Economic History – The Big Picture

Thilo Huning discusses the ways in which a deeper understanding of global history can make us better economists.  Every day we are confronted with new questions that require an in-depth understanding of international trade–debates on tariffs, 'renegotiating' NAFTA, talks of 'no deal' with the EU, and attacks on the WTO. But where did these institutions come …

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Universal childcare: the potential to level the playing field between the rich and poor

Thomas Cornelissen (York), on his research with Christian Dustmann (UCL), Anna Raute (Queen Mary, UoL) and Uta Schönberg (UCL). Many countries operate universal childcare programmes that are open to all pre-school age children. This blog post, reproduced from a voxeu article, analyses data from Germany to show that attending universal childcare at age 3 improves …

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A family affair: how close relatives can push new mums to work longer

Emma Tominey (York), on her research with Cheti Nicoletti (York) and Kjell Salvanes (NHH). How much should new mothers work? It turns out the example set within families and friendship groups has a major role in deciding the hours women will consider after returning from maternity leave. Policy makers should take note. We are all …

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