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SR2020 lacked a punch on skills provision and jobs creation

The Chancellor was right to declare an “economic emergency” at the House of Commons dispatch box yesterday. If he believes this is an emergency driven by an escalating employment crisis, it is one which can be remedied through Government-created jobs and much more ambitious skills provision.

Published: 26 November 2020
Author: Linus Pardoe
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Ask the Expert – The COVID-19 gender gap

In the latest instalment of the SMF’s Ask the Expert series, we were joined by Oxford University’s Professor Barbara Petrongolo who gave an insight into new data on gender and the labour market during the Coronavirus crisis drawn from Understanding Society’s COVID-19 supplement.

Published: 19 November 2020
Author: Rhiannon Sewell
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Boris Johnson’s Net Zero announcement hides some difficult truths

Vote blue for green jobs in the red wall. That’s the message we’re supposed to take from Boris Johnson’s ten-point plan for Net Zero today.

Published: 18 November 2020
Author: James Kirkup
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A new Battlefront? UK video games industry at a crossroads

The UK video games industry directly contributes £1.3bn to the UK economy (as measured by gross value added, “GVA”). Years of industry growth – often unrecognised in SW1 - has been catalysed by life in lockdown. But success has brought scrutiny and with it, questions of how this growing sector should be regulated.

Published: 29 October 2020
Author: Linus Pardoe
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Building a Net Zero economy that is fair for all

By Kate Forbes MSP MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, and Cabinet Secretary for Finance.

Published: 06 October 2020
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The importance of shifting norms in supporting climate action

By Professor Linda Yueh, Fellow in Economics, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford; Adjunct Professor of Economics, London Business School; Visiting Professor, LSE Ideas

Published: 06 October 2020
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