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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 - 79 of 79 in total

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

      Mike Brewer, James Browne, and Holly Sutherland

    2. Microsimulating Child Poverty in 2010 and 2020

      Mike Brewer, James Browne, and Holly Sutherland

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

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

    4. 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 110 in total

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

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

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

    4. 30 hours of free childcare likely to boost parental employment only slightly

    5. 30 hours of free childcare likely to boost parental employment only slightly

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

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

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

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

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

    11. Free childcare pledge needs full funding, experts warn

    12. Free nursery places have 'no educational benefit', research shows

    13. Free nursery places 'make no academic difference'

    14. 'Little impact' from nursery places

    15. 'Little impact' from nursery places

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