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CEP shares its research findings with as wide an audience as possible. Our research is published in our discussion paper series and in peer-reviewed academic journals. We also produce blogs, occasional papers, policy analyses and reports. The CEP magazine, CentrePiece, is published three times a year.
The self-employment trap?
Around two-in-five self-employed workers would switch to a salaried job if they could secure the same income, the latest Covid-19 analysis reveals. Read more...
Ready for change
What has happened to the pace of economic change - for workers, firms and the economy as a whole? As part of the Economy 2030 Inquiry, leading experts explore how and why to make the UK economy more dynamic. Read more...
Wages and vacancy duration
In a dynamic labour market, employer market power is jointly determined by the entry and exit margins of labour supply - ie the extent to which higher wages ease recruitment and improve rentention. Ihsaan Bassier, Alan M... Read more...
Ihsaan Bassier, Alan Manning and Barbara Petrongolo
28 September 2023
Keywords: employment ; wages
What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth:
Anamaria Tibocha-Nino discusses why we need to consider multipliers when thinking about local economic growth policies.... Read more...
26 September 2023
Keywords: economic geography ; multipliers
LSE Review of Books:
Creative destruction for growth and change.
John Van Reenen introduces his new book, The Economics of Creative Destruction, co-edited with Ufuk Akcigit, which explores how technological innovation can be used to drive growth and tackle problems from inequality to ... Read more...
John Van Reenen
25 September 2023
Keywords: productivity ; creative destruction ; technological change ; green growth
Britain's productivity shortfall is its foundational economic problem. Debate about this gap and how to fix it typically focus on raising productivity of existing firms, via two routes. First, innovation: investment, R&D... Read more...
Richard Davies, Nadim Hamdan and Gregory Thwaites
Keywords: uk economy ; employment ; technological change ; productivity
LSE Business Review:
What can house prices tell us about the environmental costs of overhead power lines.
The transition to green energy requires many new electrical power lines to be constructed. In the UK, this construction is a contentious planning and political issue. Steve Gibbons and Cheng Keat Tang show the local cost... Read more...
Stephen Gibbons and Cheng Keat Tang
Keywords: economic geography ; green growth
Are the self-employed trapped?
Still affected by the cost-of-living crisis, the self-employed are still struggling to recover their finances and mental health. Many of them would leave for a salaried job, yet they appear to be stuck in self-employment... Read more...
Robert Blackburn and Maria Ventura
Keywords: uk economy ; employment ; wages ; covid-19
CEP Covid-19 analysis
The seventh LSE-CEP survey of the self-employed was undertaken in June 2023. The results revealed that the self-employed are still in the doldrums and their incomes and activity have not resumed to pre-pandemic levels. T... Read more...
Robert Blackburn, Stephen Machin and Maria Ventura
Keywords: self-employed ; regular employment ; energy costs ; post pandemic ; cost of living crisis
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Induced innovation and international environmental agreements: evidence from the ozone regime.
This paper revisits one of the rare success stories in global environmental cooperation: the Montreal Protocol and the phase-out of ozone-depleting substances. I show that the protocol increased science and innovation on... Read more...
22 September 2023
Keywords: induced innovation ; directed technological change ; green innovation
Forward-looking labour supply responses to changes in pension wealth
As populations age, the strain on government budgets will keep pension reform at the forefront of political campaigns and policy debates worldwide. Elisabeth Artmann, Nicola Fuchs-Schundeln and Giulia Giupponi analyse ho... Read more...
Elisabeth Artmann, Nicola Fuchs-Schundeln and Giulia Giupponi
Keywords: employment ; pensions ;
Free to improve? The impact of free school attendance in England
We investigate the impact of attending a free school in England - that is, a new start-up school that enjoys considerable autonomy while remaining in the state sector. We analyse the effects of two secondary free schools... Read more...
Marco Bertoni, Gabriel Heller-Sahlgren and Olmo Silva
21 September 2023
Keywords: school autonomy ; quasi-markets ; free schools ; achievement ; schools
Do larger firms exert more market power? Markups and markdowns along the size distribution
Several models posit a positive cross-sectional correlation between markups and firm size, which characterizes misallocation, factor shares, and gains from trade. Accounting for labor market power in markup estimation, w... Read more...
Matthias Mertens and Bernardo Mottironi
Keywords: markups ; markdowns ; market power ; firm size
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Is this sunak's 'moment of shame' (podcast).
Rishi Sunak was propelled into explaining his new position in a hastily arranged press conference after details of plans to adjust (water down) his commitment to green policies were leaked to the BBC. Anna Valero and Lor... Read more...
