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Al Jazeera TV
Theresa May calls snap general election for June 8

Dennis Novy,…told Al Jazeera that the “biggest prize” of an early election for May could potentially come from her own party.


India Today
Pack your bags for the 8 happiest places on earth

Recently when the World Happiness Report of 2017 was released by the United Nations, it gave us a new list of countries where you will see all the happy faces. While some of us may wonder how one can measure happiness, let us help you out.  The editors of the report John F. Helliwell, Richard Layard, and Jeffrey Sachs, believe that happiness is increasingly considered the proper measure of social progress and the goal of public policy.

Related publications

Helliwell, J., Layard, R., & Sachs, J. (2017). World Happiness Report 2017, New York: Sustainable Development Solutions Network. ISBN 978-0-9968513-5-0

http://worldhappiness.report/


The New York Times
How child care enriches mothers, and especially the sons they raise

More than parental leave or flexible schedules, it was government spending on early childhood care and education that had the single biggest effect on boosting women’s employment, earnings and fertility rate and on decreasing gender pay gaps. One reason: It helps women work, while other policies help them take breaks from work, according to the authors, Claudia Olivetti of Boston College and Barbara Petrongolo of Queen Mary University of London. “Making it easier to be a working mother mattered most,” Ms. Olivetti said. “There is a higher premium for careers from staying in the market.”


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


Professor Sir Tony Atkinson
(1944-2017)

It is with great sadness that we announce Professor Sir Tony Atkinson, Centennial Professor at LSE, died on Sunday 1 January 2017.

Tony Atkinson joined STICERD in 1980 where he was chairman between 1981 and 1987 and an active affiliate for the following thirty years. Throughout these years, many CASE researchers and associates had the privilege to learn from his sharp mind, dedication to policy and great kindness. Tony influenced our thinking on poverty, inequality, social mobility and public policy. By establishing the Welfare State programme in 1985 Tony played an important role in the foundation of CASE as an independent research centre in 1997. He also appointed Professor John Hills who would later go on to become CASE’s Director.

Tony contributed 31 valuable papers to our publications over the years, as part of the Welfare State Programme and later as CASEpapers, these are available here.

You can explore STICERD’s wall of remembrance for Professor Sir Tony Atkinson here sticerd.lse.ac.uk/atkinson/