UK Election 2019: What the Parties say on Parental Leave and Childcare

Professor Emma Tominey investigates the election promises currently being made on family policies. Both Labour and the Liberal Democrat parties have put forward policies to help new parents. They go further than the current Conservative system, but would leave the UK lagging behind many of its international peers when it comes to supporting new parents. …

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Mind the gap – pay and job rank amongst academic economists

Professor Karen Mumford discusses her latest research on the gender pay gap. My latest research – in a joint paper with Cristina Sechel, published in the British Journal of Industrial Relations – reveals that the pay gap between male and female economists at UK universities has not fallen for 20 years. The number of female …

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Could there be a link between Emergency Caesareans and Postnatal Depression?

Dr Valentina Tonei discusses her research into the increased risk of postnatal depression in new mothers who undergo emergency caesareans. Becoming a mother, especially for the first time, has its challenges – and it starts with giving birth. From woman to woman, the birth experience can vary tremendously – and one of the most important …

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How Labour Market Rigidities increase our understanding of Business Cycle Fluctuations

João Madeira discusses his research in this area. Economics undergraduate students worldwide are taught business cycle fluctuations using the IS-LM model, the AD-AS model, and the Phillips curve. The key message from these models is that monetary and fiscal policy can be effective in stimulating aggregate economic output in the short to medium run (before …

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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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