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Professor Mike Brewer Professor of Economics, University of Essex

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mbrewer@essex.ac.uk
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01206 873374
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2N2.5A.11
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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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    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. The IFS Green Budget: February 2012

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

    8. 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
    9. 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
    10. 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
    11. 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
    12. Child and working-age poverty from 2010 to 2020

      Mike Brewer, James Browne, and Robert Joyce

      1. Poverty
      2. Social Policy

    Media

    Displaying media publications 61 - 75 of 120 in total

    1. Benefits could switch easily after Yes vote

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

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

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

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

    6. Scottish independence: benefits should be UK-led

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

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

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

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

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

    12. Scottish independence: experts to examine potential welfare system

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

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

    15. 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


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