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THE low productivity of British workers has several possible culprits. Inefficient family-run companies are sometimes blamed, as are poor workforce skills. But whereas these problems are well documented, another factor is glossed over: the mediocre performance of British bosses. John van Reenen
, director of the Centre for Economic Performance
at the London School of Economics, argues that the standard of British management is ''significantly below'' that in leading countries. His team carried out 14,000 interviews with employees around the world and found that British workers rated their supervisors lower than those in countries such as America, Germany and Japan (see chart). ''We are not in the premier league,'' he says.
This article was published by The Economist on November 28, 2015
Link to article here
John Van Reenen webpage
Growth Programme webpage
, Director of the Centre for Vocational Education Research
, considers the possible impact of Chancellor George Osborne's November 25 Budget.
This article was published in FEWeek.co.uk on November 27, 2015
Link to article here. See p.14.
Sandra McNally webpage
Education and Skills Programme webpage
Happiness in life can be traced in the shape of a 'U'. We start with the enthusiasm of 20 years, then you hit the lowest point between 45 and 55, but from sixty things start to look up again. ... The latest confirmation comes from the study of three researchers Nattavudh Powdthavee
, Terence Cheng and Andrew Oswald of the Universities of Melbourne and Warwick and the London School of Economics who have collected tens of thousands of questionnaires on the welfare of people between 20 and 70 years in the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany.
This article was published by La Stampa Societa on November 27, 2015
Link to article here
Longitudinal Evidence for a Midlife Nadir in Human Well-being: Results from Four Data Sets, Terence C. Cheng, Nattavudh Powdthavee and Andrew J. Oswald, The Economic Journal, October 2015
Nick Powdthavee webpage
Wellbeing Programme webpage
The Welfare Reform and Work
Bill, currently going through the House of Lords, proposes to remove all income
and material deprivation measures from the Child Poverty Act. By doing so, the
government is acting against the advice of 99% of respondents to its own
consultation on the matter, find
Nick Roberts and
Kitty Stewart in a new blog for LSE British Politics and Policy.
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Monday 7th December 2015, 4.45 - 6.15 pm, followed by a reception.
Venue: London School of Economics
We are delighted to invite you to the launch of our new report:
Moving the Goalposts: Poverty and Access to Sport for Young People.
Earlier in the year LSE Housing and Communities carried out area-based
qualitative research for
StreetGames, the leading charity working to break
down the barriers created by poverty and area disadvantage that prevent young
people participating in sport. They asked us to help them better understand why
high poverty areas suffer such major disadvantages and throw up so many barriers
in the field of “active learning” and whether informal sport and physical
activity could actually help.
We visited five deprived areas in England
and Wales and spoke to about 135 young people between the ages of 14-25, local
parents and key actors in order to uncover what young people do, what they think
of their area, why they play sport or don’t, and what the barriers to
involvement are. We know that sport and physical activity help young people
develop confidence and motivation, social and team skills, and also motivates
them to strive and succeed.
The health impacts of lack of exercise are
already serious and projected to become more so in the future. This relevant and
timely report offers a unique insight into the lives of young people in deprived
areas, the barriers they face to participation, ways in which communities and
charities can support the work already done in poor areas, and new ways of
opening access to sport for young people.
Professor David Piachaud will
Chair this important event introducing Jane Ashworth, Chief Executive of
StreetGames who will explain why this research is so important, and Professor
Anne Power who will present the main findings and recommendations.
Booking information: The event is free but booking is essential.
Please RSVP to
Limited places are available so please reply as soon as possible.
Further information: For more information contact Nicola Serle at LSE (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tel: 020 7955 6684. If you are not able to attend but would like more
details of the research please let us know.
We are appointing a Research Officer on an 18 month fixed
term contract, to carry out research into the patterns and drivers of social
segregation within early years education in England. The project continues a
strand of work in CASE on early childhood policy and disadvantage. We are
excited to have raised funding for this project which we think is the first
attempt to examine segregation in relation to early years settings in the UK.
We are looking for a researcher who has experience of
using large scale datasets, is enthusiastic about learning new analytical
techniques, has research interests in early education policy, and has a high
level of proficiency in STATA. Experience of using the National Pupil Database
and/or of using geographical mapping software would be an additional advantage.
You must also have a completed
PhD in a relevant discipline and will also have excellent written and verbal
Further information and how to apply.