SPERI coverage in the media

Aljazeera America
3 May 2015
UK austerity debate: Labour and Tories square off over planned cuts
“David Cameron aims to achieve a budget surplus by 2018/19 through 10 billion pounds ($15 billion) of cuts to the welfare bill and 30 billion pounds ($45 billion) of cuts to other departmental budgets,” Scott Lavery, an economist at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, explained. “This means that the benefits system – already under huge pressure from five years of Tory austerity — would continue to be squeezed, while the cash-starved public sector would also come under additional pressure.

By contrast, Labour plans a slower pace of deficit reduction, with greater emphasis on tax rises as opposed to spending cuts. [Labour leader] Ed Miliband wants to impose a higher rate of income tax on the rich, tax properties worth more than 2 million pounds ($3 million) and create a levy on bankers’ bonuses.”

Reuters
22 April 2015

Game of losers? Poisoned chalice awaits election victor
“The whole issue of Brexit and Cameron’s stance on Brexit could become the basis of splits within the Tory (Conservative) party,” said Colin Hay, co-director of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute.[…]”It depends how badly the Conservatives do but there is a scenario in which … there is a potential challenge to Cameron coming from the eurosceptic wing of the Conservative Party,” said Hay.

The Guardian
22 April 2015
Food bank use tops million mark over the past year
Hannah Lambie-Mumford, a research fellow at the University of Sheffield and a food bank specialist, said the data was “an urgent call to policymakers to address the root cause of food poverty in the UK”.

BBC Radio Sheffield
22 April 2015
Toby Foster at Breakfast
1h8m46s into the programme: Interview with Hannah Lambie-Mumford about food poverty and food banks following the publication of the latest figures of food banks users by the Trussell Trust.

Sheffield Telegraph
17th April 2015
Balance of electoral support could shift in seven South Yorkshire seats if Ukip-BNP vote combines, study finds
Dr Craig Berry, deputy director of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, said: “It is fair to say that, if the Ukip and BNP support combines in these seats, and helps to create more momentum for Ukip’s campaigns in these areas, then it does alter the balance of electoral support in ways that are not predictable.”

The Times
16th April 2015
Farage slide is not a windfall for the Tories
Article based on a research from the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) at the University of Sheffield which has found a relationship between voting UKIP and living in a deprived area.

The Guardian
15th April 2015
Real change can only be gained through Ukip, claims Nigel Farage
A new study by the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) on Tuesday challenged the notion that Ukip poses the greatest threat to the Conservatives, arguing Labour may have “as much, if not more, to fear from the rise of the party”. Dr Craig Berry, co-author of the report, said: “The argument that the Green party and Scottish National party will take votes from Labour, whilst Ukip will grow at the Conservatives’ expense, is too simplistic. Our analysis demonstrates that many prospective Ukip supporters reside in areas with high levels of deprivation, and as such Ukip may pose as great a threat to Labour as it does to the Conservatives.

New Statesman
30th March 2015
Why are so many people using food banks?
The determinants of food poverty and food insecurity are big, structural issues, including – and very importantly – income. That is one of the most important things: people need more money,” says Hannah Lambie-Mumford, a faculty research fellow at the University of Sheffield specialising in food poverty and insecurity in Britain.[…]“In my research, very often volunteers at food banks will say, ‘We wish we didn’t exist; our ultimate aim is to do ourselves out of business,’” says Hannah Lambie-Mumford of the University of Sheffield.

My Science
15th March 2015
The Budget risks further entrenching regional housing inequalities, study finds
Dr Craig Berry, SPERI Deputy Director and author of the report, said: “The UK housing market has returned to business as usual. This can be seen as a sign of economic recovery yet, equally, it also suggests that many of the problems associated with the onset of the financial crisis and subsequent stagnation remain salient. The coalition government’s decision to reform and, in effect, significantly reduce the tax burden on housing transactions indicates that it is relatively unconcerned by the economy’s dependence on the housing market, nor the acute regional inequalities which pervade the UK economy.

