Interesting findings on high levels of debt and vulnerability and lack of financial knowledge among the British adult population in the first Financial Lives Survey 2017 released by The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). It is compiled from consumer researcher on over 13,000 adults. According to the survey 69% of those aged over 75 displayed some […]
New for economic and economic historian researchers from the World Bank: a database of fiscal data which can be downloaded in Excel or Stat format. It is described in a working paper by Kose et al 2017 and examines government debt sustainability (or the ability to service a debt) in over 60 nations from 1990-2016. It […]
Free access to this archive of lectures, readings and discussions featuring the leading writers and Nobel prize winners in Economics, Science and Peace, social reformers, philosophers and political and artistic revolutionaries from the 1960s onwards. It includes video and audio content on the freedom of the press, censorship, literature and the State and feminism and […]
It is now possible to search issues of the US Congressional Record (which comprises the debates and proceedings of the United States Congress and the history of Bills and other legislation) from the 1940s (volume 87) onwards via the official gov.info website. This includes the Second World War, the Marshall plan and the Cold War. Also recently […]
If you have some spare cash to hide away try consulting this useful site created by the CORPNET group at the University of Amsterdam. The Offshore Financial Center (OFC) used as a basis for this recent article: J. Garcia-Bernardo, J. Fichtner, F.W. Takes and E.M. Heemskerk, Uncovering Offshore Financial Centers: Conduits and Sinks in the Global […]
This week the Trussell Trust published research that during school holidays more children receive and rely on food bank emergency supplies. They quote the statistics that 67,506 three day emergency food supplies were provided for children by The Trussell Trust’s foodbank network in July and August 2016 compared to 63,094 in May and June 2016. […]
New From Oxfam and Development Finance Index, a measure of how committed governments actually are to reducing inequality. The CRI covers 152 nations worldwide, measuring government action on social spending, tax and labour rights. The site provides free access to the full-text report and an interactive map of the measures.
IFS has provided an estimate that students from ‘low-income families graduating with the highest debt levels, in excess of £57,000.’ Also published this week from HEPI an interesting report on what new students expect from university. For more information on student loan statistics see this June 2017 briefing from the House of Commons Library Student […]
Free access to a great new portal from the Centre for Economic Policy Research, the International Growth Centre and the Private Enterprise Development in Low Income Countries programme which aims to publish and discuss key policy issues relating to all aspects of international development. It is hoping to include news, research and analysis from academics, policy […]
The Open Knowledge Foundation has just published its open Data index. It provides links to examples of good practice from governments worldwide and considers the problems with the state of open data.