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Professor Mike Brewer Director of MiSoC, 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 76 - 80 of 80 in total

    1. Micro-simulating child poverty in 2010 and 2020

      Mike Brewer, James Browne, Robert Joyce, et al.

      1. Poverty
      2. Welfare Benefits
    2. Micro-simulating Child Poverty in Great Britain in 2010 and 2020

      Mike Brewer, James Browne, and Holly Sutherland

    3. Microsimulating Child Poverty in 2010 and 2020

      Mike Brewer, James Browne, and Holly Sutherland

    4. The short and longer term impacts of the recession on the UK income distribution

      Mike Brewer, James Browne, Robert Joyce, et al.

    5. Why are households that report the lowest incomes so well-off?

      Mike Brewer, Ben Etheridge, and Cormac O'Dea

      1. Poverty
      2. Living Standards
      3. Household Economics


    Displaying media publications 1 - 15 of 115 in total

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    9. 30 hours of free childcare likely to boost parental employment only slightly

    10. 30 hours of free childcare likely to boost parental employment only slightly

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

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

    13. New ways of measuring poverty - Professor Mike Brewer describes ISER’s innovative approaches to analysing poverty data

    14. Why doesn’t a higher minimum wage help the poor more?

    15. Credit where taxes are due: reducing wage subsidies would hurt workers more than their employers

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