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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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    1. 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


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    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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