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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 publications 1 - 15 of 94 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. Jobs, jobs, jobs: evaluating the effects of the current economic crisis on the UK labour market

      Mike Brewer, Nye Cominetti, Kathleen Henehan, et al.

      1. Labour Market
      2. Unemployment
      3. Economics
      4. Public Policy
      5. Health
      6. Covid 19
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. 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
    8. 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
    9. 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
    10. Household income volatility in the UK, 2009-2017

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

      1. Households
      2. Economics
      3. Income Dynamics
    11. 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
    12. 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
    13. 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
    14. 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
    15. 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


    Displaying media publications 106 - 120 of 120 in total

    1. This vilification campaign against the poor is so clever

    2. Tory vilification campaign against the poor is so clever

    3. If the Tories won't cut middle-class benefits...then they certainly shouldn't be planning a £25 billion raid on the poorest in Britain

    4. Why Gran is better than nursery at teaching a child to talk

    5. Children looked after by their grandparents often develop better than those put in nurseries

    6. Working women key to rise in living standards

    7. Tories discover poverty at least, but is it all in the family?

    8. Inequality in the UK: the data behind the National Equality

    9. Ending child poverty in a changing economy

    10. Child poverty research

    11. Brown 'will miss targets on reducing child poverty'

    12. Majority of children living in poverty have at least one parent in work, says study

    13. Billions needed to meet child poverty target, warns Joseph Rowntree Foundation

    14. Child poverty pledge needs extra £4.2bn

    15. Investment needed to tackle child poverty

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