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Book Launch
Twenty-five years on twenty estates: Turning the Tide?

The Policy Press has just published a new report in association with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation: Twenty-five years on twenty estates, by Rebecca Tunstall and Alice Coulter.

The report covers developments in 20 less popular and more problematic English council estates, based on four waves of research since 1980. It presents unique evidence of the impact of 25 years of social change and policy from Thatcher to Blair, a period in which the number of British council homes has halved, and social inequality and the standard of public services have become key political issues.

Read more at the Policy Press or download a FREE pdf version from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Policy Press titles can also be ordered from:

Marston Book Services
PO Box 269
OX14 4YN
Tel: +44 (0)1235 465500
News Posted: 06 December 2006      [Back to the Top]

STICERD and DESTIN Public Lecture
David Nussbaum: Money versus Morality: Is Corruption Just a Matter of Mis-aligned Incentives?

On 18 October 2006, David Nussbaum, chief executive of Transparency International, gave a lecture entitled Money versus Morality: is corruption just a matter of mis-aligned incentives?

Corruption costs upwards of one trillion dollars a year. The British government announced in June a special police squad to tackle corruption, and the World Bank publicly lists 193 named firms and individuals that have been blacklisted for corrupt acts. But how adequate are such technical measures in tackling complex human behaviour such as corruption?

Download the Transcript in Adobe PDF pdf
News Posted: 18 October 2006      [Back to the Top]

LSE News
Pensions Research

Professors Nicholas Barr and John Hills have both contributed articles to the Spring 2006 issue (Volume 22, Issue 1) of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy which focuses on pension research.

Professor Barr, of the LSE Economics Department, has written an overview of the issues and has jointly contributed an article, with Peter Diamond, on the economics of pensions.

Professor Hills, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, and a member of the Pensions Commission chaired by Lord Turner, has written on 'A New Pension Settlement for the Twenty-First Century? The UK Pensions Commission's Analysis and Proposals'.

The issue was edited by Christopher Allsop and Nicholas Barr.

To read the articles or abstracts online, see the Oxford Review of Economic Policy.


Professor Nicholas Barr on 020 7955 7482 or email

Professor John Hills on 020 7955 7419 or email

This article appeared on LSE News on 08 May 2006
Link to article.
News Posted: 08 May 2006      [Back to the Top]

Michio Morishima Lecture
Professor Amartya Sen: Economics as a Discipline

On 26 January 2006, Professor Amartya Sen gave the inaugural Michio Morishima Lecture entitled Economics as a Discipline.

In a lecture interlaced with entertaining recollections relating to economists past and present, Professor Sen argued that economics only realised its full potential as a subject when it embraced normative questions as well as merely technical ones. The ensuing discussion was lively and wide-ranging, including issues of moral relativism and multi-culturalism, and touching on the subject of his recent book, 'Identity and Violence'.

The event was so over-subscribed that it was not only necessary to put in a video link through from the Old Theatre to the New Theatre, but the video was replayed to full theatres on three following occasions.

Amartya Sen is Lamont University Professor and professor of economics at Harvard University. He was previously professor of economics at LSE and remains a senior research associate of STICERD. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998.
News Posted: 26 January 2006      [Back to the Top]

EOPP: Research Grant Awarded
Robin Burgess and Dave Donaldson

STICERD, LSE Faculty Research Grant: "Railways, Famines and Banks: Evidence from Indian Districts, 1871-2001"

Grant awarded from 2006 to 2008
News Posted: 01 January 2006      [Back to the Top]