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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

IPPR Centre for Economic Justice

The Centre’s research agenda covers a broad range of policy areas, both deepening the work of the Commission on Economic Justice and broadening it to new topics. In 2019, we have carried out research on proposals to tax income from work like income from wealth; the challenges facing the UK economy; the path to a higher-tax and higher-spend welfare state; automation and gender equality; a just transition to a cashless society; the data commons and a house price inflation target for the UK.

Better than cure: Injury prevention policy

Injuries are the leading cause of preventable death in children and young people. As such, they present a significant cost to individuals, society, and the economy. Although the UK has been a world leader in injury prevention policy, austerity and a lack of strategy have hampered further improvement.

13/08/2020
Publication Report Jobs & skills Business Centre for Economic Justice IPPR

Creating a digital commons

These days, virtually every action we take produces some form of digital trail. This report sets out what public policy for the data economy should look like, as part of building a fairer, more sustainable economy for the future.

06/08/2020
Publication Report Economy Centre for Economic Justice IPPR

The Covid shift: Working time in manufacturing, engineering, shipbuilding and aerospace

This paper sets out both how working time is organised, and the number of hours we work has changed during the pandemic. We examine the risks and opportunities presented by the coronavirus outbreak for a progressive vision of working time in the UK.

27/07/2020
Publication Report Economy Business Centre for Economic Justice Coronavirus response IPPR

How should competition policy react to coronavirus?

In addition to causing loss of life on a tragic scale, coronavirus, and the lockdown policies to suppress and reverse its spread, are causing great short-term economic disruption. They will also have...

21/07/2020
Publication Briefing Economy Business Centre for Economic Justice Coronavirus response IPPR

Estimating poverty impacts of the coronavirus pandemic

Unemployment is expected to rise across the UK later this year in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many households will experience significant falls in their income - and that will mean more people...

18/06/2020
Publication Briefing Economy Public services Families Centre for Economic Justice Coronavirus response IPPR

Inside the black box: the public finances after coronavirus

In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, public finances are the focus of intense public attention. The OBR, as well as a leaked Treasury document, suggest that public borrowing in 2020-21 could rise to...

19/05/2020
Publication Briefing Economy Centre for Economic Justice Coronavirus response IPPR

Who wins and who pays? Rentier power and the Covid crisis

The massive expansion of state intervention in response to the Covid-19 pandemic – in particular, to underwrite wages for workers and loans for small and medium-sized businesses – may at first sight...

13/05/2020
Publication Report Economy Commission on Economic Justice IPPR

Beyond bailouts

The survival of large parts of our capital base will now depend on significant government support. This short paper outlines how this can be delivered.

26/03/2020
Publication Briefing Economy IPPR Centre for Economic Justice Coronavirus response