The Financial Times
19th February 2015
London and Southeast benefit as public sector job losses show regional divide
Scott Lavery of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute said that the figures showed public sector employment could complement, rather than be in conflict with, the goal of boosting private sector job creation. “Simplistic assertions about the public sector ‘crowding out’ private sector job creation need to be challenged if we are to build a more sustainable and equitable economic settlement for the UK,” he said.

The Independent
4 December 2014
Northern Ireland risks ‘double whammy’ over corporation tax

The Guardian
11 November 2014
Interrogating the entrepreneurial state
The article explores the state’s role in innovation by the inaugural SPERI/New Statesman Prize winner Mariana Mazzucato

Livemint
7 November 2014
The economist who beat Thomas Piketty

Huntington News
6 November 2014
Getting a Caribbean voice at the G20
In a recent analysis of the G20 in a period of what he aptly describes as “The Great Uncertainity” facing the world, Tony Payne, Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield, argues that the organization needs “urgent institutional reform” if it is to do “the critically important steering job” that is “necessary in the context of global interconnectedness”.

The Yorkshire Post
30 October 2014
Study uncovers ‘Victorian views of the poor’

BBC Radio Coventry/Warwickshire
9 September 2014
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p025jkg7
Scott Lavery explains why the polls in the Scottish Referendum are narrowing.

One News Page
8 September 2014
Shortlist announced for the New Statesman/SPERI prize in political economy
Six world-class thinkers, who have been shortlisted for the inaugural New Statesman/Sheffield Political Economic Research Institute (SPERI) prize in political economy, are featured. The winners will be announced in October.

BBC Radio Coventry/Warwickshire
9 September 2014
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p025jkg7
Scott Lavery explains why the polls in the Scottish Referendum are narrowing.

One News Page
8 September 2014
Shortlist announced for the New Statesman/SPERI prize in political economy
Six world-class thinkers, who have been shortlisted for the inaugural New Statesman/Sheffield Political Economic Research Institute (SPERI) prize in political economy, are featured. The winners will be announced in October.

The Guardian, 15 July 2014
Northern, poor areas hit hardest by council cuts
Councils in the north-west of England have had to make cuts amounting to £160 a head more than their counterparts in the south-east, new research from Sheffield university has found.[…]
Craig Berry, SPERI research fellow and co-author of the report, said: “The extent to which the 2014 local elections were influenced by pattern is not clear, although it is apparent that the Conservatives’ losses were concentrated in areas that have not been shielded from the cuts to the same extent as Conservative councils in general.

Times Higher Education: Campus news, 26 June 2014
Taxation in the UK has become increasingly regressive since the financial crisis, a report reveals. The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, based at the University of Sheffield, found that the contribution to total revenue of progressive taxes such as income and capital gains tax fell from 58 per cent in 2007-08 to 54 per cent in 2012-13. The contribution of regressive taxes such as VAT rose from 25 to 28 per cent of the total over the same period.
SPICe Briefing: The increasing demand for emergency food aid in the UK, 25 June 2014
SPERI Policy Brief by Hannah Lambie-Mumford used for a research briefing on food banks just published by the Scottish Parliament.
http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefingsAndFactsheets/S4/SB_14-46.pdf

Science Codex
16 June 2014
Coalition deficit reduction has made UK tax base more regressive

A report from the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) at the University of Sheffield which has found that taxation in the UK has become increasingly regressive since the financial crisis, particularly since the coalition government came to office, is featured.

 New Statesman
June 2014
On the economy, the SNP is starting to sound Osborne-esque

As Craig Berry, a research fellow at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, told me in January: “Primary responsibility for the UK’s £30bn balance of payments deficit lies with southern England, whose main contribution to Britain’s export base – financial services trade – is far too dependent on the crisis-hit Eurozone”.

