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The East Anglian Times
Will you harm your child's academic progress if you buy them a new iPhone 7?

Last year, a study by the London School of Economics claimed schools where mobile phones were banned saw test scores rise by an average of 6%. Perhaps a study should look at the gains such a move could make when it comes to children's emotional well-being. I can't help thinking it would be worth more than 6%.

This article was published by The East Anglian Times on September 25, 2016
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Also in:
Ipswich Star
Will you harm your child's academic progress if you buy them a new iPhone 7?

Related Publications
In brief ... Phone home: should mobiles be banned in schools?, Louis-Philippe Beland and Richard Murphy, CentrePiece Volume 20, Issue 1, Summer 2015"
Ill Communication: Technology, Distraction and Student Performance, Louis-Philippe Beland and Richard Murphy, Centre for Economic Performance Discussion Paper No.1350, May 2015

Related links
Richard Murphy webpage
Education and Skills Programme webpage


The Economist
Little Londons

However, land regulation may play a bigger role. According to a recent paper by Christian Hilber and Wouter Vermeulen of the London School of Economics, alongside Greater London, scarcity of open, developable land is greatest in and around Birmingham and Manchester.

This article was published in The Economist on September 24, 2016
Link to article here

Related publications
The Impact of Supply Constraints on House Prices in England, Christian A. L. Hilber and Wouter Vermeulen, SERC/Urban Programme Discussion Paper No.119, September 2012

Related links
Christian Hilber webpage
Urban Programme webpage


The Independent
Brexit: True cost of UK leaving EU without trade deal revealed

EXCLUSIVE: An analysis by The Independent of official data suggests British exporters would face a cost of at least £4.5bn - and in all likelihood they would take a hit many times larger
A separate analysis by the London School of Economics suggested the welfare losses of moving to the WTO rules in a ''big bang'' would be up to 3.5 per cent of GDP per head instantly. ''The fact that the country is in some way being told to be prepared to face what we regarded as a very pessimistic outcome is quite discouraging in itself,'' said Gianmarco Ottaviano of the LSE. John Van Reenen, a former colleague of Ottaviano and now Professor of Economics at MIT in the US, said trading under WTO rules would be a ''truly dreadful outcome for British people''.

This article was published by The Independent on September 23, 2016
Link to article here

See Also
DigitalSpy
Brexit: True cost of UK leaving EU without trade deal revealed

Related publications
See the complete set of CEP Brexit Analysis research papers here

Related links
Gianmarco Ottaviano webpage
John Van Reenen webpage
Trade Programme webpage
Growth Programme webpage


New Global Welfare Futures seminar series
LSE Department of Social Policy

All lectures will be held in Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE. Maps here

Can the Welfare States survive?
Speaker:  Prof Andrew Gamble (Cambridge/ Sheffield)
Tues 27th Sept,  6pm

The Return of the Family? Variation across post-industrial societies
Speaker:  Prof Mary Brinton (Harvard)
Tues 25th Oct,  6pm

Global Capitalism and the Rise of Inequality:  re-embedding (labour) markets and employment relations ?
Speaker:  Prof Lane Kenworthy (UC San Diego)
Wed 9th Nov, 6pm

Re-imagining Civil Society Engagement:  in search of social innovation
Speaker: Prof Maurizio Ferrera (Milan)
Wed 23rd Nov,  2pm


Climate Change, Inequality and Social Policy
A new interdisciplinary seminar series starting in Autumn 2016

Three institutes in LSE are hosting a new seminar series: the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (GRI), the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) and the new International Inequalities Institute (III). It will be chaired by Prof Ian Gough, Visiting Professor at CASE and Associate at Grantham.

The overlap between environmental pressures and degradation on the one hand and the ‘social dimension’ of inequality and human wellbeing on the other hand is of immense importance but under-researched. There is a yawning gap to be filled by a coherent, exciting and interdisciplinary research agenda. This series of seminars will explore and develop that agenda.  

 The seminars will be focused in two ways: on global warming and climate change rather than a wider range of environmental problems, and on the UK and other rich countries - the ‘welfare states’ of the OECD, roughly the same as and the Kyoto Annex II countries.

The first six seminars of the series will take place onThursday 3rd November 2016, 12.00-13.30 with Prof Ian Gough on ‘Climate change, Inequality and Social Policy’. Registration is required. Sign up for this seminar.


North-South economic and social divide still growing
suggests new CASE and University of Manchester research

The analysis suggests that the economic divergence between London and the Northern regions in England continues to grow. The gaps are also growing in relation to a number of social outcomes, such as education and health, with improvement in these outcomes in London being in line with economic conditions in the capital bouncing back to pre-recession levels or beyond while the North lags behind. But economic growth in London has not resulted in reduced poverty or inequality. The full paper is available here: Pulling in the Same Direction? Economic and Social Outcomes in London and the North of England Since the Recession, by Polina Obolenskaya, Ruth Lupton and Bert Provan.