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Web links for 26th March 2014

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Fair Pay Fortnight Two weeks of union-backed events around the country and online, making the case for fairer pay as the best way to tackle the cost of living increase. Jobs, opportunity and fairness – Derbyshire is showing the way on pay The TUC’s Midlands Secretary Rob Johnston writes for Left Foot Forward about Derby…

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Web links for 5th May 2013

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Tim Harford — Article — Boycotts will not help Bangladesh’s poor The FT’s Undercover Economist rightly argues that, while boycotting Bangladesh would not work, what would is free trade unions. “Ultimately, whatever western consumers demand, what determines whether rules about working conditions are upheld is that workers on the factory floor have a voice and…

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Web links for 3rd May 2013

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A nudge is as good as a regulation? Think again A double bill of posts from our sister blog Stronger Unions today. First, Hugh Robertson looks at the proposed privatisation of the Cabinet Office “nudge unit”, and how a dogmatic preference for nudge over regulation is damaging the effectiveness of policy – especially in the…

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Web links for 25th October 2012

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Heterogeneity at the IMF — Social Europe Journal For those confused about the mixed messages coming out of the IMF (against austerity in theory, arguing for Greece's austerity package to be relaxed, but still backing austerity in particular countries), Professor Wren-Lewis provides a plausible explanation

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Web links for 21st September 2012

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Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week The London School of Economics' blog has made our post on stagnating middle class incomes one of their top 5 posts of the week. The other posts are well worth a look too – especially Sunny Hundal's comparison of Mitt Romney's "47 per cent" gaffe and…

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Web links for 24th July 2012

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Access to Work statistics Latest official stats for the Access to Work scheme that helps with the costs of adjustments to enable a disabled person to take-up or stay in a job. These show that the number of new ‘customers’ has fallen from 16,540 in 2009/10 to 9,930 in 2011/12.

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Web links for 6th July 2012

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The UK Jobs Miracle? Paul Gregg’s presentation from a Bank of England seminar in May shows that before the crash UK had good GDP and productivity performance. Employment rose sharply in the late 1990s, reaching 74% “and then stuck”.

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Web links for 5th July 2012

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Disentangling income inequality and the redistributive effect of social transfers and taxes in 36 LIS countries Chen Wang and Koen Caminada used Luxembourg Income Study data to analyse income inequality and redistribution in 36 countries. "On average, transfers reduce income inequality by over 85 percent, while taxes account for only 15 percent of total redistribution.…

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