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The Economist
End of the accidental boss

THE low productivity of British workers has several possible culprits. Inefficient family-run companies are sometimes blamed, as are poor workforce skills. But whereas these problems are well documented, another factor is glossed over: the mediocre performance of British bosses. John van Reenen, director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, argues that the standard of British management is ''significantly below'' that in leading countries. His team carried out 14,000 interviews with employees around the world and found that British workers rated their supervisors lower than those in countries such as America, Germany and Japan (see chart). ''We are not in the premier league,'' he says.

This article was published by The Economist on November 28, 2015
Link to article here

Related links
John Van Reenen webpage
Growth Programme webpage

Good news in Budget - but what does it mean for learners?

Sandra McNally, Director of the Centre for Vocational Education Research, considers the possible impact of Chancellor George Osborne's November 25 Budget.

This article was published in on November 27, 2015
Link to article here. See p.14.

Related links
Sandra McNally webpage
CVER website
Education and Skills Programme webpage

La Stampa Societa
La crisi di mezza età? Esiste, ma dopo si torna a sorridere

Happiness in life can be traced in the shape of a 'U'. We start with the enthusiasm of 20 years, then you hit the lowest point between 45 and 55, but from sixty things start to look up again. ... The latest confirmation comes from the study of three researchers Nattavudh Powdthavee, Terence Cheng and Andrew Oswald of the Universities of Melbourne and Warwick and the London School of Economics who have collected tens of thousands of questionnaires on the welfare of people between 20 and 70 years in the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany.

This article was published by La Stampa Societa on November 27, 2015
Link to article here

Related publications
Longitudinal Evidence for a Midlife Nadir in Human Well-being: Results from Four Data Sets, Terence C. Cheng, Nattavudh Powdthavee and Andrew J. Oswald, The Economic Journal, October 2015
DOI: 10.1111/ecoj.12256

Related links
Nick Powdthavee 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

An invitation the launch of a new report
Moving the Goalposts: Poverty and Access to Sport for Young People

Monday 7th December 2015, 4.45 - 6.15 pm, followed by a reception.


Venue: London School of Economics

We are delighted to invite you to the launch of our new report: Moving the Goalposts: Poverty and Access to Sport for Young People. Earlier in the year LSE Housing and Communities 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. They 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.
Professor David Piachaud will Chair this important event introducing Jane Ashworth, Chief Executive of StreetGames who will explain why this research is so important, and Professor Anne Power who will present the main findings and recommendations.

Booking information: The event is free but booking is essential. Please RSVP to Limited places are available so please reply as soon as possible.

Further information: For more information contact Nicola Serle at LSE ( Tel: 020 7955 6684.  If you are not able to attend but would like more details of the research please let us know.

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.