 

The Conversation, Wednesday 4 June 2014

The Queen’s speech leaves pensions in a royal muddle by Craig Berry

 

The Sunday Herald, Sunday 20 April 2014

Think tank: ‘Measures to help economy made the rich far richer’

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/think-tank-measures-to-help-economy-made-the-rich-far-richer.24005186

 

The Guardian, Tuesday 8 April 2014

Need for food banks is caused by welfare cuts, research shows

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/apr/08/food-banks-welfare-cuts-research

Lambie-Mumford said her research showed that food banks were expanding to meet rising demand caused in part by a squeeze on welfare entitlements which made already poor people even worse off.

 

Interview with Craig Berry, on manufacturing in Sheffield, is featured on the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘In Business’.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03zdfgy

 

TCT Magazine, Wednesday 19 March 2014

Craig Berry’s The Conversation article is discussed in relation to the budget and what this means for the manufacturing industry.

http://www.tctmagazine.com/additive-manufacturing/budget-2014-good-for-additive-manufacturing/

 

The Conversation, Wednesday 19 March 2014

Craig Berry gives a post-budget analysis and argues that the measures are an inadequate fix for British manufacturing.

https://theconversation.com/budget-2014-measures-are-an-inadequate-fix-for-british-manufacturing-24519

 

Yorkshire Post, Tuesday 25 February 2014

Expanding on something that Andrew Haldane said at the recent SPERI event, Bernard Ginns discusses how modern history might have turned out very differently had politicians and their economic advisers picked the right reading material.

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/business/commentary/bernard-ginns-work-together-after-a-century-of-everyone-for-themselves-1-6460601

 

The Guardian, Saturday 22 February 2014

Will Hutton mentions the recent SPERI Paper by Professor Richard Jones in his ‘Comment is Free’ article ‘Centrica typifies the ills of the British energy industry’.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/feb/22/centrica-typifies-ills-british-energy-industry

 

Yorkshire Post, Saturday 22 February 2014

In a front page exlusive Bernard Ginns covers the recent SPERI event ‘In Conversation with Andrew Haldane’ with the headline ‘Banker savages ‘unjust’ bailout that cost taxpayer over a trillion’.

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/business/business-news/banker-savages-unjust-bailout-that-cost-taxpayer-over-a-trillion-1-6456117

 

Policy Network, Thursday 20 February 2014

Craig Berry writes for Policy Network, showing how investment and consumption performance reveal the frailty of the UK economy.

http://www.policy-network.net/pno_detail.aspx?ID=4583&title=Britains-unreal-recovery

 

Professional Pensions, Thursday 20 February 2014

Professional Pensions reports on a presentation by Craig Berry, questioning the evidence base which supports increases in state pension age.

http://www.professionalpensions.com/professional-pensions/analysis/2329607/spa-hikes-a-questionable-approach

 

Yorkshire Post, Tuesday 16 February 2014

Bernard Ginns puts forward that maybe Yorkshire should go it alone and discusses how the SPERI British Political Economy Brief No.2 shows that the Government is concentrating on boosting the London property market rather than rejuvenating manufacturing in the North.

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/business/commentary/bernard-ginns-maybe-yorkshire-should-go-it-alone-to-obtain-funding-1-6445460#.UwMY17NdFTs.twitter

 

International Business Times, Monday 15 February 2014

The IB Times draws upon SPERI British Political Economy Brief No.2 to demonstrate that Britain’s trade deficit has remained unchanged since 2008 despite a weakened pound; whereas on previous occasions, a depression in the value of sterling has led to an increase in UK exports.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/weak-pound-plus-unchanged-trade-deficit-equals-selective-uk-recovery-1436765

 

The Sunday Herald, Sunday 16 February 2014

The Sunday Herald, Scotland, draws upon the latest SPERI British Political Economy Brief to show that the UK Government have promoted a recovery in the City of London at the expense of the Scottish economy.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/english-think-tank-uk-government-promoted-london-recovery-at-the-expense-of.23444016

 

Reuters UK, 11 February 2014

The upcoming event ‘In Conversation with Andrew Haldane’ is mentioned in their list of top economic events.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/02/11/diary-top-econ-idUKL3N0LF4HW20140211

 