20 September 2023
Keywords: uk economy ; green growth ; podcast
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The uk should lead on a green industrial strategy not roll back.
The UK government appears to be watering down its commitments to net zero, breaking the cross-party consensus on the need for Britain to lead in the global battle against climate change. Yet now is the time to double dow... Read more...
Esin Serin, Anna Valero and John Van Reenen
Keywords: green growth ; uk economy
Understanding efficiency and equity
Henry Overman explains why we need to consider efficiency and equity when thinking about local economic growth policies.... Read more...
Henry G. Overman
Keywords: uk economy ; economic geography
Book Review: Wellbeing: Science and Policy by Richard Layard and Jan-Emmanuel De Neve
In Wellbeing: Science and Policy, Richard Layard and Jan-Emmanuel De Neve present an enquiry into human wellbeing: what factors create it, how can it be effectively measured and how can it be improved? The authors' rich ... Read more...
Jan-Emmanuel De Neve and Richard Layard
19 September 2023
Keywords: wellbeing ; uk economy ; policy
A tale of two cities (part 2)
Few would disagree that the UK has a significant productivity problem, or fail to recognise that the poor performance of the nation's largest cities outside the capital contribute to that situation. As the Economy 2030 I... Read more...
Paul Brandily, Mike Brewer, Nye Cominetti, Matt Coombes, Adam Corlett, Lindsay Judge, Felicia Odamtten, Henry G. Overman, Cara Pacitti, Gui Rodrigues, Krishan Shah, Paul Swinney and Lalitha Try
Keywords: uk economy ; economy2030 ; economic geography ; productivity
Gender gaps from labor market shocks
Job loss leads to persistent adverse labor market outcomes, but assessments of gender differences in labor market recovery are lacking. We utilize plant closures in Denmark to estimate gender gaps in labor market outcome... Read more...
Ria Ivandic and Anne Sophie Lassen
18 September 2023
Keywords: gender gaps ; childcare ; job loss
Christopher Pissarides: 'The more I study AI, the more optimistic I get about the labour market'
The rapid developments in artificial intelligence have been causing fears that many jobs will disappear. But Christopher Pissarides sees reason for optimism. In this Q&A with Maayan Arad, he says that the need to deal wi... Read more...
Maayan Arad and Christopher A. Pissarides
Keywords: technological change ; employment ; ai
A tale of two cities (part 1)
After the success of the Commonwealth Games in 2022, Birmingham is now in the news for the wrong reasons. Financial difficulties facing the City Council culminated in a formal declaration on 5 September 2023 that Britain... Read more...
14 September 2023
Keywords: economy2030 ; economic geography ; productivity ; growth
Anamaria Tibocha-Nino explains why considering agglomeration is important for local economic growth policies and what to consider when thinking about agglomeration.... Read more...
Keywords: economic geography ; uk economy
Don't let present bias keep you from getting ready for AI
Despite the quick pace of changes AI is producing in the workplace, many leaders are still not considering how things might soon be done very differently. 'Present bias' keeps them from leveraging new technologies to mak... Read more...
Yolanda Blavo, Grace Lordan and Jasmine Virhia
13 September 2023
Keywords: wellbeing ; technological change
Brazil's comparative advantage in soybean production triggered deforestation
Tropical ecosystems house an immense biomass, which makes it imperative to understand how they are affected by technology and trade. Igor Carreira, Francisco Costa and Joao Paulo Pessoa examine the Brazilian rainforest's... Read more...
Igor Carreira, Francisco Costa and Joao Paulo Pessoa
12 September 2023
Keywords: economic geography ; globalisation ; climate ; trade ; environment ; green growth
Public sector relocation: how to think about local impacts
Will Brett-Harding investigates the effects of public sector relocation on local areas that are destinations for the relocated or new public sector activity.... Read more...
11 September 2023
Keywords: economic geography ; public sector ; uk economy
What explains the gender division of labour and how can it be redressed.
Adam Smith's division of labour was about the efficiency gains from task specialisation in factories. But the gender division - gaps between men and women in pay, prestige, career progression and much more - can also be ... Read more...
Keywords: gender ; employment ; labour market
Is AI coming for our jobs? (podcast)
Maayan Arad speaks to experts about Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the courtroom, and what might happen if robots take over the roles of judges. And explore how journalism and other professional fields could be affected... Read more...
Maayan Arad, Charlie Beckett, Giulia Gentile and Christopher A. Pissarides
7 September 2023
Keywords: technological change ; ai ; employment ; podcast