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The failures of our economic policy in recent decades have not arisen from constraints imposed by the European Union, they have been our own failures.
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Orazio Attanasio, Peter Levell, Hamish Low and Virginia Sanchez-Marcos
Economists disagree on the size of labour supply elasticities. The column uses a model of female labour supply to show that there is substantial heterogeneity in both cross section and over the business cycle. It is not possible to think about labour supply elasticity as a unique structural ...
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The independence of the UK Statistics Authority and the Committee on Climate Change makes their analysis, statistics and recommendations trustworthy. It allows governments to be held to account.
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It's a fact that spending on schools in England is much higher than it was 20 years ago. But that's not the full picture in a country which has seen a population boom coincide with a squeeze on public spending. Spending per pupil is actually lower than it was in 2010 in today's prices - as is the ...
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Men with low levels of formal qualifications have had a terrible time in the labour market and are at risk of worse to come.
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The chancellor managed to ease the squeeze on the public sector with his Budget on Monday but he dodged the tough decisions needed to come up with long-term solutions for funding services, says Ben Zaranko.
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IFS Director Paul Johnson writes in The Times ahead of the Autumn Budget 2018.
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The budget is less than two weeks away. Philip Hammond will have some good news to announce on the deficit. But mostly the challenges facing the UK public finances suggest that some very difficult choices will need to be made over the next few years.
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The fact that employees have workplace rights that the self-employed do not cannot be used to justify higher taxes on them, says Helen Miller.
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David Phillips, associate director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, discusses the current health of local government finance, and the prospects of a 'fairer' funding formula helping improve the situation.
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It is hard to overstate just how big a change universal credit will be. It will create millions of winners and losers. Any poll tax moment, though, is most likely to occur for administrative reasons.
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Workers in certain manufacturing sectors are particularly exposed to potential trade barriers with the EU and could struggle to find jobs elsewhere.
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Plans announced by the Labour leader and shadow chancellor amount to an alternative to the form of market capitalism practised in this country for at least the past 40 years.
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A new poverty measure combines elements of the current absolute and relative measures by comparing incomes to a rolling three-year average of median incomes. So how many people are in poverty in the UK? Just over a fifth of the population, a fraction which appears to have changed little over the ...
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Whitehall and councils agree: new assessments of spending needs should be evidence-based and objective. But is that possible?
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When it comes to big decisions around Brexit and independence it is dangerous to pretend that the political choice does not require some serious economic choices too, says IFS Director Paul Johnson in The Times.
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The recalculation of local government funding allocations should take into account all the ways councils could bring in money.
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The last time the government updated its assessment of what different councils in England need to spend was in 2013. And since 2016, the cuts the government has been making to the grants it gives to councils have taken into account the council tax revenues they raised in 2015-16. This has left ...
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We have have a rather oblique and expensive way of instilling general skills at university. It is probably one reason why those from less advantaged backgrounds still earn so much less than their better-off peers doing exactly the same course.
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Rising house prices have not only left fewer young people able to buy a home, they have also divided them into property "haves" and "have-nots".