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Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the 21st Century, is attracting considerable attention, on both sides of the Atlantic. It has a striking central thesis, namely that historically the rate of return on assets has been consistently higher than the rate … Continue reading

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Imagine that, instead of a letter from an admissions tutor offering you at a place at university on condition that you achieved certain grades at A-level, you got this in the post: ‘[This university] … offers you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity … Continue reading

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My colleague Clare McNeil wrote a piece last week setting out the case for ending all-male panels. It’s clear and compelling; if you haven’t already read it, please do.

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Is it possible to be family-friendly but unfriendly to women? Tomorrow, Nick Clegg will announce that the right to request flexible working will be extended to all employees, as signalled in the Queen’s speech earlier this year. This is good … Continue reading

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At IPPR we’re proud to be an accredited living wage employer. Back in 2005, one of our members of staff got involved with the London Citizens campaign for a living wage and lobbied for IPPR to sign up, which we … Continue reading

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Last year I was approached by a Radio 4 producer to contribute some thoughts to a piece he was putting together on the rise of zombie motifs in contemporary popular culture. Could deeper socioeconomic trends explain this phenomenon, he asked?

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For many years, admiration for the Swedish economic and social model was a preserve of the British left. That started to change in 2006, when the centre-right Moderate party took power in Sweden under the youthful and dynamic leadership of … Continue reading

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In his speech to the Conservative party conference, chancellor George Osborne has said that it is fanciful to believe that the ‘wallets of the rich’ can bear the burden of fiscal consolidation alone. But he has also said that the … Continue reading

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Some interesting new research [PDF] has been published by the US Congressional Research Service on the impact of changes to the top rate of tax and economic growth.

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In the US, the bursting of the property bubble forced millions of homeowners into arrears, negative equity and foreclosure, dragging down consumer confidence and spending power in the process. The Obama administration responded with measures to help over a million … Continue reading

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