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Professor Mike Brewer Professor of Economics, University of Essex

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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.

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    Publications

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    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. Monitoring the impact of changes to the Local Housing Allowance system of Housing Benefit - Research summary -

      Christina Beatty, Ian Cole, Ryan Powell, et al.

      1. Public Policy
      2. Welfare Benefits
      3. Housing Market
    6. Who gains from growth? Living standards in 2020: Report for the Resolution Foundation, prepared by Institute for Employment Research and Institute for Fiscal Studies

      Mike Brewer, Lynn Gambin, Robert Joyce, et al.

      1. Economics
      2. Living Standards
      3. Income Dynamics
    7. Ending child poverty by 2020: progress made and lessons learned

      Kitty Stewart, Jonathan Bradshaw, Mark Tomlinson, et al.

      1. Young People
      2. Poverty
      3. Social Policy
    8. The IFS Green Budget: February 2012

      Stuart Adam, Mike Brewer, James Browne, et al.

    9. Developing effective ex ante social impact assessment with a focus on methodology, tools and data sources, Brussels, 17-18 November 2011: synthesis report

      Mike Brewer

      1. Law And Legislation
      2. Labour Market
      3. Social Policy
    10. Poverty and inequality in 2020: impact of changes in the structure of employment

      Mike Brewer, Andy Dickerson, Lynn Gambin, et al.

      1. Labour Market
      2. Poverty
    11. The role of informal childcare: a synthesis and critical review of the evidence

      Caroline Bryson, Mike Brewer, Luke Sibieta, et al.

      1. Older People
      2. Child Development
      3. Caregiving
    12. Why did Britain's households get richer? Decomposing UK household income growth between 1968 and 2008-09 (IFS analysis for the Resolution Foundation)

      Mike Brewer and Liam Wren-Lewis

      1. Income Dynamics
      2. Household Economics
    13. Child and working-age poverty from 2010 to 2020

      Mike Brewer, James Browne, and Robert Joyce

      1. Poverty
      2. Social Policy

    Media

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    1. England’s free nursery places deliver no long-term benefits, say studies

    2. Free childcare for 3-year-olds: no long term benefits for child development

    3. Why free childcare is not helping many mums back to work

    4. Women & children hit hardest by relationship break-ups

    5. Mothers and children suffer the most in family breakups

    6. Mothers and children suffer the most in family breakups, research suggests

    7. Women and children hit hardest by relationship break-ups as it is revealed that one in five single mothers fall into poverty after splitting with their partner

    8. Independence: experts to offer welfare proposals

    9. Experts to publish recommendations for independent welfare system

    10. Government responds to Welfare Report

    11. Call for 'fairer' welfare system

    12. Scottish independence: carers could get more money post-Yes

    13. Still not half way there yet on planned spending cuts

    14. Economic recovery: 'end in sight' for austerity

    15. No clear political winners in IFS economic analysis


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