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CEP Brexit Analyses

The latest in a series of #CEPBrexit reports, published by the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at the London School of Economics, explains how the 'Economists for Brexit' fail to grasp basic facts about the nature of regulation, product standards and international trade.

This article appeared in CEP Brexit Analyses on 27 May 2016. Link to article

Related publications
‘Economists for Brexit: A Critique’ Thomas Sampson, Swati Dhingra, Gianmarco Ottaviano and John Van Reenen, CEP Brexit Analysis No.06, May 2016 The complete series of Brexit Papers are available online here

Related links
Swati Dhingra webpage
Gianmarco Ottaviano webpage
Thomas Sampson webpage
John Van Reenen webpage
Trade Programme webpage
Growth Programme webpage

Left Foot Forward
European freedom of movement is a class issue

Last week yet another report, this time from the London School of Economics, concluded that there is no evidence of an overall negative impact of immigration on jobs or wages.

This article apperaed in Left Foot Forward on 27 May 2016 Link to article

Related publications
‘Immigration and the UK Labour Market’, Jonathan Wadsworth, CEP Election Analysis No.19, May 2015

Related links
Swati Dhingra webpage
Gianmarco Ottaviano webpage
John Van Reenen webpage
Jonathan Wadsworth webpage
Labour Markets Programme webpage
Trade Programme webpage
Growth Programme webpage

The Washington Post
Scientists have figured out exactly how much fun it is to get drunk

In other words, most people get drunk because it's fun. This is why some new research from Britain is so important: It attempts to quantify exactly how much happiness we derive from that glass of wine or bottle of beer. And it does so using a massive real-time data set — the Mappiness app, a free iPhone app that pings people a few random times a day and asks them how happy they are on a scale of 1 to 100.

This article appeared in the Washington Post on 24 May 2016. Link to article

Related Publications
Are you happy while you work? Alex Bryson and George MacKerron. Article in CentrePiece Volume 18, Issue 1, Summer 2013
This article summarises Are you happy while you work? by Alex Bryson and George MacKerron. Centre for Economic Performance Discussion Paper No.1187, February 2013

Related links
Alex Bryson CEP Alumni
Labour Markets Programme webpage

LSE Housing and Communities Book Launch
Cities for a Small Continent: International Handbook of City Recovery by Professor Anne Power

LSE Housing and Communities, with support from La Fabrique de la Cité invites you to the launch of Anne Power's latest publication 'Cities for a Small Continent'. This book draws together 10 years of ground-level research into the ways Europe's ex-industrial cities are treading new paths in sustainability. Anne Power uses seven case-study cities to detail how and why city change happens, and how cities in the world's smallest, most crowded, most city-loving continent can build a more viable, balanced and sustainable urban future.

Listen to the podcast:

Chaired by Professor Ricky Burdett, this event will explore the causes and consequences of urban challenges in post-industrial European cities and the potential that their model offers in creating more sustainable cities. Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution will situate this study in a US-context whilst Anne Power will set out the European perspective. Speakers confirmed are:
  • Professor Ricky Burdett, LSE Cities
  • Professor Anne Power, LSE Housing and Communities and Professor of Social Policy
  • Bruce Katz, Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution
Cities for a Small Continent will be available to buy at the event. There will also be an opportunity to have your book signed by Anne Power and Bruce Katz.

The event is free but booking is essential. Please RSVP to to register your interest.

Old Theatre, Old Building, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 3PH

LSE Housing Special Event

Tackling Extreme Poverty
New research work reveals ways to break the poverty trap

The World Bank published a blog on the work lead by STICERD director Professor Oriana Bandiera in collaboration with the IGC, UCL and BRAC, on the subject of reducing extreme poverty

Markus Goldstein, who is lead economist in the Office of Chief Economist in the Africa Region at the World Bank,  highlights the most important contributions that the recently revised paper "Labor Markets and Poverty in Village Economies" makes to the question of lifting the ultra poor.

The research, which looks at BRAC's Targeting the Ultra-Poor program implemented in Bangladesh, shows that: (i) the poor are able to take on the work activities of the non-poor but face barriers to doing so, and, (ii) one-off interventions that remove these barriers lead to sustainable poverty reduction.

In his blog, Goldsteing concludes that Professor Bandiera and her colleagues "indicate a sustainable (and cost effective – see the paper for the numbers) way to break poverty traps and map a clear and sustainable trajectory out of poverty". 

Sanctions and inequalities: what do we know and need to know about the impact of benefit sanctions
on particular groups?


CASE and UK Administrative Justice Institute (UKAJI) jointly held a seminar with a panel discussion on 16th March 2016.


It brought together three speakers who have investigated different aspects of the impact of sanctions, and provided the opportunity for participants to discuss the evidence and gaps in our knowledge. Presentation slides and associated papers are available below.



Anne Power (CASE, LSE)

How are sanctions hitting people’s lives? Community-level evidence


Aaron Reeves (International Inequalities Institute, LSE)

Does applying sanctions to unemployment benefit recipients increase welfare exit and employment? A cross-area analysis of UK sanctioning reforms  download here

Working paper: Do punitive approaches to unemployment benefit recipients increase welfare exit and employment? download here


David Webster (University of Glasgow)

Sanctions: The Missing Evidence download here

Listen to the presentations here  


Discussants: Michael Adler (University of Edinburgh) and Maurice Sunkin (UKAJI)

Notes from the session available to download here

Listen to the discussion here