependency’ or the result of other factors? This report looks at the characteristics of ‘never-worked’ households and considers the possible reasons for the increase.

The UK's Digital Economy

The digital economy, broadly defined, will almost certainly be a major contributor to UK economic growth over the next few years. While there are huge opportunities, and the UK is well-positioned, the issue is wider – and the policy responses necessarily more complex – than might first appear. 

Europe's refugee crisis: facts and policy responses

This Policy Brief was written by Yano Moussavi, who is currently a Research Intern at NIESR, and is a postgraduate student at the London School of Economics.  NIESR's work on mobility and immigration issues in the European Union is supported by the ESRC's "Britain in a Changing Europe" programme.


Trade Union Membership and Influence, 1999-2014

In this briefing note, we provide a current assessment of trade union membership and influence within the workplace. We use data from the Certification Officer, the Labour Force Survey, the British Social Attitudes Survey and the Workplace Employment Relations Survey to examine unions’ fortunes over the period 1999-2014. We show that union membership density continues to fall in Britain, but that the network of workplace reps has remained relatively resilient.

State of the Nation: A Review of the Evidence on the Supply and Demand of Quantitative Skills

This report reviews existing evidence on current levels of demand for quantitative skills (QS) in the UK and the extent to which this demand is matched by supply. As part of this assessment, we discuss how reliable and well-founded this evidence is and draw attention to important gaps in the current evidence base.

UK and EU Brief - Trade Brief

Summary data for UK and EU Trade

Immigration and the UK's Productivity Challenge

This is the second in a series of articles that looks at the role of the UK as a global trading nation. This article looks at immigration policy, and the role it can have in helping - or hindering - the UK's efforts to address the productivity challenge.

It is the second in a series of articles commissioned by NASSCOM, the premier trade body and the chamber of commerce of the Indian IT-BPM.  The first report can be read here.

Ethnic minorities and attainment: the effects of poverty

The lower educational achievement of White working class pupils in comparison with children from other ethnic backgrounds with similar socio-economic status continues to attract attention. This report, commissioned by the Department for Education, provides a review of the evidence. It explores why pupils in some ethnic groups appear to be more resilient to the pressures of poverty on educational attainment, compared with White British pupils.

Changing Mindsets

Evaluation report and Executive summary

The Changing Mindsets project sought to improve academic attainment by supporting pupils to develop a growth mindset: the belief that intelligence is not a fixed characteristic and can be increased through effort. Previous research (Good et al., 2003; Blackwell et al., 2007) has suggested that holding this belief enables pupils to work harder and achieve better results.

The trial was independently evaluated by a team from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

The Impact of the Financial Crisis on UK Company Performance

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