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Ask Men
We Get Happier As We Get Older, Study Finds

A recent study from the London School of Economics and Political Science suggested that the ages of 23 and 69 are the best in terms of life satisfaction.

This article appeared in Ask Men on 26 August 2016. Link to article

Related Publications
Unmet Aspirations as an Explanation for the Age U-Shape in Human Wellbeing Hannes Schwandt, July 2013 Paper No' CEPDP1229

Related Links
Hannes Schwandt webpage
Wellbeing webpage

Herald Scotland
Agenda: Business has a key role to play in helping the next generation acquire the skills required to meet future challenges

...UK-wide, we have increased our school leaver intake by 47 per cent because we have already started to see the positive results that increased social mobility and diversity can have on both your bottom line and wider society. ... Recent research from the Centre for Economic Performance suggested that Britain has roughly the same levels of social mobility as the United States, but trails other nations with similar demographics and economic history, such as Canada, the Nordic countries and Germany. Even more concerning is the evidence that our standing in this field is heading in a downward trend.

This article was published online by the Herald Scotland on August 25, 2016
Link to article here

Related publications
Intergenerational Mobility in Europe and North America: A Report Supported by the Sutton Trust, Jo Blanden, Paul Gregg and Stephen Machin, Centre for Economic Performance Speical Report, April 2005
Social mobility in Britain: low and falling, Jo Blanden, Paul Gregg and Stephen Machin. Article in CentrePiece Volume 10, Issue 1, Spring 2005

Related links
Jo Blanden webpage
Stephen Machin webpage
Education and Skills Programme webpage


LBC Radio
Nick Ferrari

Dennis Novy was interviewed live on LBC radio with Nick Ferrari on 24 August 2016. The topic was Brexit and whether we should have a second referendum. The background was Owen Smith's announcement of having a second referendum if he were to become prime minister.

This interview was broadcast on LBC Radio on August 24, 2016
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Related links
Dennis Novy webpage
Trade Programme webpage


Climate Change, Inequality and Social Policy
A new interdisciplinary seminar series starting in Autumn 2016

Three institutes in LSE are hosting a new seminar series: the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (GRI), the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) and the new International Inequalities Institute (III). It will be chaired by Prof Ian Gough, Visiting Professor at CASE and Associate at Grantham.

The overlap between environmental pressures and degradation on the one hand and the ‘social dimension’ of inequality and human wellbeing on the other hand is of immense importance but under-researched. There is a yawning gap to be filled by a coherent, exciting and interdisciplinary research agenda. This series of seminars will explore and develop that agenda.  

 The seminars will be focused in two ways: on global warming and climate change rather than a wider range of environmental problems, and on the UK and other rich countries - the ‘welfare states’ of the OECD, roughly the same as and the Kyoto Annex II countries.

The first six seminars of the series will take place onThursday 3rd November 2016, 12.00-13.30 with Prof Ian Gough on ‘Climate change, Inequality and Social Policy’. Registration is required. Sign up for this seminar.


North-South economic and social divide still growing
suggests new CASE and University of Manchester research

The analysis suggests that the economic divergence between London and the Northern regions in England continues to grow. The gaps are also growing in relation to a number of social outcomes, such as education and health, with improvement in these outcomes in London being in line with economic conditions in the capital bouncing back to pre-recession levels or beyond while the North lags behind. But economic growth in London has not resulted in reduced poverty or inequality. The full paper is available here: Pulling in the Same Direction? Economic and Social Outcomes in London and the North of England Since the Recession, by Polina Obolenskaya, Ruth Lupton and Bert Provan.