Economics & Social Policy

  • Economics & Social Policy

    "taking responsibility"

    By encouraging responsibility by individuals, government and business we believe that growth can be secured, public services improved and better outcomes delivered for families across the UK.

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    About Economics & Social Policy
  • Autumn Statement 2014:
    Five big questions

    Ahead of the Autumn Statement, Policy Exchange's Economics Research Fellow Jonathan Dupont asks 5 key questions on the state of the economy: how much will the worldwide slowdown affect the UK; how much lower can unemployment go; when will pay and productivity pick up; how big is the hole in the public finances; and what are the parties going to do to close the gap?  Read more

    Autumn Statement 2014
  • The last word on Piketty

    Policy Exchange was delighted to host an all-star panel to discuss what the lasting influence of Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century will be. Chaired by Newsnight presenter Evan Davis, the panel included the FT's economics editor Chris Giles, political strategist and Labour adviser John McTernan and economic historian Prof. Deirdre McCloskey.

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    The last word on Piketty
  • Making Contributions Count

    Making Contributions Count proposes a new unemployment insurance scheme which will put personal contribution at the heart of the welfare system. The scheme would see workers able to draw from a contributory pot to provide a greater level of out of work support. Upon retirement, the contributions would be released as part of an individual's pension package, which could see people who worked all their lives receiving in excess of £10,000.  Read more • Infographic

    Contributory welfare
  • Work 2.0

    Work 2.0 provides a blueprint for how the Work Programme – the government’s flagship welfare-to-work policy – should be improved, including ideas on how to better assess jobseeker needs, how to integrate the Programme into the structures of Universal Credit, and how to better recognise local labour market conditions.

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    Work Programme 2.0

Latest Economics & Social Policy In the news

  • 16 December 2014 | Child benefit may be limited to two children, says Iain Duncan Smith

    • Coverage in The Guardian refers to Policy Exchange research which found that limiting child benefit payments to four children per household, with progressively reduced payments after the first child, could save £1 billion over the course of the next parliament. The article highlights how numerous Policy Exchange recommendations have featured in past Conservative manifestos.

  • 16 December 2014 | Benefit cuts could limit family size

    • The Times refers to Policy Exchange research which found that limiting child benefit payments to four children per household, with progressively reduced payments after the first child, could save £1 billion over the course of the next parliament.

Latest Economics & Social Policy Publications

  • 15 October 2014 | Making Contributions Count: Reforms to create a social security system for the 21st Century

    • Making Contributions Count proposes a new unemployment insurance scheme which will put personal contribution at the heart of the welfare system. The scheme would see people who have worked hard and paid their taxes able to draw from a contributory pot to provide a greater level of out of work support if they need it. Upon retirement, the contributions would be released as part of an individual's pension package, which could see people who worked all their lives receiving in excess of £10,000.

  • 10 October 2014 | Work 2.0: Helping the hardest to help: targeted assistance, incentives and the Work Programme

    • Work 2.0 provides a blueprint for how the Work Programme – the government’s flagship welfare-to-work policy – should be improved, including ideas on how to better assess jobseeker needs, how to integrate the Programme into the structures of Universal Credit, and how to better recognise local labour market conditions.

Latest Economics & Social Policy Blogs

  • 01 December 2014 | Autumn Statement 2014 – The Five Big Questions

    • Ahead of the Autumn Statement, Policy Exchange's Economics Research Fellow Jonathan Dupont asks 5 key questions on the state of the economy: how much will the worldwide slowdown affect the UK; how much lower can unemployment go; when will pay and productivity pick up; how big is the hole in the public finances; and what are the parties going to do to close the gap?

  • 17 October 2014 | It is time for more radical ideas to make welfare fit for purpose

    • Policy Exchange's Head of Economic and Social Policy, Steve Hughes, outlines the thinking behind our recently published report Making Contributions Count. The report calls for the next government to legislate for a new welfare system that establishes a clear link between contribution and benefits, and argues that only then will public trust in the benefits system be restored.

Latest Economics & Social Policy Event

  • 11 November 2014 | The last word on Piketty

    • Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century is easily the most talked about economics book of the year, if not the decade. In this public panel discussion, Policy Exchange brings together some of the leading voices on Piketty’s work to discuss what its lasting influence will be.

  • 10 November 2014 | Markets for the Many? How Capitalism Changed the World

    • Policy Exchange is delighted to host Professor Deirdre McCloskey for a speech on how capitalism has changed the world. Professor McCloskey argues that capitalism – or ‘market-tested innovation’, in her words – has increased the standard of living of the average worker by a factor of at least sixteen. The event will be chaired by Matt Ridley.