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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

IPPR Commission on Economic Justice


The Commission’s work is broken down into seven themes. 

A new national economic policy for the UK

  • What are the key challenges facing the economy over the next 15 years - both the legacies of the past and the trends of the future?
  • How can Brexit best be shaped to achieve sustainable growth and a more broadly shared prosperity?
  • What should be our vision of a just and prosperous economy in 2030?
  • What indicators and goals should be used to define economic success?

Industrial strategy – investing in great British businesses

  • What and who are firms for? Does corporate governance need to be reformed?
  • What form of government industrial strategy will best support businesses to increase investment, raise productivity and build supply chains?
  • Do capital markets need to be longer-term? What role is there for the state in providing “patient capital”?
  • How can infrastructure investment be increased and improved?

The fourth industrial revolution

  • What impact will automation and machine intelligence have on employment? How can these processes best be shaped?
  • How can government best support science and innovation?
  • How can the UK best generate growth and employment out of decarbonisation?
  • How should government respond to new ‘winner takes all’ technology platforms and market structures? What impact will new technologies have on the public sector?

Work, income and labour markets

  • What roles do the national living wage, investment in productivity, stronger labour organisation, the tax and benefit system and other measures have in raising low incomes?
  • Can flexible labour markets, such as ‘zero hours contracts’ and contracted self-employment, be better regulated?
  • How can people best be enabled to combine paid work, childcare, caring for other dependants and continuing education over their lifetimes?
  • How can continuing gender, class and ethnic minority pay gaps be closed, and opportunities for career progression and good work increased?

Wealth and ownership

  • Are developments in technologies and business models leading to a greater concentration of wealth?
  • What roles can capital ownership, taxation housing and land policy play in creating a fairer distribution of wealth?
  • Can new models be developed which give employees and citizens an ownership or capital stake in successful businesses?
  • How can the social and community-based economy best be developed?

Restoring economic power to the UK’s nations and regions

  • What institutions and powers should support and drive economic development at subnational level?
  • What fiscal powers should be devolved, and to whom?
  • Is there potential in regional approaches to immigration policy?
  • Are reforms needed to the education and skills systems to contribute to more sustainable and broadly-shared growth?

A new macroeconomic, fiscal and financial framework

  • How can fiscal policy best support sustainable growth and broadly shared prosperity? What is the appropriate share of taxation as a proportion of national income?
  • How can the tax system be made more progressive, and more supportive of wealth creation?
  • Do we need a new monetary policy framework?
  • Are the post-crisis reforms to financial regulation sufficient?

The Commission is conducting its research using a variety of methods.

We issue calls for evidence on each research topic, inviting those with expertise and experience in the field to submit their work.

We are seeking to engage widely with governments at national, subnational and local level, and with public bodies, businesses, trade unions, professional associations, academics and civil society organisations.

We aim to conduct participative research with communities throughout the country to understand how the economy is experienced in daily life.​

The Commission’s final report will be published in the autumn of 2018. But throughout its two years, the Commission is publishing working papers with initial analysis and ideas, and will seek responses.  

We will organise meetings and events around the country to hear views and to promote discussion. And we are using a variety of media and communications channels to disseminate our ideas and to encourage active public debate.