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Frozen thresholds in our tax system "are effectively hidden annual tax rises", writes Paul Johnson. These add up over time "and result in often-hidden changes to the nature of the tax system."
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Our new PM and Chancellor have pledged big spending increases before they know the shape and cost of Brexit. "We really should be consigning austerity to history, but we are in danger of talking our way into another dose of it", writes Paul Johnson.
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It's likely we will have a new Chancellor by the end of this week. What would their officials want them to know once they've walked through the door of No 11?
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Poor tax design creates inefficiency and unfairness but it is possible to correct the flaws
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Tax is just one policy lever among many others, yet our tax system affects the UK’s industrial structure in many ways. We should give consideration to these effects when designing tax policy. When we deviate from tax neutrality to steer the industrial structure, three questions need to be ...
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This weekend the state pension age, for both men and women, rose to 65 years and five months. It will continue to rise every couple of months until it reaches 66 in October next year. Further increases to 67 in 2028 and to 68 a decade or so after that are planned. These increases are the obvious, ...
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In this article, David Phillips argues that pivotal choices loom on local government funding, but if we don’t address what we expect from our councils we risk a system that fails to meet our objectives.
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Poverty, long associated with being out of work and with old age, is now mostly a phenomenon experienced by people who are actually in work or who are living in a household where someone is in work.
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Our research looks at the impacts that Sure Start had on children’s health during their primary school years from its start in 1999 and its peak in the late 2000s.
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Few things matter more than clarity over fiscal and economic strategy. We really should know a little more about where our potential future leaders stand on them.
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Both main parties have played politics over this issue, around the 2010 election, around the 2017 election, and at most points between. It has been little short of disgraceful
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In November last year, Nigeria declared that its water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector was in crisis. A community-level intervention aims to reduce open defecation and improve toilet coverage. So why does it work in some places and not others?
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"I would not begin to claim that the present economic and political settlement is anywhere near perfect", writes Paul Johnson, "but over the last 50 years it has delivered far more than we ever give it credit for."
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Ellie Bothwell
Rachel Griffith tells Times Higher Education how economists can be more engaging and accessible in the way we describe our work, and how Brexit could change the way we eat
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If the world can get to net zero in the second half of this century we should be able to avoid some of the worst consequences of climate change. The UK should play its part.
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Imran Rasul and Oriana Bandiera share the 2019 Yrjo Jahnsson award - for work that's careful, empirical, relevant, robust and on rather different issues to those you might expect.
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Stuart Adam and Thomas Pope
This month marks six years since councils were given responsibility for designing schemes that help low-income working-age households to pay their council tax, at the same time as central government funding for it was cut. In recently published research, we look at how schemes have changed, and ...
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While the UK’s exit from the European Union continues to dominate the political and economic landscape, another important process looms: the 2019 Spending Review. This will determine how government spending is to be distributed across departments beyond 2019–20, including spending on overseas ...
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The UK's lowest-paid workers are about to get a pay rise - the result of an increase in the minimum wage on Monday.Since it was introduced in 1999, the minimum wage has risen much faster than average pay. The government is considering what to do after 2020 and further rises are possible.
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We cannot have our cake and eat it. Decisions have consequences, and so does failure to decide. Pretending that there are no consequences won’t make them go away.