Latest Publications

We publish research reports and briefing papers under the following five main categories. Click a category below or use the search box to find what you are looking for.

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Elusive quality: how should we evaluate higher education?

This briefing paper provides an overview of the current system of quality assessment in higher education, exploring how well it functions and the main criticisms levied at it. The report also identifies four tasks for the Government should it want to design a better system of quality assessment.
Published: 19 November 2020
Author: Aveek Bhattacharya
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London coronavirus economy tracker – November 2020

Key findings: The latest claimant count data show unemployment continuing to rise in London. Between August and October, the claimant count increased by 1.2% in the capital, compared with a...
Published: 18 November 2020
Author(s): Amy Norman, Scott Corfe
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Job switching and wage growth for low-income workers

This paper is draws upon a Social Market Foundation roundtable held in early-March 2020. Whilst the economic context has changed considerably, long-run issues surrounding wage growth - and disparities between job switchers and stayers - are likely to remain unchanged.
Published: 12 November 2020
Author(s): James Kirkup, Kathryn Petrie
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(Adult) education, education, education

This report explores the role that adult education does and could play in improving the labour market outcomes of low-income households. It draws on desk research, quantitative analysis and in-depth interviews with both participants and non-participants in adult education from low-income households, and provides a series of policy considerations
Published: 12 November 2020
Author(s): Aveek Bhattacharya, Scott Corfe, Amy Norman
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Boiler alert: addressing the challenges and trade-offs from the decarbonisation of home heat

Informed by a recent expert roundtable and polling evidence commissioned for the SMF, the report highlights a lack of public understanding of Net Zero and the need to transition homes away from natural gas boilers.
Published: 02 November 2020
Author(s): Richard Hyde, Amy Norman
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Time for savings auto-enrolment?

This paper argues that policymakers should introduce a savings auto-enrolment scheme to help bolster financial resilience amongst low-paid workers.
Published: 18 October 2020
Author: Scott Corfe
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Funding fibre

The Government has committed to ensuring nationwide gigabit broadband coverage by 2025. This report finds that without significant policy reform, the Government is unlikely to meet its target of full fibre to the premises (FTTP) rollout within the next five years.
Published: 07 October 2020
Author(s): Scott Corfe, Richard Hyde, Kathryn Petrie
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Pathway to COP26: the role of green finance

This essay series, collected in partnership with the Chartered Banker Institute, explores the role of green finance in the lead up to COP26 and the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Published: 06 October 2020
Author: Social Market Foundation
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A market for residential care services

This report, which draws on discussions from a roundtable held on the eve of the coronavirus outbreak, analyses the performance of the residential care market in England.
Published: 22 September 2020
Author(s): Kathryn Petrie, James Kirkup
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