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The Wall Street Journal
The problem with innovation: the biggest companies are hogging all the gains

There is a “lack of self-awareness among lots of firms,” says John Van Reenen, professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Some think they are awesome. But they are actually doing pretty badly.” 


BBC News
Trump in the UK

Dr Swati Dhingra interviewed, talking about CEOs' meeting with President Trump and the importance of the trading relationship between the US and the UK, particularly given the prospect of a post-Brexit trade deal.


Vox
Currency unions mean more trade, but not for everyone

Article by Natalie Chen and Dennis Novy. Currency unions usually go hand in hand with deeper economic integration. But does that automatically mean more international trade? This column shows that since the end of WWII, currency unions have on average been associated with 40% more trade between member countries. The ‘thin’ relationships between countries who do not trade much with each other benefit the most from currency unions, with little in the way of a boost for more established trading relationships. 


CASE Special Event
The power of measurement: equality audits and frameworks. Tuesday 12 June 2-4.30pm

Speakers include: Polly Vizard (CASE), Gregory Crouch (EHRC), Abigail McKnight (CASE), Richard Laux (Race Disparity Unit) and Tania Burchardt(CASE).

Location: Room KSW1.04,London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE

How well are the tools now available working in improving our understanding of inequalities?

How could they be improved?

Are they succeeding in increasing transparency and engagement with stakeholders and users more broadly?

Effective interventions to reduce inequalities depend on understanding the nature and extent of those inequalities. Frameworks, audits and other analytical tools can help, potentially allowing us to monitor progress or the lack of sufficient progress, to understand the causes, and to design of better policies.

This seminar offers a critical engagement with three current and recent models used by statutory bodies, NGOs and independent researchers in the UK and internationally to analyse and measure different aspects of social and economic inequalities.

Who is it for?

This event provides an opportunity for research, policy and NGO communities to discuss opportunities for greater collaboration in using and developing these tools.

To register for this free event please go to Eventbrite


LSE Festival 2018
Five LSE Giants' Perspectives on Poverty

Speaker(s): Dr Tania Burchardt, Professor Sir John Hills, Professor Stephen P Jenkins, Professor Lucinda Platt
Chair: Professor Paul Gregg
Video, Audio recording and Slides available here

This event, held as part LSE Research Festival 2018: Beveridge 2.0, focused on Beveridge’s Giant of ‘want’. It addresses the thinking on poverty of five ‘Giants’ in the study of poverty over the last 100 years, who have been closely associated with LSE and who are themselves authors or co-authors of influential reports: Beatrice Webb, Brian Abel-Smith, Peter Townsend, Amartya Sen and Anthony Atkinson.

The event brought together current LSE academics known for their work on poverty and inequality. John Hills considers the ‘rediscovery of poverty’ marked by the publication of Brian Abel-Smith and Peter Townsend’s 1966 work on ‘The Poor and The Poorest and Tania Burchardt analysed the distinctive contribution of Amartya Sen to how we understand poverty across very different contexts. Lucinda Platt discussed Beatrice Webb’s ‘Minority Report on the Poor Laws’ of 1909 and Stephen Jenkins evaluated the significance of the Atkinson Commission’s 2015 Report on Monitoring Global Poverty to how we conceptualize and address poverty in a global context.


Postponement of the forthcoming CASE Welfare Policy Analysis Seminar
Wednesday 14th March, Monica Costa Dias Institute for Fiscal Studies

 
In the light of the UCU strike action, we have decided to postpone this event:

Wednesday 14th March, 12:45-14:00

The gender pay gap in the UK: children and experience in work

Monica Costa Dias
Institute for Fiscal Studies

Apologies for an inconvenience caused by the postponement of this event. We hope to reschedule it later in the year.