Monthly Archives: July 2013

Back of the envelope policy-making

This post was originally going to be about the pros and cons of two recent UK government policy announcements. The first proposes to force people to wait a week after losing their jobs before claiming JSA (Jobseeker’s Allowance), and the … Continue reading

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Could ‘pre-distribution’ boost the wage share?

In a guest post, Stewart Lansley captures the key findings from his latest TUC pamphlet (with Howard Reed) on how to reverse the increasing share of national income going to profits rather than pay packets. There has been much discussion … Continue reading

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U.S. Health Disadvantage is Not Inevitable

Two major research studies in the last year compare health indicators in the United States with other major upper-income countries. Both exhaustively review government statistics and published articles. The first study, from the Institute of Medicine, draws on a panel … Continue reading

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Killer evidence for intergenerational welfare dependency?

A joint post by Lindsey Macmillan and Ben Baumberg looks at an important – but easily misinterpreted – new paper on ‘Family Welfare Cultures’. With the topic of intergenerational worklessness high on the political agenda, a clever recent Norwegian paper … Continue reading

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Benefits: Fact and Fiction

As part of the International Year of Statistics (by the way, it’s also the International Year of Water Cooperation, and the International Year of Quinoa, so good quinoa recipes in the comments please), Ipsos Mori recently conducted a survey looking … Continue reading

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Brazilian protests: inequality and its consequences

In this guest post, Kênia Parsons of LSE/University of New South Wales explores the continuing, inequality-fuelled protests in her home country of Brazil. A wave of protests has invaded the Brazilian streets. An increase in bus fares was the spark needed … Continue reading

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The Asian American Paradox: “Model Minorities” and Outsiders

Asian Americans are among the fastest growing demographics in the United States, yet they receive little attention in the study of racial inequality. This is especially surprising because Asian Americans occupy a paradoxical position in American society — simultaneously successful … Continue reading

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Educational Inequalities in Parents’ Time with Children

In a guest post, Pablo Gracia looks at inequalities in how parents spend time with their children, using his own research on the UK and Spain – and then considers the likely causes, consequences, and what this might all mean for … Continue reading

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Inequality and civic morality

The moral bankruptcy of the modern rich is a popular topic these days; whether they are private individuals avoiding tax (see Jimmy Carr, Lord Ashcroft, and the new kings of full-on tax evasion, Dolce & Gabanna), or the heads of … Continue reading

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