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Harvard Business Review
Companies like Amazon need to run more tests on workplace practices

Leaders could also test whether specific work conditions or policies affect workers' performance. ... Nick Bloom of Stanford University and his colleagues conducted a randomized experiment on working from home using a NASDAQ-listed Chinese travel agency called CTrip, which has 16,000 employees. Employees who volunteered to work from home were randomly assigned to either work from home or in the office, and their performance was monitored for the next nine months. The results: Working from home led to a 13percent increase in productivity, greater work satisfaction, and lower turnover.

This article was published online by the Harvard Business Review on August 20, 2015
Link to article here

Related publications
'Does Working from Home Work? Evidence from a Chinese Experiment', Nicholas Bloom, James Liang, John Roberts and Zhichun Jenny Ying, Centre for Economic Performance Discussion Paper No.1194, March 2013
Does working from home work? Evidence from a Chinese experiment, Nicholas Bloom, James Liang, John Roberts and Zhichun Jenny Ying, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 130(1), February 2015

Related Links
Nick Bloom webpage
Productivity and Innovation Programme webpage

Al Jazeera TV

Dennis Novy interviewed. The topic was the resignation statement of the Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras, and what it means for the bailout programme and the Greek economy.

The interview was broadcast by Al Jazeera television on August 20, 2015.
Interview broadcast at 6pm, 7pm and in a recorded interview later.

Related links
Dennis Novy webpage
Globalisation Programme webpage

Too Many Children Left Behind: the US achievement gap in comparative perspective
21st Oct, CASE and LSE International Inequalities Institute public lecture

Date: Wednesday 21 October 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker:  Professor Jane Waldfogel
Chair: Professor Sir John Hills

The belief that with hard work and determination, all children have the opportunity to succeed in life is a cherished part of the American Dream. Yet, increased inequality in America has made that dream more difficult for many to obtain. In Too Many Children Left Behind, an international team of social scientists assesses how social mobility varies in the United States compared with Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Bruce Bradbury, Miles Corak, Jane Waldfogel, and Elizabeth Washbrook show that the academic achievement gap between disadvantaged American children and their more advantaged peers is far greater than in other wealthy countries, with serious consequences for their future life outcomes. With education the key to expanding opportunities for those born into low socioeconomic status families, Too Many Children Left Behind helps us better understand educational disparities and how to reduce them.

Jane Waldfogel is Compton Foundation Centennial Professor, Columbia University School of Social Work and Visiting Professor at CASE, LSE. She is co-author of Too Many Children Left Behind.

John Hills is Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) and Co-Director of the International Inequalities Institute at LSE.

The Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at LSE (@CASE_LSE) focuses on the exploration of different dimensions of social disadvantage, particularly from longitudinal and neighbourhood perspectives, and examination of the impact of public policy.

The new International Inequalities Institute at LSE (@LSEInequalities) brings together experts from many LSE departments and centres to provide co-ordination and strategic leadership for critical and cutting edge research and inter-disciplinary analysis of inequalities.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEchildren

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries see LSE Events FAQ or contact us at or 0207 955 6043.

Inequalities and disadvantage in London: Focus on Religion and Belief
New blog on research findings from Social Policy in a Cold Climate

In our comprehensive report on inequality and disadvantage in London published earlier this year, The Changing Anatomy of Economic Inequality in London (2007-2013), we provided a detailed picture of what happened to different population groups in London in the wake of the crisis and downturn.

In a series of blogs, hosted by research funders Trust for London, we are expanding that analysis by ‘drilling down’ into different aspects of inequality in London. The latest blog looks at key economic outcomes (wealth, unemployment, and wages – unfortunately a breakdown of London data on income is not available) by religion and belief.

Pension reforms since the financial crisis could have a serious impact on the future retirement incomes of young Europeans
Blog post by Aaron Grech

What effect has the financial crisis had on pension systems in EU countries? Aaron Grech notes that prior to the crisis there was a significant divergence in pensions across the EU, with some states having relatively generous systems in comparison to others. He writes that following the crisis, southern European states have had to substantially cut back on pensions, while other states in northern Europe have remained relatively unscathed. He argues that although it should still be possible for these systems to keep pensioners out of poverty, European policymakers will need to ensure a properly functioning labour market that provides opportunities for young Europeans. Continue reading at LSE British Politics and Policy blog.