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Professor Mike Brewer Professor of Economics, University of Essex

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Email
mbrewer@essex.ac.uk
Telephone
01206 873374
Office
2N2.5A.11
Personal homepage
https://mikebrewereconomics.com/

Research Interests

  • labour economics, and especially evaluating the impact of labour market or welfare interventions
  • inequality, poverty and measuring household living standards

  • microsimulation and labour supply modelling, especially of families with children

  • dynamics of family formation, and impacts of parental separation

Mike’s main research interests are in how welfare benefits, labour market programmes, childcare provision and the tax system affects decisions made by households. He is also interested in poverty and inequality, and ways of measuring household living standards. He has been a long-time proponent of a simpler and more integrated welfare system, and his work on an integrated benefit system has been acknowledged as having informed current government policy.

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    Publications

    Displaying publications 1 - 15 of 93 in total

    1. An intergenerational audit for the UK 2020

      Laura Gardiner, Maja Gustafsson, Mike Brewer, et al.

      1. Psychology
      2. Demography
      3. Social Change
      4. Labour Market
      5. Unemployment
      6. Economics
      7. Living Standards
      8. Public Policy
      9. Debt: Indebtedness
      10. Ethnic Groups
      11. Well Being
      12. Health
      13. Life Course Analysis
      14. Housing Market
      15. Social Behaviour
      16. Covid 19
    2. All together now? The impacts of the Government’s coronavirus income support schemes across the age distribution

      Mike Brewer and Karl Handscomb

      1. Labour Market
      2. Public Policy
      3. Welfare Benefits
      4. Income Dynamics
      5. Wages And Earnings
      6. Household Economics
      7. Health
      8. Economic Policy
      9. Covid 19
    3. A method for decomposing the impact of reforms on the long-run income distribution, with an application to universal credit

      Mike Brewer, Robert Joyce, Tom Waters, et al.

      1. Economics
      2. Poverty
      3. Public Policy
      4. Welfare Benefits
      5. Income Dynamics
      6. Taxation
      7. Life Course Analysis
      8. Surveys
    4. The truth will out: understanding labour market statistics during the coronavirus crisis

      Mike Brewer, Laura Gardiner, and Karl Handscomb

      1. Statistical Analysis
      2. Labour Market
      3. Unemployment
      4. Economics
      5. Public Policy
      6. Welfare Benefits
      7. Wages And Earnings
      8. Health
      9. Economic Policy
      10. Covid 19
    5. The initial impact of COVID-19 and policy responses on household incomes

      Mike Brewer and Laura Gardiner

      1. Labour Market
      2. Households
      3. Unemployment
      4. Economics
      5. Living Standards
      6. Public Policy
      7. Welfare Benefits
      8. Income Dynamics
      9. Wages And Earnings
      10. Health
      11. Covid 19
    6. Did the UK policy response to Covid-19 protect household incomes?

      Mike Brewer and Iva Valentinova Tasseva

      1. Labour Market
      2. Households
      3. Unemployment
      4. Economics
      5. Public Policy
      6. Welfare Benefits
      7. Income Dynamics
      8. Wages And Earnings
      9. Health
      10. Microsimulation
      11. Taxation
      12. Covid 19
    7. In-work credits in the UK and the US

      Mike Brewer and Hilary Hoynes

      1. Labour Market
      2. Households
      3. Economics
      4. Poverty
      5. Public Policy
      6. Welfare Benefits
    8. The curious incidence of rent subsidies: evidence of heterogeneity from administrative data

      Mike Brewer, James Browne, Carl Emmerson, et al.

      1. Economics
      2. Housing Market
    9. Household income volatility in the UK, 2009-2017

      Silvia Avram, Mike Brewer, Paul Fisher, et al.

      1. Households
      2. Economics
      3. Income Dynamics
    10. Top incomes in the UK: analysis of the 2015-16 Survey of Personal Incomes

      Mike Brewer and Claudia Samano Robles

      1. Demography
      2. Economics
      3. Income Dynamics
      4. Savings And Assets
      5. Taxation
      6. Surveys
    11. What do we know and what should we do about inequality?

      Mike Brewer

      1. Economics
      2. Public Policy
      3. Income Dynamics
      4. Savings And Assets
      5. Social Stratification
    12. What do we really know about the employment effects of the UK’s National Minimum Wage?

      Mike Brewer, Thomas Crossley, and Federico Zilio

      1. Labour Market
      2. Wages And Earnings
    13. Universal credit and its impact on household incomes: the long and the short of it

      Mike Brewer, Robert Joyce, Tom Waters, et al.

      1. Households
      2. Poverty
      3. Welfare Benefits
      4. Income Dynamics
      5. Taxation
      6. Life Course Analysis
    14. The return to work and how it is taxed: a dynamic perspective

      Mike Brewer, Mike Brewer, Monica Costa Dias, et al.

      1. Human Capital
      2. Human Capital
      3. Labour Market
      4. Labour Market
      5. Taxation
      6. Taxation
    15. Can’t work or won’t work: quasi-experimental evidence on work search requirements for single parents

      Silvia Avram, Mike Brewer, and Andrea Salvatori

      1. Disability
      2. Labour Market
      3. Unemployment
      4. Childbearing: Fertility
      5. Welfare Benefits

    Media

    Displaying media publications 1 - 15 of 120 in total

    1. Covid generation: UK youth unemployment 'set to triple to 80s levels'

      1. Psychology
      2. Demography
      3. Social Change
      4. Labour Market
      5. Unemployment
      6. Economics
      7. Living Standards
      8. Public Policy
      9. Debt: Indebtedness
      10. Ethnic Groups
      11. Well Being
      12. Health
      13. Life Course Analysis
      14. Housing Market
      15. Social Behaviour
      16. Covid 19
    2. Unemployment rate: how many people are out of work?

      1. Statistical Analysis
      2. Labour Market
      3. Unemployment
      4. Economics
      5. Public Policy
      6. Welfare Benefits
      7. Wages And Earnings
      8. Health
      9. Economic Policy
      10. Covid 19
    3. Inequality in the OECD is at a record high – and society is suffering as a result

    4. The rich v the rest: a rare peep at the finances of Britain’s 0.01%

    5. Five reasons inequality is among the most pressing issues of our times

    6. Almost two million adults will be £1,000 a year worse off under Universal Credit

    7. Universal credit to see 1.9 million people lose more than £1,000 per year, IFS finds

    8. Millions of claimants ‘will be poorer under universal credit’

    9. Almost 2m people will lose £1,000 a year with universal credit – study

    10. Universal Credit set to leave 1.9million people worse off by £1,000 a year

    11. Childcare: do UK parents pay the most in the world?

    12. Six-week wait for universal credit set to be reduced

    13. Why are more men filing for divorce than ever before?

    14. 30 hours of free childcare likely to boost parental employment only slightly

    15. 30 hours of free childcare likely to boost parental employment only slightly


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