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The Hindu
Labour Talks Tough on Immigration

In a significant repositioning of Labour's views on immigration, Ed Miliband on Saturday pledged a series of measures to control immigration if his party is voted to power.

Jonathan Wadsworth of the London School of Economics says
'Fears about adverse consequences of rising immigration regularly seen in opinion polls have not, on average, materialised. It is hard to find evidence of much displacement of U.K. workers or lower wages. Any negative impacts on wages of less skilled groups are small.'

This article appeared on The Hindu on 19th April 2015. Link to article

Related links:
CEP Election Analysis #19 - Immigration and the UK Labour Market
Jonathan Wadsworth webpage

Further Links:

CEP's Election 2015 Coverage

The Independent
David Blanchflower: There is no doubt that leaving the European Union would hurt Britain

A recent study from the Centre for Economic Performance has measured the impact on the UK economy of leaving the EU, which as the second chart shows is still the UK’s biggest trading partner.

The study concludes that reduced integration with EU countries is likely to cost the UK economy far more than is gained from lower contributions to the EU budget. Hence 'staying in the EU may cause political trouble for the major parties; but if the UK leaves the EU, the economic trouble will be double'.

This article appeared in The Independent on 19th April 2015. Link to article

Related links
CEP Election Analysis #22 - Should we stay or should we go..?
Watch video with author Thomas Sampson
Thomas Sampson's webpage

See also:
CEP's Election 2015 Coverage

Financial Times
Weighing up four theories on the UK's productivity gap

Theories abound over the causes of the UK's slump in productivity since the financial crisis;

Some economists, including John Van Reenen at the Centre for Economic Performance, believe the productivity puzzle is a consequence of Britain's slow recovery.

This article appeared the Financial Times on 19th April 2015. Link to article

Related links
John Van Reenen webpage
Joao Paolo Pessoa's webpage
See related publication - CEP Special Report - The UK Productivity and Jobs Puzzle: Does the Answer Lie in Labour Market Flexibility?

STICERD Morishima Lecture
Scarcity: A talk for people too busy to attend talks

Thursday 21st May 2015, 6:30- 8pm

Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Speaker: Professor Sendhil Mullainathan

Why does poverty persist?  Why do successful people get things done at the last minute?  A single psychology--the psychology of scarcity--connects these seemingly unconnected questions. The research in our book shows how scarcity creates its own mindset. Understanding this mindset sheds light on our personal problems as well as the broader social problem of poverty and what we can do about it.  

After the success of the first Sticerd Morishima Lecture presented by Thomas Piketty in 2014, we are proud to annnounce the next public lecture will be presented by Sendhil Mullainathan on May 21st at the LSE. This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. More details of the event can be found here.


Department of Social Policy Public Lecture
The Government Paternalist: nanny state or helpful friend?

Wednesday 20 May 2015, 06:30pm - 08:00pm

Old Theatre, Old Building

Speaker: Professor Sir Julian Le Grand

Should governments save people from themselves? If someone smokes, drinks, takes hard drugs, or tries to assist in a friend's suicide, does the government have the right to intervene? If so, how? This lecture offers answers to these questions - among the most socially important of our age.

Sir Julian Le Grand is the Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at the LSE. He was awarded a knighthood in the 2015 New Year's honours list for services to social science and public service.

He is the co-author of Government Paternalism: nanny state or helpful friend?

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