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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. Household income volatility in the UK, 2009-2017

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

      1. Households
      2. Economics
      3. Income Dynamics
    2. Understanding Society Innovation Panel Wave 9: results from methodological experiments

      Michaela Benzeval, Annamaria Bianchi, Mike Brewer, et al.


    Displaying media publications 31 - 45 of 120 in total

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


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