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NEET hotspots – national improvement masks real issues for many places 22/05/14

NEET hotspots – national improvement masks real issues for many places

The number of young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) has now fallen below a million. Geraint Johnes describes the broader regional patterns.

Economia: ‘EU non-financial reporting rules’ 14/05/14

Economia: ‘EU non-financial reporting rules’

Dr Swarnodeep Homroy is quoted in an Economia feature on new EU non-financial reporting rules, and the additional information that companies will be required to disclose.

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The Guardian: Improving UK productivity still below pre-recession level 01/04/14

The Guardian: Improving UK productivity still below pre-recession level

Professor Geraint Johnes, who is also Director of the Work Foundation, is quoted in The Guardian, discussing today’s announcement from the UK’s Office for National Statistics showing a 0.3% productivity rise. 

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SecEd: The links between personality traits and risky behaviours 06/03/14

SecEd: The links between personality traits and risky behaviours

A new study has looked at the links between teenagers’ personality traits and risky behaviours like drink and drugs. Professor Ian Walker looks at the implications of what they discovered.

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FT: ‘Economists back development of UK shale gas industry’ 25/02/14

FT: ‘Economists back development of UK shale gas industry’

Professor Bob Rothschild is quoted in a Financial Times article about the economic benefits of fracking for shale gas in Northwest England.

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China Daily Europe: 'Call for a more creative country' 24/02/14

China Daily Europe: 'Call for a more creative country'

China urgently needs to improve the level and efficiency of its innovation and should consider unconventional methods of integration, argues Dr Fu Xiaolan. Dr Fu, who completed her PhD in Economics at Lancaster and before that her Masters, is now Director of the Technology and Management for Development Centre at Oxford University.  

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FT: 'Sterilisation is a cosmetic exercise' 10/02/14

FT: 'Sterilisation is a cosmetic exercise'

The Financial Times has published a letter by LUMS economist Dr John Whittaker, in which he argues that the European Central Bank's so-called 'sterilisation' is a cosmetic exercise, and removing it would not change much.

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