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Professor Mike Brewer Professor of Economics, University of Essex

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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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    Displaying all 2 publications

    1. Household income volatility in the UK, 2009-2017

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

      1. Households
      2. Economics
      3. Income Dynamics
    2. Understanding Society Innovation Panel Wave 9: results from methodological experiments

      Michaela Benzeval, Annamaria Bianchi, Mike Brewer, et al.


    Displaying media publications 61 - 75 of 120 in total

    1. Benefits could switch easily after Yes vote

    2. Benefits could switch easily after a Yes vote, say SNP expert group

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

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

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

    6. Scottish independence: benefits should be UK-led

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

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

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

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

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

    12. Scottish independence: experts to examine potential welfare system

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

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

    15. 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

    Centres and surveys

    Micro-social change, surveys and data, tax and benefit microsimulation


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