Policy area: Economics

Reports

Debanked

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs examines the economic and social consequences of anti-money laundering regulation. Debanking became a news story in 2023 when Nigel Farage alleged that Coutts had closed his account because its executives disapproved of his political opinions. A study by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) revealed...

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Manufacturing matters: the cornerstone of a competitive green economy

This report from UK think tank IPPR makes the case for building green manufacturing in the UK. We make the case for building green manufacturing in the UK, and put forward a framework for how to make choices about which capabilities we most need. UK manufacturing has declined far more than other advanced economies in...

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A pre-election gloom

This report from UK think tank NIESR provides a quarterly economic forecast of the UK economy. Continued anaemic UK GDP trend growth, at about 1 per cent, together with inflation coming back to target, means that the winner of the next general election will have to raise taxes to maintain the existing provision of public...

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When to run the next spending review

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government recommends that the next government must hold an urgent spending review before a budget 'cliff edge'. With the UK facing levels of government spending uncertainty not seen in decades, this report warns that whoever wins the general election should launch a one-year spending round within...

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The Indo-Pacific in Indian foreign policy

This report from UK think tank RUSI examines the Indo-Pacific in Indian foreign policy. This Policy Brief examines India’s initial caution in embracing the role of the Indo-Pacific in India’s strategic outlook, the changing geopolitical circumstances that led New Delhi to adopt a more proactive approach, and how India’s Indo-Pacific strategy is impacting relationships with...

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Imperial measurement

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs offers a cost–benefit analysis of western colonialism. In recent years, we have seen a renewed interest in Britain’s imperialist past: the British Empire, the slave trade and the Caribbean slave labour plantations. More precisely, we have seen a revival of the idea that the...

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On the rocks

This report from UK think tank the Adam Smith Institute looks at London's nightlife crisis. London’s nightlife is a great national asset, which generates £46 billion for our economy, and helps to cement the city’s global reputation. Beyond a direct financial contribution, the U.K. night-time economy acts as a catalyst for secondary spending across transportation,...

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Up for grabs

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation presents evidence on public attitudes to the pension ‘pot-for-life’ proposal. The Social Market Foundation recently published proposals for ‘member choice’ over pensions, whereby individuals can direct their contributions to a scheme of their choice. Meanwhile, the government is consulting on related proposals for a ‘lifetime...

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Triple dividend

This report from UK think tank Pro Bono Economics looks at how workplace volunteering can make us happier, healthier and more productive. Employers are struggling to find solutions to boost both their employees’ wellbeing and their productivity, as the UK economy fights to pull itself out of the doldrums. Growth is sluggish at best, and...

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Labour economics

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation provides independent analysis of the party’s proposed approach – and the gaps it needs to fill. With the Labour Party having vowed to achieve the fastest growth in the G7, the Social Market Foundation has brought together leading economic experts to provide independent analysis of...

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Changing fashion

This report from UK think tank Green Alliance investigates how reuse is working in the UK for the fashion sector. The landscape of reuse is rapidly evolving, with a noticeable surge in interest from major corporations and a growing openness among the public to embrace second-hand goods, particularly amidst high cost of living. However, despite...

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Investing in trusted relationships

This report from UK think tank Pro Bono Economics looks at the economic value of 'Football Beyond Borders' impact on children's wellbeing. PBE research for Football Beyond Borders uses exciting new ways of measuring impact to evaluate the difference a trusted adult can make to the wellbeing of children at greatest risk of exclusion. Children’s...

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Home win

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs discusses a future scenario where Britain has solved its housing crisis. This paper is written in the style of a report from the future (the year 2035), or more precisely, from a possible future, in which Britain has successfully solved its housing crisis. Looking...

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The economic benefits of ADIE treatment for autistic people with anxiety

This report from UK think tank Pro Bono Economics explores economic benefits of ADIE treatment for autistic people with anxiety. A new treatment could be effective in helping autistic people recover from GAD. ‘Aligning Dimensions of Interoceptive Experience’ (ADIE) was recently trialled in a study funded by MQ Mental Health Research. The treatment takes a...

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A wealth of opportunities

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue offers a centre-right prospectus for spreading wealth. This book offers a fresh and radical centre-right vision to help people on modest incomes build up and pass on wealth. It includes essays from 21 leading decision makers and opinion formers from different professional, political and social backgrounds, offering...

