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Season's Greetings from all of us at the
National Institute of Economic and Social Research

We'd like to share some of the highlights of 2019 with you, and wish you all the very best for 2020

The General Election

With funding from the
Nuffield Foundation, we were once again able produce valuable, balanced research in the lead up to the General Election on the 12th December. With 9 election briefings, 6 vodcasts and 5 podcasts, we were able to look at the issues facing the next government from migration, the economy and regional inequalities (and much more besides). 
National Institute Economic Review

Our February Review looked at Productivity and was introduced by our Director, Jagjit S Chadha - "
Productivity: Past, Present and Future"

In May, we turned our attention to immigration policy, looking at the "Challenges for Immigration Policy in Post-Brexit Britain" (introduction).

August's edition looked at economic measurement, from measuring welfare to emergent economic activities.

November saw our 250th edition of the Economic Review, looking at the landscape in the UK "Beyond Brexit: A Programme for UK Reform". Featuring a bumper crop of 13 articles, covering trade, foreign policy, infrastructure and much more, the
whole journal is free to view to mark our 250 milestone.

From 2020, the Review will be moving publisher from Sage to Cambridge Univerity Press. It would be extremely useful if you could take some time to complete this short survey on the Review to help shape its future.

We continued to cover the Brexit debate, producing a number of important
articles and blogs. You can view these on our dedicated Brexit pages here. These included our 250th edition of our Economic Review, with no less than 13 essays on "Beyond Brexit". See the Review section above.

ESRC Impact Acceleration Award

In recognition for its growing profile and its commitment to impact and engagement, NIESR was awarded an Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) from the Economic and Social Research Council in Spring of this year. As part of this, NIESR was delighted to host its first ever Festival of Social Sciences from 4th-9th November. With events ranging from the inaugural lectures of two brand new series to an open lecture on the emotional economics of football fans, it was an engaging and dynamic week. You can view highlights of the week here and take a look at the full programme here.
Some key outputs this year included:

Education & Labour

Changing Mindsets: Effectiveness trial” - The Changing Mindsets project aimed to improve attainment outcomes at the end of primary school by teaching Year 6 pupils that their brain potential was not a fixed entity but could grow and change through effort exerted.
Establishing the Employment Gap” - This report establishes for the first time an employment gap between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and their better-off peers: disadvantaged young people are twice as likely to not be in employment, education or training (NEET).

Employment & Social Policy

Understanding employers’ use of the National Minimum Wage youth rates” – a detailed review of the policies around training, education and support to work for young people, as well as research findings on how employers set pay for young workers (commissioned by the Low Pay Commission)
Promoting Ethnic and Religious Integration In Schools: A Review of Evidence” - Religious and ethnic segregation in schools is an issue of concern for educationalists and policy makers because it has implications for equality and for inclusion and social cohesion. This report was commissioned by the Department for Education to provide evidence on how segregation might be addressed by reviewing available evidence on approaches in place to promote religious and ethnic integration in education settings.


The Macroeconomic and Modelling Team introduced two new “Tracker” services this year, alongside their GDP Tracker. The Wage and CPI Trackers are released on the same day as ONS releases. Our UK and World quarterly forecasts are available on our website, as well as our new Business Conditions Forum which launched in May 2019.

Trade, Investment & Productivity

Below the Aggregate: A Sectoral Account of the UK Productivity Puzzle” – In this Discussion Paper, the authors analyse new industry-level data to re-examine the UK productivity puzzle.
Regional Economic Disparities and Development in the UK” – This policy paper explores the evolution of regional economic disparities in the UK from the 1960s until now. 

Our partners ESCoE had a busy year, including hosting their second conference on Economic Measurement. More details on ESCoE’s work here.
Rebuilding Macroeconomics
Rebuilding Macroeconomics also held their second annual conference, to discuss what interdisciplinary research can offer macroeconomics. More details on Rebuilding Macroeconomics work here.

Along with ESCoE and Rebuilding Macroecocomics we were also delighted to take part in this year's Royal Economic Society Annual Conference
New Occasional Paper

In October, after a
break of 15 years (!), we launched NIESR Occasional Paper no 58 "Renewing our Monetary Vows - Open Letters to the Governor of the Bank of England" (edited by Jagjit Chadha and Richard Barwell). The paper proposes a series of reforms that the Chancellor and the next Governor of the Bank should consider. You can download the paper here or buy a bound paper copy for £10 (+£1.50 p&p)
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