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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

PS News Online
Promoted to manager? Here are three things you should never forget

Researchers at the London School of Economics have for many years been tracking the performance of managers, as rated by the people they manage. And the results are poor, particularly for managers in the UK, France and Australia.

This article appeared on PS News Online on 8 February 2016. Link to article

Related Publications
The New Empirical Economics of Management Nicholas Bloom, Renata Lemos, Raffaella Sadun, Daniela Scur and John Van Reenen April 2014 Paper No' CEPOP41

Related Links
Nick Bloom webpage
Renata Lemos webpage
Raffaella Sadun webpage
Daniela Scur webpage
John Van Reenen webpage

Reader's Digest Online
The machines are taking over!

But Professor Alan Manning from the London School of Economics is more sanguine. “There’s a very long history of believing that new technology will destroy jobs,” he explains. “While there have always been some workers who have lost out, most workers have gained. Almost everybody today is better off than they were 100 years ago because of new technology.”

This article appeared in Reader's Digest Online on 8 February 2016. Link to article

Related publications
Lovely and lousy jobs Alan Manning. Article in CentrePiece Volume 18, Issue 2, Autumn 2013
Lovely and lousy jobs: The rising polarization of work in Britain, Maarten Goos and Alan Manning, The Review of Economic Studies, 89(1), February 2007
'Lovely and lousy jobs: The rising polarization of work in Britain', Maarten Goos and Alan Manning, Centre for Economic Performance Discussion Paper No.604 December 2003

Related links
Alan Manning webpage
Community 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 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.

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.