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COLUMN-Markets sleepwalk as British election looms: James Saft

Lower trade with the EU would knock British economic output down by between 1.1 and 3.1 percentage points, according to a study by the London School of Economics. Foreign investment would surely drop and new roadblocks to skilled immigration might appear.

This article was published by Reuters on March 31, 2015
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International New York Times
British stay calm despite uncertainty
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Malay Mail online
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Related publications
Should we stay or should we go? The economic consequences of leaving the EU, Swati Dhingra, Gianmarco Ottaviano and Thomas Sampson, CEP 2015 Election Analyses Series, March 2015
Britain and Europe, Thomas Sampson, Economic Performance channel, #ElectionEconomics YouTube video, March 2015

Related links
Swati Dhingra webpage
Gianmarco Ottaviano webpage
Thomas Sampson webpage
Globalisation Programme webpage

The one word key to happiness

Paul Dolan teaches at the London School of Economics and was a visiting scholar at Princeton where he worked with Nobel-Prize winner Daniel Kahneman. He explains the importance of attention in his book, Happiness by Design: Change What You Do, Not How You Think.

This article was published by Time on March 31, 2015
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Related links
Paul Dolan webpage
Wellbeing Programme webpage
Paul Dolan CEP publications webpage

The Daily Mirror
General Election 2015: Three charts that expose the flaws in Cameron's ''economic recovery''

It looks good for the Tories, the economy is recovering and employment is up. BUT, as an LSE economist put it, ''When viewed over the longer term, the state of the UK economy is not pretty''. ... Why is this? Two reasons: there's been an 8-10 percent fall in real wages since the recession and productivity has fallen. As Professor John Van Reenen points out, ''UK output per hour is now about 30 per cent lower than in the US, Germany and France''.

This article was published by The Daily Mirror on March 31, 2015
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Related publications
Austerity: Growth Costs and Post-Election Plans, John Van Reenen, CEP 2015 Election Analyses Series, March 2015.
Regarding public service spending, the UK electorate faces real choices this election, John Van Reenen, LSE British Politics and Policy blog, March 30, 2015.

Related links
John Van Reenen webpage
Productivity and Innovation Programme webpage

STICERD Morishima Lecture
Scarcity: A talk for people too busy to attend talks

Thursday 21st May 2015, 6:30- 8pm

Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Speaker: Professor Sendhil Mullainathan

Why does poverty persist?  Why do successful people get things done at the last minute?  A single psychology--the psychology of scarcity--connects these seemingly unconnected questions. The research in our book shows how scarcity creates its own mindset. Understanding this mindset sheds light on our personal problems as well as the broader social problem of poverty and what we can do about it.  

After the success of the first Sticerd Morishima Lecture presented by Thomas Piketty in 2014, we are proud to annnounce the next public lecture will be presented by Sendhil Mullainathan on May 21st at the LSE. This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. More details of the event can be found here.


Department of Social Policy Public Lecture
The Government Paternalist: nanny state or helpful friend?

Wednesday 20 May 2015, 06:30pm - 08:00pm

Old Theatre, Old Building

Speaker: Professor Sir Julian Le Grand

Should governments save people from themselves? If someone smokes, drinks, takes hard drugs, or tries to assist in a friend's suicide, does the government have the right to intervene? If so, how? This lecture offers answers to these questions - among the most socially important of our age.

Sir Julian Le Grand is the Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at the LSE. He was awarded a knighthood in the 2015 New Year's honours list for services to social science and public service.

He is the co-author of Government Paternalism: nanny state or helpful friend?

Public Economics Annual Symposium 2015

The 2015 CEPR Annual Public Economics Symposium will take place on 14-15 May at the London School of Economics. It will be hosted by STICERD and co-funded by the International Growth Centre.

The goal of the symposium is to provide a forum for high-quality work in public economics and to bring together economists in the field from across Europe as well as key researchers from outside the region.

This year's symposium features a keynote talk by Professor Emmanuel Saez, UC Berkeley. The symposium will also include a number of sessions devoted specifically to the theme of "public economics and development".

The event provides a unique opportunity for researchers from different universities and countries to discuss their work in a relaxed atmosphere and to develop long-term collaborative relationships. It is also a great opportunity for young researchers to meet and discuss their work with senior economists.

For more information about this event please go to