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El Universal
El 99% restante

There is a human mass that despite being available for work and knowledge loses ability to be employed. This generates a terrific competition by seeking higher returns among the cheapest labour in Asia and the suppressor technology jobs in the developed world. This seriously affects the social fabric of both. For the first because it depresses deliberately and systematically the cost of labour so. For developed countries because it leads to what Alan Manning of the London School of Economics has called the ''polarization of employment'' and David Author of MIT has called the ''missing middle''. That is the phenomenon whereby only the jobs located to the ends of the career ladder are growing.

This article was published by El Universal on January 28, 2015
Link to article here or translation here

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
Labour Markets Programme webpage
Community Programme webpage

Real Estate Business
Sydney property prices almost 10 times income

Paul Cheshire of the London School of Economics refers to a "fatal mismatch between the operational concepts of demand and supply in markets and the parallel concepts with which the planning system works." “As noted above, younger households are among the most significantly victimised by the housing affordability losses,” he said. “The lucky ones will inherit homes from their parents – which is a big step away from legendary urbanologist Sir Peter Hall's ‘ideal of a property-owning democracy’,” he said.

This article appeared in Real Estate Business on 27 January 2015 link to article

Related links
Paul Cheshire webpage
Spatial Economics Research Centre webpage

Stanford Researchers Find Telecommuters More Productive, But Workers At Home May Be More Lonely

According to a report published in the Harvard Business Review, a team headed by researchers Nick Bloom and John Roberts studied more than 500 employees at a large Chinese travel agency. For nine months, about half of the employees worked from home, while the other half worked at the office.

This article appeared on CBS on 27 January 2015 link to article

Related Links
Nick Bloom webpage
Productivity and Innovation webpage

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

CASE/SPCC Special Event
The Coalition's Social Policy Record: Policy, Spending and Outcomes 2010-2015

Wednesday 28th January 2015

09.00am to 10.15am (Breakfast Briefing on Overall Findings)
10.45am to 12.30pm (Additional Presentations)

Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton St, Westminster, SW1P 3RB (next to Westminster Abbey - see map)

Book now to secure your place at the launch of findings of a major research programme examining the Coalition's social policies and their impact. To reserve a place email:

Researchers from the LSE and Universities of Manchester and York will launch nine new reports including an overview of the Coalition's social policy record and separate papers on taxes and benefits; health; adult social care; under fives; further and higher education and skills; employment; housing; area regeneration: A further paper on schools will be launched on 10th February, following release of further GCSE results in late January.

Each paper contains thorough analysis of policy, spending and trends in outcomes, showing how the Coalition has tackled the fiscal and social policy challenges it faced in 2010. What has it protected from austerity measures and what has been cut? What has been the effect on services and the people receiving them? What has happened to poverty, inequality and the distribution of other social and economic outcomes? Has the government kept to its pledges to cut the deficit while protecting those most in need, radically reform the welfare state and increase social mobility? What challenges remain as further austerity looms?

Details of the event are:

08:30-09:00 Light breakfast available
09:00-10:15 Overview Briefing on the Coalition's record overall
(Ruth Lupton and John Hills)
10:15-10:45 Short break for coffee and networking
10:45-11:45 Choice of optional breakout groups covering more detailed evidence around:
  • Employment, Tax, and Benefits (Abigail McKnight and John Hills)
  • Health, Social care and Housing (Polly Vizard, Tania Burchardt and Becky Tunstall)
  • Early years, Schools, and Further and Higher Education (Kitty Stewart and Ruth Lupton)
These groups will include questions and discussion
Free copies of the individual summaries, and links to the full reports as well as copies of the summary overview report will be available.

The work is part of the Social Policy in a Cold Climate research programme, which is funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Nuffield Foundation and Trust for London. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the funders.