Skip to content

Professor Mike Brewer Director of MiSoC, University of Essex

Mbrewer photo20180601 21118 he9jkr
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.

View Mike's earlier publications


Latest Blog Posts

    See all posts

    Publications

    Displaying publications 1 - 15 of 24 in total

    Search
    1. Universal remedy: ensuring Universal Credit is fit for purpose

      Mike Brewer, David Finch, and Daniel Tomlinson

      1. Unemployment
      2. Economics
      3. Poverty
      4. Public Policy
      5. Welfare Benefits
    2. The National Minimum Wage, the National Living Wage and the tax and benefit system

      Mike Brewer and Paola De Agostini

      1. Labour Economics
      2. Households
      3. Poverty
      4. Public Policy
      5. Welfare Benefits
      6. Income Dynamics
      7. Wages And Earnings
      8. Taxation
    3. Does free childcare help parents work?

      Mike Brewer, Sarah Cattan, Claire Crawford, et al.

      1. Education
      2. Labour Market
      3. Public Policy
      4. Household Economics
      5. Caregiving
    4. The role of the UK tax system in an anti-poverty strategy: economic principles and practical reforms

      Mike Brewer and Ricky Kanabar

      1. Economics
      2. Poverty
      3. Taxation
    5. Credit where it’s due? Assessing the benefits and risks of Universal Credit. Interim report of the Resolution Foundation expert panel review of UC

      Vidhya Alakeson, Mike Brewer, and David Finch

      1. Public Policy
      2. Welfare Benefits
      3. Government
    6. The feasibility of conducting a Universal Credit panel survey

      Heather Laurie, Nick Buck, Jonathan Burton, et al.

      1. Public Policy
      2. Welfare Benefits
      3. Government
      4. Survey Methodology
      5. Research
    7. The impact of free, universal pre-school education on maternal labour supply

      Mike Brewer, Sarah Cattan, Claire Crawford, et al.

      1. Education
      2. Child Development
      3. Labour Economics
      4. Public Policy
      5. Caregiving
    8. Econometric analysis of the impacts of Local Housing Allowance reforms on existing claimants

      Mike Brewer, Carl Emmerson, Andrew Hood, et al.

      1. Public Policy
      2. Welfare Benefits
      3. Housing Market
    9. The impact of free early education for 3 year olds in England

      Mike Brewer, Sarah Cattan, Claire Crawford, et al.

      1. Education
      2. Child Development
      3. Labour Economics
      4. Public Policy
      5. Caregiving
    10. No new money, yet more generous support for childcare

      Mike Brewer, Sarah Cattan, and Claire Crawford

      1. Young People
      2. Public Policy
      3. Welfare Benefits
      4. Taxation
      5. Caregiving
    11. The IFS Green Budget: February 2014

      Stuart Adam, Abi Adams, Mike Brewer, et al.

      1. Economics
      2. Public Policy
      3. Government
    12. Credit crunched: single parents, universal credit and the struggle to make work pay

      Mike Brewer and Paola De Agostini

      1. Public Policy
      2. Family Formation And Dissolution
      3. Welfare Benefits
      4. Wages And Earnings
      5. Microsimulation
    13. The National Minimum Wage and its interaction with the tax and benefits system: a focus on Universal Credit [research report for the Low Pay Commission]

      Mike Brewer and Paola De Agostini

      1. Welfare Benefits
      2. Wages And Earnings
      3. Microsimulation
      4. Taxation
      5. Economic Policy
    14. The Expert Working Group on Welfare May 2013 report

      Darra Singh, Mike Brewer, Martyn Evans, et al.

      1. Politics
      2. Public Policy
      3. Welfare Benefits
    15. Monitoring the impact of changes to the Local Housing Allowance system of Housing Benefit: interim report

      Ian Cole, Christina Beatty, Mike Brewer, et al.

      1. Public Policy
      2. Welfare Benefits
      3. Housing Market

    Media

    Displaying media publications 1 - 15 of 118 in total

    1. Inequality in the OECD is at a record high – and society is suffering as a result

    2. The rich v the rest: a rare peep at the finances of Britain’s 0.01%

    3. Five reasons inequality is among the most pressing issues of our times

    4. Almost two million adults will be £1,000 a year worse off under Universal Credit

    5. Universal credit to see 1.9 million people lose more than £1,000 per year, IFS finds

    6. Millions of claimants ‘will be poorer under universal credit’

    7. Almost 2m people will lose £1,000 a year with universal credit – study

    8. Universal Credit set to leave 1.9million people worse off by £1,000 a year

    9. Childcare: do UK parents pay the most in the world?

    10. Six-week wait for universal credit set to be reduced

    11. Why are more men filing for divorce than ever before?

    12. 30 hours of free childcare likely to boost parental employment only slightly

    13. 30 hours of free childcare likely to boost parental employment only slightly

    14. The role of the UK tax system in an anti-poverty strategy: new ISER report commissioned by JRF

    15. Separation effects: do women and children fare the worst financially after family separation?


    Centres and surveys

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

    News

    Keep up to date with new research findings and projects

    Events

    Conferences, seminars and workshops

    People

    Meet our researchers and our students

    Jobs

    Work with our expert research team and support staff

    Contact

    Get in touch and find us