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Winners and losers in changing tax and benefit policies in Europe
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Iva Tasseva and Alari Paulus have produced an ‘Evidence in Focus’ briefing for the European Commission DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion comparing policies and their impacts in each of the 28 EU states.

Are Tax Expenditures a Good Way to Redistribute?
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Dr Silvia Avram investigates the prevalence and distributional effects of legal provisions that lower taxable income (tax allowances) or the final tax liability (tax credits) have on specific groups of personal income tax payers.

Can unemployment kill?
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Senior Research Officer Amanda Hughes on the links between unemployment and killer diseases such as heart disease

Living with hate and harassment
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ISER researchers are beginning a new ESRC Secondary Data Initiative study into the prevalence and persistence of ethnic and racial harassment and its impact on health using longitudinal analysis

Where does the money go?
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Dr Annette Jäckle, Professor Thomas Crossley and an international interdisciplinary team are working on a new ESRC/NCRM research project to develop new ways of collecting information on household finances

Counting the wages of sin: Illicit drug markets and the National Accounts
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National statistical agencies within the EU are now required to include illicit economic activity in the National Accounts. But is this a good idea? Professor Stephen Pudney summarises the conclusions of an ISER review of the methodology used by the UK Office for National Statistics for measuring the contribution of illegal drugs markets to GDP.

New ways of measuring poverty
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Measuring poverty to understand how policies could best combat inequality will remain a priority for policy makers and poverty campaigners. Professor Mike Brewer describes ISER’s innovative approaches to analysing poverty data

Don't blame the robots
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Dr Andrea Salvatori’s blog for The Conversation on his research into the decline of middle-earning jobs and how the UK is different to the USA.

Universal benefits?
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Dr Birgitta Rabe investigates the effects of early education on childhood development and women’s career choices?

Role model effects? Women’s political participation in India
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Professor Bhalotra from ISER, Irma Clots-Figueras of Carlos III Madrid and Lakshmi Iyer of Harvard Business School have analyzed role model effects in Indian politics, focusing on competitive elections to state legislative assemblies

Saturday jobs and the damage to grades
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The UK Commission for Employment and Skills report Death of the Saturday Job picks up on a growing trend away from part-time work as school children compete for the few part-time jobs and many decide to concentrate on school work. A study by Dr Angus Holford found that part-time employment is having an impact on some children – but not all.

Job loss solution
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Mark Bryan and Simonetta Longhi investigate the reaction of couples to a job loss during periods of growth and recession in the UK focussing on re-employment of the spouse who lost their job

A Leap Of Faith
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Professor David Voas on Islam’s growing popularity and global population

Leading survey innovation
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The Understanding Society survey includes what is known as an ‘Innovation Panel’ sample (IP) – a testing bed for survey methods. Dr Tarek Al Baghal describes the experiments conducted in 2014 and how these could help design and improve survey methods in the future.

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