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Related Events

28 May 2024

Location: Royal Bank of Scotland, 36 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2AD

Think tank: The David Hume Institute

Understanding Scotland Economy Tracker – May 2024 Insights

This event hosted by UK think tank the David Hulme Institute will present the latest findings which track economic confidence and buying intentions over time. Join us to hear the latest results from the Understanding Scotland Economy Tracker (USET) - a quarterly survey of over 2000 people in Scotland. Scott Edgar, Senior Research Manager at...

28 May 2024

Location: IEA 2 Lord North Street ( entrance on Great Peter Street) London SW1 3LB

Think tank: Institute for Government

Colonialism – the foundation of Western prosperity?

This event hosted by UK think tank the Institute for Economic Affairs discusses the role of empire in the Industrial Revolution. We are delighted to invite you to a panel discussion on the economics of empire. The question of how Britain and other western nations became rich is topic of significant debate both inside and...

3 June 2024

Location: Online

Think tank: The David Hume Institute

The economy in plain English with Robbie Mochrie

This event hosted by UK think tank the David Hulme Institute discusses 'How to Think Like an Economist - Great Economists Who Shaped the World and What They Can Teach Us'. Join journalist Clare English and David Hume Institute Director, Susan Murray in conversation with Dr Robbie Mochrie to discuss, How to Think Like an...

5 June 2024

Location: Online / Resolution Foundation, 2 Queen Anne's Gate , London SW1H 9AA

Think tank: Resolution Foundation

State crafting

This event hosted by UK think tank the Resolution Foundation will discuss the changes and challenges for managing the public finances. Tax and spend are at the heart of every general election – understandably as they represent the most significant choices made by most governments. The size and shape of the state has changed substantially...

5 June 2024

Location: Online

Think tank: RUSI

Securing supply chains for decarbonisation

This event hosted by UK think tank RUSI discusses the critical questions facing the UK as it seeks to navigate the volatile industrial landscape of energy transition. The UK must navigate a new and uncertain industrial geography to support the rapid development and scaling of the supply chains required for global decarbonisation. Decarbonisation requires a...

6 June 2024

Location: University of Strathclyde, The Technology and Innovation Centre, 99 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD

Think tank: Resolution Foundation

Ending stagnation

This event hosted by UK think tank the Resolution Foundation will discuss how to boost prosperity across Scotland. A toxic combination of 15 years of low growth, and four decades of high inequality, has left Britain poorer and falling behind its peers. Productivity growth is weak and public investment is low, while wages today are...

7 June 2024

Location: Online / Chatham House, 10 St James’s Square, London SW1Y 4LE

Think tank: Chatham House

Envisioning Africa’s economic prospects

This event hosted by UK think tank Chatham House outlines the continent’s priorities for structural and economic transformation. This year, Africa is poised to emerge as the second-fastest-growing economic region globally. The latest Macroeconomic Performance and Outlook report from the African Development Bank Group projects a GDP growth of 3.8 percent in 2024, with further...

7 June 2024

Location: St Saviourgate, York

Think tank: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Reimagining wealth to support a more equitable and just future

This event hosted by UK think tank the Joseph Rowntree Foundation will be supporting a day of discussions on the theme of reimaging wealth.  JRF works to speed up and support the transition to a more equitable and just future, free from poverty, in which people and planet can flourish. Reimagining ‘wealth’ is central to...

12 June 2024

Location: Online

Think tank: Centre for Cities

Climbing the summit: UK vs G7 cities

This event hosted by UK think tank Centre for Cities will discuss how the UK's cities perform compared to their counterparts in the G7. Labour’s mission to achieve the highest sustained growth in the G7 comes after over a decade of poor economic performance. Tackling the underperformance of Britain’s big cities will be essential if this...

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Ahead of the Spring Budget we asked a range of think tanks what would be the one thing they would focus on and include. Don't overcomplicate the cost of living response, just give people cash By Dr Aveek Bhattacharya (Social Market Foundation) In January, with inflation growing and the energy price cap set to rise,...

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How can the UK’s industrial strategy support the ‘levelling up’ agenda?

'Levelling up' has become one of the big agenda items for this government but how can it be helped by industrial strategy? Use the Spending Review and R&D Place Strategy to increase support for business innovation in lagging regions By James Blagden (Onward) In recent decades the UK’s regions have diverged so much that we...

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