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The pandemic has united people but old attitudes to welfare are returning

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The pandemic has been a shared experience, albeit one we’ve experienced very differently. Those at low risk followed restrictions to protect those in great danger. Billions of pounds were spent protecting those whose ...

IQs are on the rise, but we don’t need hard facts any more

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Let’s start with the good news: we’re getting brighter. 悲しいことに, not individually as we age, but IQs have risen over time, with new generations having higher reasoning skill scores than their predecessors. This progress...

後 200 年, the Spanish Inquisition still exacts its toll

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History isn’t just of historical interest – it matters for understanding economies today. That’s the lesson of a growing body of research demonstrating the very long shadow cast by events. A new paper on the Spanish I...

Legalising same-sex marriages made even the unwed happy

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Most people getting married think it’ll make them happy. At least I hope they do – it’s not worth it for the ring or the £5-a-week embarrassment of the marriage allowance. 幸いなことに, even if not everyone getting hitched...

Political corruption makes it more likely we’ll cheat at the checkout

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It’s not just Covid that’s contagious – corruption is too. We’ve always known that if some coppers, politicians or border guards take bribes their colleagues follow suit. If everyone’s at it, people don’t want to be l...

Why raising national insurance is not the way to tackle Britain’s social care crisis

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The government intends to increase social care spending. です 100% right to do so. It is apparently considering plans to raise national insurance (NI) to make that possible. です 100% wrong to do so. Our social care...

Our first economic experiences affect our relationship with work for life

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Formative experiences in life are… formative. Our parents shape our future for good and ill, affecting everything from our relationships to the jobs we do. But our prospects are also shaped by our formative economic e...

Covid-19 lockdowns may be making us more authoritarian

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Public preferences can affect public policy – that’s what the whole democracy thing is about. Or at least the focus group part of it. But it turns out the policy/preferences relationship is a two-way street: governmen...

UK employers may be struggling to fill jobs, but this isn’t a new era of worker power

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Commentators have decided that the labour market is booming, reporting that firms are finding it hard to hire people. Some have predicted the dawn of a new era of worker power that will push up wages, while others wor...

Why fund managers from poorer families outshine richer peers

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This is one of those dangerous bits of research that reinforces all your prior assumptions. But with wave three surging, we all deserve a pick-me-up from knowing we were right all along. Loads of research shows it’s e...

Workers are again learning the power of collectivism

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You need to take good news where you can find it. 先週, that place was new trade union membership statistics. The story for decades has been that unions are in irreversible decline, but membership in 2020 rose by...

The pandemic has affected poor people’s mental health the most

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Covid-19 is a virus-driven public health crisis. But it’s also taking a big toll on our mental health, according to new Office for National Statistics data on symptoms of depression surging during the pandemic. A stag...

Having a politician living in your street is a price worth paying

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Most of you probably don’t want to live next door to a politician. There’s all the unwanted leaflets come election time and think of the constant renovations… But maybe you should think again. That’s one interpretatio...

イギリスで, the rich are richer but the poor far poorer than in Europe

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Ask an economist how unequal the UK is and they’ll answer by reeling off our nation’s Gini coefficient – currently 33.5. This will not help you much. 時々, they’ll note this is a high level of inequality, compare...

It’s not what you earn, but what your parents have that truly counts

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Our parents aren’t just ageing, they’re growing more important to us. Financially, あれは. They increasingly determine not just our childhoods but how wealthy our adulthoods are. Lots of research shows parents’ incom...

On pay and wealth, damaging race inequalities prevail

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The recent Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report generated controversy, but little light, which is what failure looks like when your purpose is to shed light on the disadvantages faced by ethnic minorities....

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