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LSE Brexit blog
Brexit is still a hot topic on Twitter, but public sentiments remain largely unchanged

Article by Josh De Lyon, Elsa Leromain and Maria Molina-Domene:  The Brexit debate is intense and continues to dominate the UK policy agenda. It concerns the entire population. The authors use Twitter data to characterise the online discussion. The data shows that politics is the core topic for Twitter users who post about Brexit. Interestingly, the overall sentiment around Brexit appears to be quite stable over time and people continue to be divided.


LSE Business Review blog
What Twitter reveals about a company''s reputation and productivity

Article by Maria Molina-Domene: Reputation plays an important signalling role in an imperfect information world and companies endeavour to preserve it. In this study, I evaluate empirically the role of reputation for companies that engage in Twitter. The results confirm that getting negative tweets, many expressing grievances, strongly correlates with low firm performance, suggesting the importance of social media (SM) in times when information spreads fast and easily.  

Post-school-education skewed in universities'' favour - Lords Report

Tertiary education in England is heavily skewed in favour of universities, but offers poor value for money for students and the economy, according to a critical report by the House of Lords. The report by the Lords’ economic affairs committee calls for immediate reform of the funding system and concludes that changes introduced in 2012 - when university fees were raised to £9,000 a year – have overbalanced funding for 18-year-olds towards universities while heaping debt on students…. The report follows a series of hearings and evidence from more than 150 individuals and organisations. Members of the committee include Lord Turnbull, a former head of the civil service, and Lord Layard, emeritus professor of economics at the London School of Economics. 

CASE Special Event
The power of measurement: equality audits and frameworks. Tuesday 12 June 2-4.30pm

Speakers include: Polly Vizard (CASE), Gregory Crouch (EHRC), Abigail McKnight (CASE), Richard Laux (Race Disparity Unit) and Tania Burchardt(CASE).

Location: Room KSW1.04,London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE

How well are the tools now available working in improving our understanding of inequalities?

How could they be improved?

Are they succeeding in increasing transparency and engagement with stakeholders and users more broadly?

Effective interventions to reduce inequalities depend on understanding the nature and extent of those inequalities. Frameworks, audits and other analytical tools can help, potentially allowing us to monitor progress or the lack of sufficient progress, to understand the causes, and to design of better policies.

This seminar offers a critical engagement with three current and recent models used by statutory bodies, NGOs and independent researchers in the UK and internationally to analyse and measure different aspects of social and economic inequalities.

Who is it for?

This event provides an opportunity for research, policy and NGO communities to discuss opportunities for greater collaboration in using and developing these tools.

To register for this free event please go to Eventbrite

LSE Festival 2018
Five LSE Giants' Perspectives on Poverty

Speaker(s): Dr Tania Burchardt, Professor Sir John Hills, Professor Stephen P Jenkins, Professor Lucinda Platt
Chair: Professor Paul Gregg
Video, Audio recording and Slides available here

This event, held as part LSE Research Festival 2018: Beveridge 2.0, focused on Beveridge’s Giant of ‘want’. It addresses the thinking on poverty of five ‘Giants’ in the study of poverty over the last 100 years, who have been closely associated with LSE and who are themselves authors or co-authors of influential reports: Beatrice Webb, Brian Abel-Smith, Peter Townsend, Amartya Sen and Anthony Atkinson.

The event brought together current LSE academics known for their work on poverty and inequality. John Hills considers the ‘rediscovery of poverty’ marked by the publication of Brian Abel-Smith and Peter Townsend’s 1966 work on ‘The Poor and The Poorest and Tania Burchardt analysed the distinctive contribution of Amartya Sen to how we understand poverty across very different contexts. Lucinda Platt discussed Beatrice Webb’s ‘Minority Report on the Poor Laws’ of 1909 and Stephen Jenkins evaluated the significance of the Atkinson Commission’s 2015 Report on Monitoring Global Poverty to how we conceptualize and address poverty in a global context.

Postponement of the forthcoming CASE Welfare Policy Analysis Seminar
Wednesday 14th March, Monica Costa Dias Institute for Fiscal Studies

In the light of the UCU strike action, we have decided to postpone this event:

Wednesday 14th March, 12:45-14:00

The gender pay gap in the UK: children and experience in work

Monica Costa Dias
Institute for Fiscal Studies

Apologies for an inconvenience caused by the postponement of this event. We hope to reschedule it later in the year.