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Social Policies and Distributional Outcomes Research Paper
The Conservative Governments’ Record on Social Security: Policies, Spending and Outcomes, May 2015 to pre-COVID 2020
Kerris Cooper and John Hills
This paper uses the Social Policies and Distributional Outcomes framework to evaluate how social security policies evolved, how public spending changed, the effects of these on the generosity of the system, and evidence ...Read more...
23 February 2021
Social Policy in a Cold Climate: policies and their consequences since the crisis
Edited by Ruth Lupton, Tania Burchardt, John Hills, Kitty Stewart and Polly Vizard
A new book published by Policy Press offers a data-rich, evidence-based analysis of the impact government policies from 2007/08 to 2015 have had on inequality and on the delivery of services such as health, education...Read more...
20 April 2016
How best to measure pension adequacy
Aaron George Grech
Though the main benchmark used to assess pension reforms continues to be the expected resulting fall in future government spending, the impact of policy changes on pension adequacy is increasingly coming to the fore. As ...Read more...
1 April 2013
Evaluating the possible impact of pension reforms on future living standards in Europe
Aaron George Grech
Successive reforms enacted since the 1990s have dramatically changed Europe’s pensions landscape. This paper tries to assess the impact of recent reforms on the ability of systems to alleviate poverty and maintain living...Read more...
1 May 2012
Assessing the sustainability of pension reforms in Europe
Aaron George Grech
Spurred by the ageing transition, many governments have made wide-ranging reforms, dramatically changing Europe's pensions landscape. Nevertheless there remain concerns about future costs, while unease about adequacy is ...Read more...
Women’s family histories and incomes in later life in the UK, US and West Germany
Maria Evandrou, Jane Falkingham and Tom Sefton
Using data from several large scale longitudinal surveys, this paper investigates the relationship between older women’s families histories and their personal incomes in later life in the UK, US and West Germany, By comp...Read more...
The relationship between women’s work histories and incomes in later life in the UK, US and West Germany
Tom Sefton, Jane Falkingham and Maria Evandrou
Using data from several large scale longitudinal surveys, this paper investigates the relationship between older women’s personal incomes and their work histories in the UK, US and West Germany. By comparing three countr...Read more...
Family ties: Women’s work and family histories and their association with incomes in later life in the UK
Tom Sefton, Maria Evandrou and Jane Falkingham
This paper examines the relationship between the family and work histories of older women in the UK and their individual incomes in later life, using retrospective data from the first fifteen waves of the British Househo...Read more...
Pension Policy in EU25 and its Possible Impact on Elderly Poverty
Asghar Zaidi, Aaron George Grech and Michael Fuchs
This paper reviews changes in pension policies in EU countries between 1995 and 2005 and describes how they might affect risk of poverty for future pensioner populations. The pension landscape in Europe has changed consi...Read more...
From Beveridge to Turner: Demography, Distribution and the Future of Pensions in the UK
This article outlines the recommendations of the UK Pensions Commission, and the data and analysis on which they were based, including projections of demographic change, trends in private pension saving, and evolution of...Read more...
Income Mobility in Old Age in Britain and Germany
Asghar Zaidi, Joachim R. Frick and Felix Büchel
The increases in human longevity in recent decades and the trends for early retirement have posed new challenges for policy makers, and require a holistic understanding of the processes that influence the economic resour...Read more...
Inclusion or Insurance? National Insurance and the future of the contributory principle
This paper examines the decline of National Insurance in Britain, as witnessed by its declining share of all social security spending and the steady dilution of the ¿contributory principle¿ on which it was originally bas...Read more...
Income Transfers to the Elderly in East Asia: Testing Asian Values
This article examines the role of family and the state in relation to the living standards of the elderly in East Asia. It tries to test whether familial arrangement according to Confucian ethics, which are still taken s...Read more...
Partnership in Pensions? Responses to the Pensions Green Paper
Phil Agulnik, Nicholas Barr, Jane Falkingham and Katherine Rake
The government's pensions Green Paper 'a new contract for welfare: partnership in pensions' proposes fundamental changes to the UK's retirement income system. Members of CASE and the Department of Social Policy at LSE ha...Read more...
Tightropes and Tripwires: New Labour's Proposals and Means-testing in Old Age
Katherine Rake, Jane Falkingham and Martin Evans
This paper analyses the Government's proposals contained in A New Contract for Welfare: Partnership in Pensions. It examines the position of low paid workers and the potential of the proposals to protect individuals from...Read more...
Tax Relief and Partnership Pensions (A version of this paper has now been published in the journal Fiscal Studies, vol.19 No.4 ,1998)
Julian Le Grand and Phil Agulnik
Government support of private (occupational and personal) pensions through the system of tax reliefs is large: between one quarter and one third of that of direct support of state pensions through public expenditure. How...Read more...