Professional Pensions, Tuesday 11 February 2014

Craig Berry’s response to a statement by pensions minister Steve Webb is covered by Professional Pensions.

http://www.professionalpensions.com/professional-pensions/news/2328171/webb-retirements-to-get-longer

 

CNBC, 7 February 2014

The upcoming event ‘In Conversation with Andrew Haldane’ is mentioned in their list of top economic events.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101397583

 

Yorkshire Post, 16 January 2014

Economy ‘trapped in growth crisis’ – Yorkshire Post discusses the first SPERI policy brief by Craig Berry

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/economy-trapped-in-growth-crisis-1-4743258

 

Yorkshire Post, 9 January 2014

Warning on stalling factory pay in North as City’s salaries soar – Yorkshire Post discusses the first SPERI policy brief by Craig Berry

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/warning-on-stalling-factory-pay-in-north-as-city-s-salaries-soar-1-6361713

 

Sheffield Star, 9 January 2014

Industry declines while Sheffield booms – Sheffield Star reports on the first SPERI policy brief by Craig Berry, which found that pay in the manufacturing sector is continuing to decline despite Government ambitions to boost industrial growth.

http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/business/industry-declines-while-sheffield-booms-academics-find-1-6360002

 

Shifting Grounds, 11 December 2013

Craig Berry responds to the ‘One Nation’ economy and Jon Cruddas MP in the article ‘One Nation, Many Questions’.

http://shiftinggrounds.org/2013/12/one-nation-many-questions/

 

The Guardian, 10 December 2013

The Guardian has published a summary of the web chat that took place on 5 December. Genevieve Le Baron was one of the commentators discussing how to tackle forced labour in supply chains.

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2013/dec/10/how-to-tackle-supply-chain-slavery?CMP=twt_gu

 

The Economist, 5 December 2013

A report by Genevieve Le Baron, Jean Allain (Professor of International Law, Queen’s University, Belfast) and Andrew Crane (Professor of Business Ethics, Schulich School of Business, Toronto) on the business of forced labour in the UK’s food, construction and cannabis industries published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation is mentioned.

http://www.economist.com/whichmba/still-enslaved

 

The Guardian, 5 December 2013

Genevieve Le Baron took part in a live Guardian web chat on ‘how to tackle slavery in supply chains’ with Beate Andrees (Head of the Special Action Programme to combat forced labour, International Labour Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland), Dan Viederman (Chief Executive, Verité, Amherst, US), Andrew Wallis (Chief Executive, Unseen, Bristol, UK), Neill Wilkins (Migration Programme Manager, The Institute of Human Rights and Business, Chichester, UK), Rachel Phillips Rigby (office of child labour, forced labour, and human trafficking, U.S. Department of Labour, Washington D.C., USA) and Aidan McQuade (Director, Anti-Slavery International, London, UK).

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2013/dec/02/tackling-slavery-in-the-supply-chain?CMP=twt_gu

 

The Guardian, 4 December 2013

How UK wonder substance graphene can’t and won’t benefit UK

Aditya Chakrabortty reports the disappointing investment in graphene in the UK, and draws upon SPERI Paper No.6 – The UK’s Innovation Deficit and How to Repair it (PDF 1131KB) to argue that the lack of investment in innovation and technology as a whole, paints a glum picture for the future of the British economy.

 

The Guardian, 20 November 2013

Forced labour in the UK: ‘There was no escape. I lived every day in fear’

A report by Genevieve Le Baron, Jean Allain (Professor of International Law, Queen’s University, Belfast) and Andrew Crane (Professor of Business Ethics, Schulich School of Business, Toronto) on the business of forced labour in the UK’s food, construction and cannabis industries published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation is mentioned.

 

The Conversation, 20 November 2013

Dodgy economics of the transatlantic free trade deal

Craig Berry criticises the rationale behind the transatlantic trade negotiations.

 

The Guardian, 17 November 2013

Britain looks ill-armed if a currecy war breaks out

SPERI Paper No.6 The UK’s Innovation Deficit and How to Repair it by Professor Richard Jones, in which he examines in detail how the UK is a less research and development intensive country than it was 30 years ago, is mentioned in an article by Larry Elliot about trade and innovation deficits.

