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Professor Tim Besley reappointed to National Infrastructure Commission

Professor Sir Tim Besley CBE has been reappointed to the National Infrastructure Commission by the Chancellor. Professor Besley is School Professor of Economics and Political Science and W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics at the LSE. He is Director of STICERD. He was a co-chair of the LSE Growth Commission, a member of the IFS's Mirrlees Review panel, and Chair of the Council of Management of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

Find out more from the National Infrastructure Commission website.

News Posted: 29 September 2020      [Back to the Top]

New CASE report on the city of Walbrzych

Opportunities and good practice which can drive social and economic regeneration in a small post industrial city are explored in this recent report from CASE. Funded by the European Investment Bank as one of their "Advisory Hub" commissioned projects, it explores the problems of the Polish city of Walbrzych, in Lower Silesia. Walbrzych is a "Green City" nestling in the Sudety Mountains, with a historic centre and major tourist site of the Ksiaz Castle. But it also has extensive and degraded ex mining housing, derelict land, and residual mining sites, and in 2009 was alleged to be "the most revolting town in Poland". Falling population and concentrated neighbourhood poverty, as well as high historic city debt are amongst the continuing challenges, even with a dynamic and green focused city President and administration.

The LSE team - including two Polish regeneration experts - conducted extensive interviewing and document review to identify the main problems and issues. The EIB brief was to identify good practice which could be helpful to Walbrzych in moving forward, and this culminated in four workshops involving nine cities and three European experts meeting City senior officials - but due to COVID this was all done by means of Zoom meetings.

Extensive documentation including the report, five case studies of similar cities, the background presentations and documentation to the workshop meetings, and recordings of the workshops can be found on the Walbrzych city website.

News Posted: 24 September 2020      [Back to the Top]

Abigail McKnight appointed new Director of CASE from September 2020

After four years, Tania Burchardt stood down as CASE Director at the beginning of September 2020. We are very grateful to Tania for her contribution and are delighted that she is staying with CASE and joining Kitty Stewart and Polly Vizard as an associate director. She also remains Deputy Director of STICERD and an Associate Professor in Social Policy at LSE.
CASE's new Director Abigail McKnight is a research economist focusing mainly on quantitative research and policy analysis. She joined CASE in 1999 and enjoys working in an interdisciplinary environment. Her research interests include social mobility, household wealth and debt, minimum wages, the relationship between inequality and poverty, evaluating employment policy, applying the capability approach to measuring and understanding multidimensional inequality and designing policy toolkits. She led the development of the Multidimensional Inequality Framework which provides a systematic, theoretically-grounded approach to measuring and addressing inequality in high, middle and low income countries.
Her research has been published in the Economic Journal, the Review of Income and Wealth, the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Socio-Economic Review and Oxford Economic Papers.
She has recently held research grants from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Nuffield Foundation, the European Commission, the Social Mobility Commission and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. She organises CASE Welfare Policy and Analysis Seminars (supported by the Department of Work and Pensions), is an associate of the LSE's International Inequalities Institute and an Editorial Board member of Social Inclusion.

News Posted: 14 September 2020      [Back to the Top]

Dr Abigail McKnight on early asset holding

An article by the Guardian on the child trust fund (CTF) quotes research from Dr Abigail McKnight.

According to her research 'Early asset holding does have positive effects on later wages, employment prospects, excellent general health and in reducing malaise.' Read the full article here.

The research paper titled 'Estimates of the asset-effect: the search for a causal effect of assets on adult health and employment outcomes' is available here.

News Posted: 03 September 2020      [Back to the Top]