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The Independent
''Screaming and smashing around'': Surge in neighbours and family members reporting domestic abuse to police in lockdown

A new study, carried out by the London School of Economics, said police have seen around 380 more domestic violence calls per week on average as a result of the coronavirus lockdown. Finding the cause is “almost exclusively” due to a rise in calls from third parties such as neighbours or family members who are not directly witnessing the incident.

European Association of Labour Economists
Felix Koenig wins the EALE Young Labour Economists Prize 2020

Congratulations to Dr Felix Koenig on winning the 2020 Young Labour Economist Prize from the European Association of Labour Economists (EALE).

The prize was awarded for his CEP discussion paper: Technical Change and Superstar Effects: Evidence from the roll-out of television.

The prize jury described the paper as very innovative saying that it uses the launch of television as a natural experiment for studying superstar effects in the entertainment sector.

The jury said: “The data collection effort, knowledge of the industry and the historical context is very impressive. The identification strategy is very clear and has a strong underlying framework.

“The findings show that the increase in production scalability has profound effects on inequality. In this setting, the share of income going to the top 1% nearly doubles, whereas many workers further down the ‘talent distribution’ end up out of work.

“In this original, well-written paper, Felix shows how great scholarship can contribute to understanding of important contemporary issues.”

Dr Koenig is a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University and an incoming assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He is an associate of the CEP Labour Markets programme.

Blogs: Economics Observatory
How is coronavirus affecting the self-employed?

The self-employed are being hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 crisis. Many have been offered a lifeline through the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – but does it go far enough?

Nick Stern to receive SIEPR Prize

Congratulations to Professor Lord Nick Stern is this year's recipient of the SIEPR Prize. He will receive the award during a virtual event recognizing his work and impact on 7 October.

The SIEPR Prize is awarded by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) every other year to a scholar or policymaker who has deeply influenced economic policy.

Mark Duggan, the Trione Director of SIEPR and the Wayne and Jodi Cooperman Professor of Economics at Stanford said that they are delighted to honour Nick Stern with the SIEPR Prize: "His previous work on climate change has been enormously influential in academic, business, and policy circles throughout the world."

photo of Nick Stern during an LSE lecture

"It is a great honor to be awarded this special prize," Nick Stern said. "SIEPR is an outstanding institution and it is privilege to be included amongst the very distinguished previous recipients. Stanford has been an extraordinary leader across so many disciplines, especially economics, and I am delighted to hear of Stanford's new initiative to establish the school of sustainability, recognizing the immense challenges of climate change, and where - again - Stanford will lead."

Find out more from the SIEPR website and from LSE News..

Open Letter to Boris Johnson to tackle child poverty

An open letter to Boris Johnson was initiated by Kitty Stewart and signed by many academics including other CASE members and associates, Tania Burchardt, Kerris Cooper, John Hills, Abigail McKnight, Polly Vizard, Kate Summers, Susan Harkness and Glen Bramley. The letter appeared on the Independent and is available here.

BBC Radio 4 interview with Kitty Stewart on child poverty

Kitty Stewart was invited to talk about child poverty on BBC Radio 4. The segment from the radio show is available here (from minute 12:35 onwards).