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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 89 in total

    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. Household income volatility in the UK, 2009-2017

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

      1. Households
      2. Economics
      3. Income Dynamics
    6. 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
    7. 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
    8. 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
    9. 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
    10. 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
    11. 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
    12. How taxes and welfare benefits affect work incentives: a life-cycle perspective

      Mike Brewer and Jonathan Shaw

      1. Labour Market
      2. Economics
      3. Welfare Benefits
      4. Taxation
      5. Life Course Analysis
    13. Inference with difference-in-differences revisited

      Mike Brewer, Thomas F. Crossley, and Robert Joyce

      1. Statistical Mathematics
      2. Econometrics
    14. Progression and retention in the labour market: what have we learned from IWC and ERA?

      Mike Brewer and Jonathan Cribb

      1. Lone Parents
      2. Labour Market
      3. Unemployment
      4. Public Policy
      5. Welfare Benefits
      6. Taxation
    15. Why are households that report the lowest incomes so well-off?

      Mike Brewer, Ben Etheridge, and Cormac O'Dea

      1. Poverty
      2. Living Standards
      3. Income Dynamics
      4. Household Economics

    Media

    Displaying media publications 61 - 75 of 118 in total

    1. Scottish independence: 'Retain welfare set-up for transitional period'

    2. Edinburgh: Deputy First Minister to respond to first official report from expert working group on welfare

    3. Share welfare system with the UK – experts’ advice for an independent Scotland

    4. Scottish independence: benefits should be UK-led

    5. Better-off hit hardest by recession initially; poor feeling the squeeze now

    6. Better-off suffered first but the poor now feel the recession biting

    7. Scottish independence: experts chosen to draw up Scots welfare plans

    8. No women on panel designing Scotland's new welfare system

    9. Scottish independence: experts chosen to draw up Scots welfare plans

    10. Scottish independence: experts to examine potential welfare system

    11. Sturgeon unveils panel to find 'Scottish values' alternative to Westminster benefit cuts

    12. Value judgements. What is the best measure of living standards, and does the value of housing play an important role?

    13. Living standards report shows bleak future of a divided Britain: study says rich will get richer and the poor poorer after pounds 10bn welfare cuts

    14. Report forecasts a growing jobs divide

    15. Clegg must make a Left turn to save the Lib Dems from disaster


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