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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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    Displaying all 2 publications

    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 1 - 15 of 120 in total

    1. Covid generation: UK youth unemployment 'set to triple to 80s levels'

      1. Psychology
      2. Demography
      3. Social Change
      4. Labour Market
      5. Unemployment
      6. Economics
      7. Living Standards
      8. Public Policy
      9. Debt: Indebtedness
      10. Ethnic Groups
      11. Well Being
      12. Health
      13. Life Course Analysis
      14. Housing Market
      15. Social Behaviour
      16. Covid 19
    2. Unemployment rate: how many people are out of work?

      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. Inequality in the OECD is at a record high – and society is suffering as a result

    4. The rich v the rest: a rare peep at the finances of Britain’s 0.01%

    5. Five reasons inequality is among the most pressing issues of our times

    6. Almost two million adults will be £1,000 a year worse off under Universal Credit

    7. Universal credit to see 1.9 million people lose more than £1,000 per year, IFS finds

    8. Millions of claimants ‘will be poorer under universal credit’

    9. Almost 2m people will lose £1,000 a year with universal credit – study

    10. Universal Credit set to leave 1.9million people worse off by £1,000 a year

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

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

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

    14. 30 hours of free childcare likely to boost parental employment only slightly

    15. 30 hours of free childcare likely to boost parental employment only slightly

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