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Family

Happy families

Legislation to promote flexible working arrangements may be benefitting family relationships. A survey shows that flexible working has improved work-life balance for many people.

Plowing

Educated unemployed: changing the Global South

The majority of young people live in the underdeveloped countries of the Global South, where increased access to schooling has led to the phenomenon of the 'educated unemployed' - frustrated by the lack of social and economic opportunities.

Housing estate

What price a house?

By far the most important reason that housing is so expensive is our planning policy, shows research from the Spatial Economics Research Centre.

Kilowatthours

Predicting the cost of energy

The methods for forecasting energy costs are improving, but with the complexities involved the key challenge is to communicate how uncertain the estimates are, concludes a new report from the UK Energy Research Centre.

Reception desk

Better times for work life

"Despite the recession there are signs that working life has improved in a number of respects for those who have been lucky enough to stay in work," says Professor Stephen Wood, following first findings from the 2011 Workplace Employee Relations Survey.

Coins and economy

Ready for a new Festival of Economics

Following the success and public interest around the inaugural event last year, the 2013 Festival of Economics, co-sponsored by the ESRC, is about to be launched in Bristol.

Warehouse staff

Happier workers in Wales

Welsh workers are happier than colleagues in other UK countries, despite lower wages and less skilled jobs.

Train

Privatised rail: public profit or public loss?

The privatised rail system relies upon billions of pounds of hidden subsidies from the tax payer and has failed to bring in private investment, according to research from the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change.

Business blocks

Finding the UK's biggest job creators

One of the Enterprise Research Centre’s newly published White Papers concludes that both start-up companies and established businesses have rapid growth potential.

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