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BBC World Service Radio
The documentary: the price of inequality

Robert Peston speaks to Gabriel Zucman and other policymakers and opinion shapers, discussing inequality in the US and around the globe.

The programme was broadcast by the BBC World Service on March 4, 2015
Link to the broadcast here

Related links
Gabriel Zucman webpage
Productivity and Innovation Programme webpage

Socialist Worker
State terror and West's wars helped create an Isis fighter

Immigration and security minister James Brokenshire responded ... ''Uncontrolled, mass immigration makes it difficult to maintain social cohesion, puts pressure on public services and can force down wages.'' But even a major study by the London School of Economics found last week that this was not true. It said that immigration did not force down wages or lead to unemployment.

This article was published by The Socialist Worker on March 3, 2015
Link to article here

Related publications
EA019: Immigration and the UK Labour Market, Jonathan Wadsworth, Centre for Economic Performance 2015 Election Analyses Series, February 2015

Related links
Jonathan Wadsworth webpage
Labour Market Programme webpage

The Telegraph
Renewables bill, Cost of going green 'won't turn industry away from Europe'

The cost of subsidising the construction of more renewable energy won't deter industry from investing in Europe, according to a new study by the London School of Economics. ''Contrary to some claims, rises in energy prices do not have much effect on the global competitiveness of businesses,'' said Antoine Dechezlepretre, one of its authors. ''Even a sizeable difference in the price of energy relative to the rest of the world has only a very small impact on a country's imports and exports.''

This article was published by The Daily Telegraph on March 2, 2015
Link to article here

Related publications
'Asymmetric Industrial Energy Prices and International Trade', Antoine Dechezlepretre and Misato Sato, Centre for Economic Performance Discussion Paper No.1337, March 2015

Related links
Antoine Dechezlepretre webpage
Productivity and Innovation Programme webpage

Public Economics Annual Symposium 2015

The 2015 CEPR Annual Public Economics Symposium will take place on 14-15 May at the London School of Economics. It will be hosted by STICERD and co-funded by the International Growth Centre.

The goal of the symposium is to provide a forum for high-quality work in public economics and to bring together economists in the field from across Europe as well as key researchers from outside the region.

This year's symposium features a keynote talk by Professor Emmanuel Saez, UC Berkeley. The symposium will also include a number of sessions devoted specifically to the theme of "public economics and development".

The event provides a unique opportunity for researchers from different universities and countries to discuss their work in a relaxed atmosphere and to develop long-term collaborative relationships. It is also a great opportunity for young researchers to meet and discuss their work with senior economists.

For more information about this event please go to

Inequality in the 21st Century:
a day long engagement with Thomas Piketty

11th May 2015, Old Theatre, LSE

A day-long seminar with Thomas Piketty, whose Capital in the Twenty-First Century has been of global significance in shaping debates about inequality across the globe. The workshop will be hosted by LSE's new International Inequalities Institute with the Department of Sociology at LSE and the British Journal of Sociology, which ran a special issue of reviews on Piketty’s book, several of the contributors to which will be involved in these discussions. 

There will be four sessions, and the event will be ticketed. Please follow this link to the draft programme, and watch this space for updates