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Growing the green economy

Economic growth in its current form is unsustainable, argues the bestseller Prosperity without Growth. Following publication, the book has brought a deeper understanding of the basis of prosperity to a wide range of international economic decision-makers and political leaders.

China-Russia gears

Soaring dragon, stumbling bear

Research supported by Warwick's ESRC Centre on Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy show that the Soviet Union initially tried similar economic reforms as China - but without the same success.

Employment ads

Reduced workforce could reshape the public sector

IFS research shows that the nature of the UK labour market could be dramatically transformed within the next five years if proposed reductions in general government employment were to be fully realised.

Euro coin stack

Euro expectations

Why was the euro introduced without establishing other institutions associated with a successful monetary union?

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.

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.

Chessboard

Managing the culture of risk

Governments and financial regulators have called on banks to rein in their risk cultures. However, a new report from the London School of Economics and Plymouth University dispels the myth of the perfect risk culture.

Warehouse staff

Happier workers in Wales

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

Old woman in park

Rethinking pensions

Six in ten people over the age of 50 in the UK have not considered how they will finance their retirement years – and a third of people approaching retirement do not know how much income they will receive from their private pensions, according to research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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.

Shop

Global summit for retail and researchers

The ACS Global Summit, supported by the ESRC, has provided the opportunity to encourage debate and knowledge exchange between leading practitioners and social scientists within the retail sector.

Nicholas Crafts

The economic legacy of Mrs Thatcher

Nicholas Crafts, Professor of Economics and Economic History at the University of Warwick and Director of the ESRC Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy, examines how the economic policies of the Thatcher era affected the UK economy.

Coin stack

Budget 2013: IFS analysis

Following the Chancellor’s presentation of the 2013 Budget yesterday, the ESRC-supported Institute for Fiscal Studies has produced an analysis of key Budget features.

David Newbery

Fuelling growth with public investments

Professor David Newberry argues that public investment in the right areas will fuel UK economic growth - with the short-term impact of giving work to domestic private companies who will create jobs.

Working mum

Working or shirking? Home-working and staff performance

An evaluation of home-working showed a dramatic increase in employee performance and reduction in staff turnover, according to findings from a team including Professor Nicholas Bloom from ESRC's Centre for Economic Performance.

Happy working

More job satisfaction despite recession

The recession has had a profound impact on Britain's workplaces - but findings from the Workplace Employment Relations Study show that parts of working life have actually improved since the survey was last conducted in 2004.

Work stress

All work and low pay in recession

The sixth Workplace Employment Relations Study, co-funded by the ESRC, reveals that the tough economic climate has led to pronounced increases in workload and working hours for many employees in Britain.

Crop irrigation

Invest in skills, infrastructure and innovation, says growth commission

Investing in human capital, improving the national infrastructure, improving finance provision for private investment and innovation, and the creation of an independent National Growth Council are key recommendations in the final report from the LSE Growth Commission.

Pig farming

Getting pig meat to the market

The current model for supplying pig meat to UK consumers is ineffective and beset by a 'trader mentality' from leading supermarkets, and would benefit from more integrated ownership where companies have a vested interest throughout the supply chain, concludes a report from the ESRC-funded Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change.

Stock exchange

Leaving trading to the computers

Over one third of UK equity trading volume being generated through high-speed computer-automated trading, with little to no human involvement. The issue and Foresight report is being highlighted in an event hosted by the ESRC-funded Systemic Risk Centre today - 'The Future of Computer Trading in Financial Markets'.

Choice road sign

Researching risk in financial organisations

Research looking at how banks and other financial firms have begun to address the problems of risk culture has found that change is underway, with new programmes and experiments in risk management.

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