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Getting back on track

There are numerous policy challenges on the road to a net-zero economy. Investing in green technology could well hold the key to a sustainable future. But continuing to miss agreed targets for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions risks driving up costs.

Talking Economics

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Science, technology & innovation

What are the social responsibilities of the dominant digital platforms?

Most digital platforms have emerged as big winners from the pandemic. Yet they are under regulatory pressure on both sides of the Atlantic. A fundamental question is whether and how these businesses should be held accountable for what happens on their websites.

Energy & climate change

Is the UK on track to meet its climate commitments?

The UK government has set ambitious emissions reduction targets to help tackle climate change. But it is currently falling short, and more funding and policy interventions will be needed to reach the ultimate objective of net zero.

Business, big & small

What may happen to firm-level productivity in the UK after Covid-19?

Many businesses have responded to the pandemic by adopting new technologies and working practices. These may lead to productivity improvements. But other factors are important too, including the impact that damage to supply chains could have on the most productive ‘frontier firms’.

Data Hub

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

Lessons from history

What are the long-term economic effects of pollution?

The eastern parts of cities like London, Paris and New York are more deprived than neighbourhoods to the west. These higher levels of poverty today can be linked back to pollution levels during the time of industrialisation.0101

Lessons from history

What were the economic consequences of Irish independence?

Following partition of the island of Ireland in 1921, the two successor states had to forge separate paths, both politically and economically. The experience of the early years of the Irish Free State offers lessons for today’s debates about independence from the UK.


Carelessness costs

The best way to fund and deliver quality adult social care has long been debated by policy-makers and economists in the UK. The proposed Health and Social Care Levy, together with the health crisis caused by Covid-19, has brought the conversation back to the fore.

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