Publications in Economics & Social Policy

Publications in:

24 February 2015 | Economics Manifesto

By Jonathan Dupont

  • The Economics Manifesto says that the next government should seek to create a capital-owning democracy for all, so that each and every person in the UK can benefit from economic growth. The report proposes mass distribution of RBS and Lloyds’ shares, compulsory savings, the introduction of a  Bonus Isa and a new generation of private sector Premium Bonds.

  • 24 February 2015 | The Central Contradiction of Capitalism? A collection of essays on Capital in the Twenty-First Century

    Edited by Geoffrey Wood and Steve Hughes

  • This essay collection collates some of the most thought provoking assessments of Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, and publishes some new ones for the first time.

  • 03 February 2015 | Welfare Manifesto

    By Guy Miscampbell, Steve Hughes

  • The Welfare Manifesto shows how to make the welfare system fit for the 21st Century. The report sets out principles to be make the system simpler, more effective, fairer, more affordable, and reward contribution.

  • 16 January 2015 | Bonus ISAs

    By Steve Hughes

  • Bonus ISAs proposes a new scheme to give people more flexibility to build up their tax-free savings pots during the course of a lifetime. The "Bonus ISA" would be offered to anybody who is unable to use their full annual tax-free savings allowance (currently set at £15,000). People would be given the power to roll over any unused portions of their existing ISA allowances into their Bonus ISA account.

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

    By Steve Hughes

  • 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

    By Ed Holmes

  • 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.

  • 21 July 2014 | Joined Up Welfare: The next steps for personalisation

    By Guy Miscampbell
    Edited by Ruth Porter

  • Joined Up Welfare shows that the UK's system for helping people into work is in urgent need of reform and proposes a radical new structure centred around the specific needs of the individual. A new system would enable private companies and charities to compete with government providers to offer more personalised and specialist support to jobseekers.

  • 24 June 2014 | The Global Economy: Prospects for growth and assessing the UK’s position

  • By 2050, global output is projected to treble, with two-thirds of growth coming from emerging economies. The developed world will have to change radically if it is to adapt to this new environment successfully. To realise the opportunities of the next four decades successfully – for the developing world to adapt to dramatic social and economic changes, and for the developed world to face its structural, fiscal and demographic challenges and ‘pay its way’ in the years ahead, it is vital that these long-term issues are addressed.

  • 27 March 2014 | Taxing Jobs: Practical policies for a pay recovery

    By Matthew Tinsley
    Edited by Ruth Porter

  • Taxing Jobs argues that because pay and productivity have remained strongly linked over the course of the recession, wages will begin to rise and productivity will improve as employers take on more staff. Providing a boost to the labour market in the form of a cut to the payroll tax for businesses would speed up the rate at which companies take on more staff. This would reduce unemployment more quickly and force employers to improve productivity and therefore pay among their workforces.

  • 03 March 2014 | Smarter Sanctions: Sorting out the system

    By Guy Miscampbell

  • Smarter Sanctions sets out a more compassionate, but stricter, regime for those breaching their welfare conditions. With the report finding that as many as 68,000 people a year have their Jobseeker's Allowance withdrawn by mistake, we call for benefits to still be made available through a 'benefit card' for first time offenders to prevent unnecessary hardship. The report also calls for more stringent penalties for people who are consistently breaking the terms of their job search requirements.