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The State of Working Britain - blog
Are immigrants taking all the new jobs?

Latest State of Working Britain blog by Jonathan Wadsworth

The central message is that it would be wrong to conclude from analysis of the net change in employment that migrants take all new jobs. Rather the net change is mostly a reflection of the changing populations in the two groups, as it would be if any group (red-heads, ice cream eaters etc) grew relative to others.

This blog post was published online on the State of Working Britain blog on February 9, 2016
Link to article here

Related links
Jonathan Wadsworth webpage
Labour Markets Programme webpage
The State of Working Britain blog webpage

The Daily Telegraph
The key to beating a midlife crisis? Don't worry about being happy

Professor Paul Dolan, a specialist in behavioural science at LSE, says there is currently too much emphasis placed upon traditional self-improvement methods, such as weight loss and career ambition, and too little on simple pleasures. "Don't pay attention to how happy things make you," Dolan told The Observer. "Instead, find things which make you feel good, and do more of them. A long-term sustainable impact on your life can be achieved, but not by sitting about thinking if only I was slimmer, fitter, richer, then I would be happier. It's not going to happen, so you'll still be miserable."

This article appeared in The Daily Telegraph on 8 February 2016. Link to article

Related Publications
Happiness by Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life Paul Dolan, 2014

Related Links
Paul Dolan webpage
Wellbeing Programme webpage

The Daily Mail
Why the little things in life are the key to happiness: Doing more of what gives you pleasure is the simple solution to a mid-life crisis

Professor Paul Dolan, the man behind the study, says his subjects were asked how satisfied they were with their lives rather than how happy they felt. And now he says the way to beat the blues is to embrace the small pleasures of life.

Related Publications
Happiness by Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life Paul Dolan, 2014

Related Links
Paul Dolan webpage
Wellbeing Programme webpage

Plans to axe child poverty measures contradict the
vast majority of expert advice the government received

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. Continue reading here

Moving the Goalposts: Poverty and Access
to Sport for Young People

Monday 7th December 2015


LSE Housing and Communities recently launched a new report: Moving the Goalposts: Poverty and Access to Sport for Young People. Earlier in the year we 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.


Professor David Piachaud Chaired this important event where Jane Ashworth, Chief Executive of StreetGames explained why this research is so important. Professor Anne Power presented the main findings and recommendations and Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham and Baroness Tessa Jowell also offered their perspectives on the importance of sport for London's young people.

Download the report:

Full Report (pdf) | Executive Summary (pdf) | Literature Review (pdf)


Audio recording of the launch event

Moving The Goalposts Report

StreetGames 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 donít, 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.

Further information: For more information contact Nicola Serle at LSE ( Tel: 020 7955 6684.

Research Officer vacancy at CASE
to carry out research into early years education in England

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 communication skills.

Further information and how to apply.