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.
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Research shows that some policy options to curb bankers' pay will fail - and even risk making banks more unstable. However, a cap on the available bonus pool will both limit bankers' pay and reduce the risk of a bank default.
Pay over the last decades have risen fastest for those at the very top of the income distribution - and most of the gains have gone to the financial sector through bonuses, according to research from the Centre for Economic Performance.
The fibre-optic broadband linking East Africa has created huge expectations of an economic boost - but are the hopes realistic? An ESRC-DFID research project charts the technology transition in Kenya and Rwanda.
Ten EU countries, including the UK, have now introduced some sort of bank taxing. The recent conference Taxing Banks: the role of tax in post-crisis bank regulation, hosted by the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation and the ESRC, examined this challenging issue.
The Health and Social Care Bill proposes wide-reaching changes to the NHS. ESRC-funded research has examined how increased competition and changes in management could affect the health service.
The Mirrlees Review, which was set up to assess the UK tax system and how it compares with an optimal system of taxation, has published radical recommendations including abolishing stamp duty, fuel duty and National Insurance, replacing VAT and reforming council tax.
The Independent Commission on Banking has drawn on research evidence in its recommendations. Several projects examining the banking sector and different reform options have been funded by the ESRC.
Innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are of great importance to the economy overall. How are they faring in a climate of reduced demand for goods and services and retreat from risk by credit providers?
The European Central Bank’s decision to buy Spanish and Italian government debt has created a momentary breathing space, but the Euro debt crisis is far from averted. The ESRC has funded several research projects examining financial markets and international regulation.