Questions and answers about
the UK economy.

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How has the UK’s pandemic labour market compared with other G7 countries?

Across the G7, different policy approaches to Covid-19 have led to varying outcomes for national labour markets. Analysis of data two years on from the start of the pandemic reveals the effects of each country’s fiscal approach.

Talking Economics

Our first annual conference took place in Bristol on 17-19 November 2021. Click here to see the full programme and listen back to the talks.

Nations, regions & cities

What would it take to level up the UK?

The government’s levelling up agenda seeks to reduce disparities across the UK. Policies to boost economic performance will need to attract workers and firms away from London and the South East and improve opportunities in ‘left-behind’ places – but success depends on significant investment.

News

Summer of discontent

UK inflation has reached a level not seen in four decades. Rail workers are striking; and teachers and NHS staff will soon be asking for pay increases that keep up with rising prices. With no signs of easing in the UK’s cost of living crisis, the economic outlook is bleak.

Data stories

Cost of living crisis: what do the latest UK inflation data reveal?

Inflation has reached its highest level in 40 years. Rising prices of food, petrol and household utilities have all contributed. Families on lower incomes are most affected – and as prices continue to go up ahead of wages, the cost of living crisis is set to worsen.

Data Hub

Live and interactive charts and visualisations, making sense of the latest numbers

Prices & interest rates

How is the war in Ukraine affecting global food prices?

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is raising food prices across the world. Developing and emerging economies are being hit hardest due to their reliance on the region for fuel and grain imports. Price hikes in these countries could spur further political turbulence and even violence.

Lessons from history

Inflation past and present: how have we measured the rising cost of living?

Concerns about the cost of living and the need to measure it stretch back to ancient times. Two centuries of research on constructing price indices suggest that measuring the rate of inflation facing different households, sectors and regions is far from straightforward.

Nations, regions & cities

Scottish independence: what are the big economic questions?

Scotland may soon have a second referendum on whether to remain part of the UK. Economic issues will be a key part of the debate – from the fiscal policy institutions needed for an independent country to choice of currency and the future relationship with the European Union.

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