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Arab News
Restoring competition in the digital economy

As the economists David Autor, David Dorn, Lawrence F. Katz, Christina Patterson and John Van Reenen show, the US industries with the fastest-growing market concentration have also seen the largest drop in labor’s share of income.

Faro de Vigo (Spain)
A degradation gives quality to the public health system Galego

Luis Garicano, professor of the London School of Economics and responsible for economy, industry and knowledge of citizens, Expoñía ("exceptional doctors who say goodbye soon and badly", the Spaniard, 16/4/17) to Súa surprise polo Tratamento vexatorio ao final da sua race of dous Médicos Excepcionais:…

Svenska Dagbladet Online (Sweden)
''Sanandaji vilseleder läsarna i sin bok om invandring''/''Snandaji mislead the readers of his book on immigration''

There is an extensive economic research literature on immigration and crime. Two of the international Authorities are Brian Bell (Oxford University) and Stephen Machin (LSE).   Sanandaji also refers to these two researchers with a quotation to give support to what he calls the first-order factor. But citing the text says that the social and economic cost of crime (in general) are usually estimated as high, and that each link between immigration and crime must be taken very seriously. But what Sanandaji carefully avoids mentioning is that Bell and Machin’s research indicates that the migration effect on crime is not very large (source 3).

Call for papers
1st TCD/LSE/CEPR Workshop in Development Economics 18-19 September, 2017

TIME (Trinity College Dublin), STICERD (London School of Economics) and Irish Aid

Deadline - Monday 12 June 2017

Scientific Organisers:
Robin Burgess (LSE and CEPR)
Fadi Hassan (Trinity College Dublin)
Carol Newman (Trinity College Dublin)

Keynote speakers: David McKenzie (World Bank and CEPR) and Imran Rasul (UCL and CEPR)

We invite submissions for this workshop from interested researchers on any topic in the area of Development Economics. The deadline for submission is 12 June 2017. We accept both full-length papers and extended abstracts for projects at an advanced stage.

The workshop is organised by TIME (Trinity College Dublin), STICERD (London School of Economics) and CEPR and is funded by Irish Aid. The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers in different fields of development economics to discuss current issues in development. Topics include, but are not limited to: agriculture, climate change, conflict, education, firms’ organization, finance, gender, health, migration, networks, productivity, public finance, and trade. The workshop will take place at Trinity College Dublin on 18-19 September 2017.


The sponsoring institutions can cover accommodation and travel according to the CEPR guidelines for presenters and discussants. However, there is limited travel and accommodation funding available, and we encourage more senior participants to use their own grants to cover costs. Please indicate in your reply whether you will be able to cover your own costs, or whether you will require funding to attend.

How to apply

If you would like to submit a paper, or attend without submitting a paper, please email your submission to Chloe Smith ( with the following subject "Paper Submission: 1st TCD/LSE/CEPR Workshop in Development Economics".

Please include the paper you wish to submit in the email, or indicate if you would like to participate as a general participant. Also state if travel/ accommodation funding is required and if you are willing to act as a discussant.

If you wish to attend please do ensure that your application and paper reach CEPR by Monday 12 June 2017. We aim to notify successful applicants by the end of June/early July 2017.

Our lives keep on changing - yet the welfare myth of 'them' and 'us' persists, John Hills

When ‘welfare’ is discussed, the theme of a divided ‘them’ and ‘us’ of those who pay in, and those who pay out – runs across British political debate, a hundred tabloid front pages and through a dozen TV programmes focussed on an assumed unchanging ‘welfare-dependent’ underclass.  But the evidence looks rather different, for example only one pound in every £14.70 we spend on the welfare state now goes on cash payments to out of work non-pensioners. In reality our lives are ever-changing. John Hills discusses this 'welfare myth' in a post for the LSE British Politics and Policy blog to mark the release of a revised and updated edition of his book Good Times, Bad Times: the welfare myth of them and us.

The Relationship between Inequality and Poverty: mechanisms and policy options
Wednesday 8th February 2017

Presenters: Dr Abigail McKnight and Dr Eleni Karagiannaki

Chair: Steve Machin, Professor of Economics, London School of Economics; Director, Centre for Economic Performance

Discussants: Chris Goulden, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Deputy Director, Policy and Research and Dr Chiara Mariotti, Oxfam Inequality Policy Manager

This lecture examines the empirical relationship between economic inequality and poverty across countries and over time, paying attention to different measurement issues. It then considers a range of potential mechanisms driving this relationship and explores policy options. 

Eleni Karagiannaki is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at LSE. Her research focuses on income and wealth inequality and poverty and socio-economic mobility.

Abigail McKnight is an Associate Professorial Research Fellow and Associate Director of Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at LSE where she has worked since 1999.  Her research interests include inequality, poverty, wealth, social mobility and employment policy.

Further information about this event