 

The Conversation, 4 November 2013

The new global contest is more than just a wacky race

Tony Payne questions the ‘global race’ terminology used of late by a host of politicians.

 

The Conversation, 24 October 2013

Big data lets global corps bet on the threat of climate change

Jo Bates expresses her concerns about corporations making money from climate change.

 

The Conversation, 17 October 2013

US standoff was fallout from the financial crisis – and it’s not over

Stephanie Mudge discusses whether democracy can continue to absorb the ongoing political fallout of the financial crisis.

 

The Conversation, 11 October 2013

US shutdown opens the way for China in global currency markets

Jeremy Green suggests that China may benefit from the US political shutdown.

 

The Conversation, 1 October 2013

Punitive Osborne offers job seekers nothing for something

Craig Berry responds to George Osbourne’s proposal for a ‘help to work’ scheme which would force welfare recipients in to unpaid jobs.

 

The Conversation, 25 September 2013

The regressive politics of quantitative easing

Jeremy Green highlights quantitative easing as a deeply political policy programme with winners and losers, which affects the overall distribution of wealth and resources within society.

 

New Statesman, 8 August 2013

We shouldn’t be hanging on the every word of Britain’s new “superstar” central banker

Jeremy Green argues that Britain’s economic debate needs to be more daring than the Bank of England can ever be.

 

BBC Radio Sheffield, 6 August 2013

Scott Lavery discussed the differences between the British and German economies, and what we can learn from the German industrial strategy.

 

New Statesman, 29 July 2013

There’s a new horizon in history: “panic time”

In the final part of ‘The Great Uncertainty’ series, Colin Hay and Tony Payne argue that if we are collectively to chart some kind of workable way through The Great Uncertainty, we need to be sure to find the time to talk all of this through as concerned members of global society.

 

New Statesman, 22 July 2013

By crushing emissions, the recession is saving our lives

In the fourth of ‘The Great Uncertainty’ series, Colin Hay and Tony Payne consider the profound environmental challenge we face.

 

New Statesman, 17 July 2013

Uncertainty in the BRICS

In the third of ‘The Great Uncertainty’ series, Colin Hay and Tony Payne discuss the shift taking place in the balance of global economic power.

 

New Statesman, 2 July 2013

Uncertainty is news for economists, and the Great Uncertainty is the biggest news of all

In the second of ‘The Great Uncertainty’ series, Colin Hay and Tony Payne discuss the financial crisis in an age of uncertainty.

 

New Statesman, 24 June 2013

This isn’t the Great Recession, it’s the Great Uncertainty

In the first of a five part series (first featured on SPERI Comment) Colin Hay and Tony Payne label the current era the Great Uncertainty and suggest that the present conjuncture is being shaped by a remarkable, and hugely challenging, coalescence of three major processes of structural change occurring simultaneously and interacting in all manner of complicated ways.

 

BBC Radio Ulster, 27 March 2013

Following the two blogs Corporation tax in Northern Ireland: the policy debate and Corporation tax in Northern Ireland: the policy debate, Richard Murphy debated the issue of corporation tax in Northern Ireland.

 

BBC Newsnight, 24 January 2013

Colin Hay was featured on BBC Newsnight. He spoke about what David Willetts’ proposals  to rebalance the economy through industry and what innovative technologies mean for the economy.

 

BBC Radio Sheffield, 23 January 2013

Andrew Gamble (University of Cambridge and Chair of SPERI’s International Advisory Board) took part in a phone in on the Toby Foster at Breakfast show on BBC Radio Sheffield, providing expertise on the possibility of a EU referendum in the hours leading up to David Cameron’s speech.

The Guardian, 22 January 2013

Our welfare state is being transformed under false pretences

Dan Silver referenced SPERI Paper No.1 The British Growth Crisis: a Crisis of and for Growth by SPERI Director Colin Hay.