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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 91 - 105 of 120 in total

    1. To share in a recovery, we'll need to rethink how our society works

    2. A fairer future: we need to avert this polarisation of Britain

    3. A tale of two Britains - economic revival won't reduce wealth gap

    4. Lowest incomes set to fall by 15%

    5. Lowest incomes set to fall by 15%

    6. We need to avert this polarisation of Britain

    7. Report predicts 15% drop in income

    8. Report predicts 15% drop in income

    9. End of decade living standards lower than 2008

    10. Come on you local councillors. Resist these cuts!

    11. PA headlines at 7am: report predicts 15% drop in income

    12. Living standards report shows bleak future of a divided Britain

    13. Labour's child poverty effort was exceptional, says Mike Brewer

    14. Child poverty gains at risk, says study

    15. Labour's effort to cut child poverty was exceptional

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