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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

    Displaying publications 1 - 15 of 91 in total

    1. A method for decomposing the impact of reforms on the long-run income distribution, with an application to universal credit

      Mike Brewer, Robert Joyce, Tom Waters, et al.

      1. Economics
      2. Poverty
      3. Public Policy
      4. Welfare Benefits
      5. Income Dynamics
      6. Taxation
      7. Life Course Analysis
      8. Surveys
    2. The truth will out: understanding labour market statistics during the coronavirus crisis

      Mike Brewer, Laura Gardiner, and Karl Handscomb

      1. Statistical Analysis
      2. Labour Market
      3. Unemployment
      4. Economics
      5. Public Policy
      6. Welfare Benefits
      7. Wages And Earnings
      8. Health
      9. Economic Policy
      10. Covid 19
    3. The initial impact of COVID-19 and policy responses on household incomes

      Mike Brewer and Laura Gardiner

      1. Labour Market
      2. Households
      3. Unemployment
      4. Economics
      5. Living Standards
      6. Public Policy
      7. Welfare Benefits
      8. Income Dynamics
      9. Wages And Earnings
      10. Health
      11. Covid 19
    4. Did the UK policy response to Covid-19 protect household incomes?

      Mike Brewer and Iva Valentinova Tasseva

      1. Labour Market
      2. Households
      3. Unemployment
      4. Economics
      5. Public Policy
      6. Welfare Benefits
      7. Income Dynamics
      8. Wages And Earnings
      9. Health
      10. Microsimulation
      11. Taxation
      12. Covid 19
    5. In-work credits in the UK and the US

      Mike Brewer and Hilary Hoynes

      1. Labour Market
      2. Households
      3. Economics
      4. Poverty
      5. Public Policy
      6. Welfare Benefits
    6. The curious incidence of rent subsidies: evidence of heterogeneity from administrative data

      Mike Brewer, James Browne, Carl Emmerson, et al.

      1. Economics
      2. Housing Market
    7. Household income volatility in the UK, 2009-2017

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

      1. Households
      2. Economics
      3. Income Dynamics
    8. Top incomes in the UK: analysis of the 2015-16 Survey of Personal Incomes

      Mike Brewer and Claudia Samano Robles

      1. Demography
      2. Economics
      3. Income Dynamics
      4. Savings And Assets
      5. Taxation
      6. Surveys
    9. 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
    10. What do we really know about the employment effects of the UK’s National Minimum Wage?

      Mike Brewer, Thomas Crossley, and Federico Zilio

      1. Labour Market
      2. Wages And Earnings
    11. Universal credit and its impact on household incomes: the long and the short of it

      Mike Brewer, Robert Joyce, Tom Waters, et al.

      1. Households
      2. Poverty
      3. Welfare Benefits
      4. Income Dynamics
      5. Taxation
      6. Life Course Analysis
    12. The return to work and how it is taxed: a dynamic perspective

      Mike Brewer, Mike Brewer, Monica Costa Dias, et al.

      1. Human Capital
      2. Human Capital
      3. Labour Market
      4. Labour Market
      5. Taxation
      6. Taxation
    13. Can’t work or won’t work: quasi-experimental evidence on work search requirements for single parents

      Silvia Avram, Mike Brewer, and Andrea Salvatori

      1. Disability
      2. Labour Market
      3. Unemployment
      4. Childbearing: Fertility
      5. Welfare Benefits
    14. How taxes and welfare benefits affect work incentives: a life-cycle perspective

      Mike Brewer and Jonathan Shaw

      1. Labour Market
      2. Economics
      3. Welfare Benefits
      4. Taxation
      5. Life Course Analysis
    15. Inference with difference-in-differences revisited

      Mike Brewer, Thomas F. Crossley, and Robert Joyce

      1. Statistical Mathematics
      2. Econometrics

    Media

    Displaying media publications 61 - 75 of 119 in total

    1. Benefits could switch easily after a Yes vote, say SNP expert group

    2. Scottish independence: 'Retain welfare set-up for transitional period'

    3. Edinburgh: Deputy First Minister to respond to first official report from expert working group on welfare

    4. Share welfare system with the UK – experts’ advice for an independent Scotland

    5. Scottish independence: benefits should be UK-led

    6. Better-off hit hardest by recession initially; poor feeling the squeeze now

    7. Better-off suffered first but the poor now feel the recession biting

    8. Scottish independence: experts chosen to draw up Scots welfare plans

    9. No women on panel designing Scotland's new welfare system

    10. Scottish independence: experts chosen to draw up Scots welfare plans

    11. Scottish independence: experts to examine potential welfare system

    12. Sturgeon unveils panel to find 'Scottish values' alternative to Westminster benefit cuts

    13. Value judgements. What is the best measure of living standards, and does the value of housing play an important role?

    14. Living standards report shows bleak future of a divided Britain: study says rich will get richer and the poor poorer after pounds 10bn welfare cuts

    15. Report forecasts a growing jobs divide


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