The Labour Market in Winter: The State of Working Britain: 2010

ISBN : 9780199587377

Paul A. Gregg; Jonathan Wadsworth
336 Pages
170 x 240 mm
Pub date
Jan 2011
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This collection of essays, from leading economic experts on the UK labour market, provides an overview of the key issues concerning the performance of the labour market, and the policy issues surrounding it, with a focus on the recent recession and its aftermath. The book contains assessments of the effects of many policies introduced over the last 10 years in employment, education, and welfare. The result is the first serious comprehensive analysis of the economic downturn and the Labour government's record in the field of employment, spanning its time in office. An indispensable reference source on contemporary labour market developments in the UK, this book will be required reading, and of lasting use, to academics, students, practitioners, and policy makers.


1. The Labour Market in Winter - the 2008-2009 Recession
2. Unemployment and Inactivity
3. The Labour Market for Young People
4. The Baby-Boomers at 50: Employment Prospects for Older Workers
5. Workless Households
6. Immigration in the UK
7. Job Tenure and Job Turnover
8. Job Quality in Britain under the Labour Government
9. Worker Well-Being in Booms and Busts
10. Family Friendly Policies
11. Changes in UK Wage Inequality over the Last Forty Years
12. Gender and the Labour Market
13. Recent Developments in Intergenerational Mobility
14. Have Reforms to the School System Improved Educational Outcomes?
15. Ethnicity and Second Generation Immigrants
16. Child Poverty in Britain. Did Work Work?
17. Trade Unions
18. Public and Private Sector Labour Markets
19. The Regional Labour Market in the UK

About the author: 

Paul Gregg recently completed a review of Personalised Support and Conditionality in the Welfare System for the UK Dept. of Work and Pensions. He is also a member of the London Child Poverty Commission and a programme director at the Centre for Market and Public Organisation. He was formerly a member of the Council of Economic Advisors at HM Treasury 1997-2006, where he worked on welfare reform and child poverty. His research has covered youth unemployment, workless households, child poverty, intergenerational mobility, and the drivers of social disadvantage. ; Jonathan Wadsworth is a senior research fellow at the LSE's Centre for Economic Performance, deputy director of the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CREAM), and a research associate at IZA Bonn.

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