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Below are the latest headlines for CEP and STICERD. For full coverage see the CEP News and Visitors Site and the STICERD News and Visitors Site

Revealed: UTC attainment gap for pre and post-16s

New research finds that while 14-year-olds who enrol at University Technical Colleges (UTCs) get significantly worse GCSE results than their peers, 16-year-olds who enrol at a UTC outperform their peers in skills and technical education. It also uncovers evidence that the age at which students move to UTCs - currently 14 - needs serious policy consideration.

The Guardian
Only radical reform can fix Britain''s broken ladder of social mobility

Lee Elliot Major and Stephen Machin argue how political reform is needed to solve issues with social mobility resulting from Covid-19. They explain that the findings of their review of evidence on social mobility suggest that failure to act now will only create more problems for future generations.

Department for International Trade
CEP associates to join new UK trade panel

Two Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) associates are members of a new expert trade panel set up to support UK trade negotiations.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has said that Professor Tony Venables, BP Professor of Economics at Oxford University and associate of CEP, will chair the panel.

Dr Swati Dhingra, Assistant Professor of Economics at LSE, and associate of CEP, will also be a member of the panel.

The panel will advise DIT on the use of cutting-edge trade models and techniques. This advice will include recommendations on how best to incorporate wider global economic developments, such as the impact of Covid-19, into its economic and trade modelling.

The other members of the panel are: Professor Michael Plummer, Eni Professor of International Economics at the Bologna Institute for Policy Research at The Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe; Dr Graham Gudgin, Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Business Research (CBR) in the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and Dr Christine McDaniel, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, USA.

Professor Tony Venables, said: “Trade policy modelling provides the tools for thinking through possible effects on the UK of changes in trade policy and in the world economy at large.

“The panel will provide DIT with analysis and recommendations on how best to use these tools to fully capture effects, while being evidence based and presenting findings in a comprehensible and transparent manner.”

New STICERD Research Programme

We are pleased to announce the inauguration of a new STICERD Economics of Environment and Energy Research Programme.

This will serve as a focal point for faculty, PhD students and pre-docs in STICERD and the Economics Department with interests in this fast growing area of research. The programme will support and encourage research on how economic growth can be made cleaner as well as how to mitigate potential environmental damages from growth. The objective of the programme is to emphasize the importance of these concerns in mainstream economic thinking and to create the kind of policy-relevant research needed to address environmental and energy challenges at both scale and speed. The areas of covered in the programme include include technological innovation, economic growth, climate change, pandemics, political economy, infrastructure, cities, migration, welfare policies, pollution, biodiversity loss, environmental degradation, energy, occupational change and behavioural change. We are grateful to Oriana Bandiera for her efforts in setting up the programme when she was STICERD Director. STICERD and the ERC will provide initial financial support for the programme.

Robin Burgess, Director, Economics of Environment and Energy Programme
Tim Besley, STICERD Director

Professor Tim Besley reappointed to National Infrastructure Commission

Professor Sir Tim Besley CBE has been reappointed to the National Infrastructure Commission by the Chancellor. Professor Besley is School Professor of Economics and Political Science and W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics at the LSE. He is Director of STICERD. He was a co-chair of the LSE Growth Commission, a member of the IFS's Mirrlees Review panel, and Chair of the Council of Management of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

Find out more from the National Infrastructure Commission website.

New CASE report on the city of Walbrzych

Opportunities and good practice which can drive social and economic regeneration in a small post industrial city are explored in this recent report from CASE. Funded by the European Investment Bank as one of their "Advisory Hub" commissioned projects, it explores the problems of the Polish city of Walbrzych, in Lower Silesia. Walbrzych is a "Green City" nestling in the Sudety Mountains, with a historic centre and major tourist site of the Ksiaz Castle. But it also has extensive and degraded ex mining housing, derelict land, and residual mining sites, and in 2009 was alleged to be "the most revolting town in Poland". Falling population and concentrated neighbourhood poverty, as well as high historic city debt are amongst the continuing challenges, even with a dynamic and green focused city President and administration.

The LSE team - including two Polish regeneration experts - conducted extensive interviewing and document review to identify the main problems and issues. The EIB brief was to identify good practice which could be helpful to Walbrzych in moving forward, and this culminated in four workshops involving nine cities and three European experts meeting City senior officials - but due to COVID this was all done by means of Zoom meetings.

Extensive documentation including the report, five case studies of similar cities, the background presentations and documentation to the workshop meetings, and recordings of the workshops can be found on the Walbrzych city website.