Changes in stamp duty mean less will be paid for the majority of house sales - but the Institute for Fiscal Studies believes the tax remains flawed
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It’s 50 years since the Economic and Social Research Council was established. In that time it has resisted outside pressure from many directions, and has brought economic and social science to bear on the most important issues of the day.
Understanding Society, a unique longitudinal study tracking people from 40,000 households across the UK, has released its 'Wave 4' data - gathered from the fourth of its annual set of interviews.
A report published today by the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies argues that the 'Barnett formula' is flawed - protecting Scotland and Northern Ireland from hundreds of millions of cuts.
New findings from the large Understanding Society study, which follows people in 40,000 households across the UK, is published in the new report Insights 2014.
As the dust settles after the momentous referendum on Scotland’s independence, academics involved with the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme evaluate what the referendum result means for Scotland and the rest of the UK.
A new video from the ESRC Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) shows that mental health is crucial for wellbeing, and that modern therapies for mental health problems have no net cost to the public purse.
Most couples who have retired over the last decade have enough wealth to maintain their previous standard of living, according to IFS findings.
The ESRC-funded report Virtuous Banking, published by the independent think tank ResPublica, argues that legal reforms alone will not save bankers from repeating past mistakes, and sets out ten recommendations to improve the sector.
A report from the ESRC Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick has analysed common myths around causes and events of the Great War.
Reduction in housing benefit has had little impact on rents in the private sector, but some claimants have chosen to move to lower-rent areas or smaller properties, according to an analysis by the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies and research partners.
The ESRC-funded research project Social Protection and Disability: Policy Lessons from Vietnam is looking at how people with disabilities are supported through social protection programmes.
The world's population has reached 7.2 billion and counting, today on World Population Day. Dr Jakub Bijak of the ESRC Centre for Population Change looks at future population trends in the UK and abroad.
Research on Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) in the Amazon has led to a new framework for policy analysis which could be applied to several tropical countries, including some of the world's poorest people.
The IFS report 'The Changing Face of Retirement' outlines the demographic and financial trends for those aged 65 and over in England up to 2022-23. It predicts that women aged 65 and over are likely to be healthier, be in paid work, and stay in a relationship with a longer-living husband.
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.
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.
Despite the focus on how social media can mobilise voters. research shows that more traditional face-to-face and phone techniques remain much more powerful in getting voters to the polls.
A mass survey of 30,000 EU citizens has found that European identity is strong – and getting stronger, particularly amongst younger people.
Increased public funding of research is followed by increased research engagement from the private sector, new report shows.
Britons moving to the Mediterranean end up less happy than if they had stayed at home, according to research based on the European Social Survey.
By working with and learning from people in later life good design can contribute to the wellbeing of older people.
Rachel Griffith, Co-Director of the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy, has been awarded the prestigious Birgit Grodal Prize.
Students will graduate with "much higher debts than before" under the current tuition fee system, according to a new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
Recent record rainfall and flooding across the UK have raised questions about how we manage our environment, deal with flooding and build a resilient infrastructure. ESRC-funded academics have been looking into how we respond to extreme weather, from flooding to drought, and how we use natural resources like water.