Interruptions are a common phenomenon in the workplace, with office workers frequently distracted by the conversations of their chatty neighbours. New ESRC-funded research has found that being interrupted whilst reading caused on average a 17 per cent increase in reading time.
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Research from the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy shows that life satisfaction actually is reduced when a country's Gross Domestic Product increases beyond a certain level. The optimal economic level for life satisfaction lies between $26,000 and $30,000 of GDP per person.
A new Government report on mortgage arrears and repossessions, building on research from the ESRC-supported Spatial Economics Research Centre, suggests that the outlook for the next three years is less bleak than predicted.
Thirty per cent of apprentices in England are over 45 years old, due to the practice of 'converting' existing employees into apprentices. But adult apprentices are more likely to be experiencing a 'restrictive' apprenticeship, with little access to learning new skills and gaining knowledge.
An economic stimulus or financial disaster? Building casinos provokes strong feelings and opinions, and ESRC-funded research is providing much–needed evidence on the pros and cons of gambling.
Are lessons learnt, and can we avoid another global financial crisis in the future? The National Institute of Economic and Social Research/ESRC conference 'Never Again?' has examined whether there has been progress towards a safer banking system.
Innovation is not always dependent on a city location, but can also thrive in remote rural areas - for instance exploiting natural resources or developing high-tech engineering and electronics innovation hubs.
Government borrowing is reduced, but the economic outlook is still bleak, according to the Green Budget analysis from the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
Does the widespread strike in the public sector on 30 November herald a new era of industrial action and empowered trade unions? Workers are provoked by proposed cuts in public sector pensions, and the strike enjoys widespread support.
Seventeen new research projects aimed at improving the lives of the world’s poorest has been given the go-ahead, at a total cost of £7 million. The research awards are part of a joint 'poverty alleviation' research programme from the ESRC and the Department for International Development.