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Brexit referendum spurs British companies into investing in EU - research

The referendum result led to a 12 percent increase in foreign direct investment transactions from Britain into the EU between mid-2016 and September 2018, researchers from the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance said.

Pro Market (Blog)
Rents and Inclusive Growth: A Decline in Rent Sharing Implies Growing Income Inequalities

A new study looks at the long-run evolution of rent sharing between companies and workers in the UK and finds that rent sharing has significantly decreased between 2001 and 2016, particularly among companies that enjoy monopolistic markups.

The Independent
Brexit already hitting UK household finances due to higher prices, study shows

The average worker has had to spend more than £404, equivalent to more than a week's wages, in the first year after the Brexit vote, according to a report by the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE). The findings suggested the average household had to spend £7.74 more per week to afford the same purchases the year after the referendum.

Economics professor Dennis Novy, who contributed to the report, said: "It is clear that the average UK household is already paying the price for voting to leave the EU".

Troeger, Vera E. and Egerton-Warburton, Diana (eds.) (2019), Which way now? Economic policy after a decade of upheaval: A CAGE Policy Report (London: Social Market Foundation)

ESRC New Investigator award granted to
Xavier Jaravel

Dr Xavier Jaravel, Assistant Professor of Economics and Associate of the Public Economics Programme at STICERD, has been awarded an ESRC New Investigator award to undertake research on the distributional effects of prices.

The project has three objectives: (1) to advance our understanding of the impact of price changes over time and across countries on inequality and standards of living; (2) to advance our understanding of the price effects of specific policies (namely: redistribution policies; trade policies; and monetary policy); (3) to enable researchers, policymakers and the general public to access new data on prices so that they are able to conduct their own analyses on prices, policies, inequality, and standards of living.

2019 Human Development and Capability Association Conference
London, 9-11 September, 2019

Hosted by University College London, in partnership with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Birkbeck, the University of East London (UEL) and the London International Development Centre (LIDC)

“Connecting Capabilities”

The theme for the HDCA 2019 conference in London (9-11 September 2019) is Connecting Capabilities. We have chosen this theme because we think connection is an important capability that needs further consideration.

March 2019 is the date currently scheduled for Brexit. In some ways this is a national political difficulty and time of uncertainty for the UK. But in other ways Brexit reflects themes that resonate internationally - not least the impact of globalisation and the emergence of greater xenophobia and more authoritarian forms of democracy in many parts of the world. The theme of connecting capabilities gives us an opportunity to think against this grain, using ideas and networks on human development and putting the capability approach to work in new ways.

Confirmed keynote speakers and plenary panels

  • Martha Nussbaum
  • Vandana Shiva (Sen Lecture)
  • Leif Wenar (Nussbaum Lecture)
  • Panel with activists and practitioners reflecting on using the capability approach including Gautam Bhan, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, and Johannes Krassnitzer, UNDP
Click here for the 2019 HDCA Conference Home Page for further information

PEP: Book Launch
Book launch by Camille Landais

Professor Camille Landais today presented his new book, co-authored with Gabrielle Fack (Universite Paris Dauphine) and Alix Myczkowski (Ecole d'economie de Paris), "Biens publics, charite privee: Comment l'Etat peut-il reguler le charity business?". The book launch took place in Paris and was chaired by Bertrand Leonard, President de la Fondation HEC.

You can find more information about the book and the launch here.