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Mansion tax: The real losers of Labour’s policy may never be identified

An exciting email pinged into my inbox at the end of last week. It was a link to the contents of the latest issue of the American Economic Association’s journal Economic Policy. For most people, these publications are not usually as gripping as, say, a Ken Follett novel. But nestling among the thickets of algebra, there was an article entitled “Mansion Tax: the Effect on the Residential Real Estate Market”, writes Dr Paul Ormerod (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) in City AM. More...

Published: May 6, 2015 10:00:54 AM

Stephen Smith

It’s time to talk about council tax

Election campaigning can reveal more by what is left unsaid than by the pledges that are made. No serious strategy towards taxation is disclosed by the Conservatives’ pledges not to raise the rates of the main revenue-raising taxes; nor are all three major parties’ commitments to raising substantial extra revenues from a clampdown on tax evasion and avoidance a coherent and credible account of how future revenue needs will be met, writes Professor Stephen Smith (UCL Economics) in Prospect Magazine.

Published: May 6, 2015 9:03:00 AM


Campus cranes and vanity projects with an American flavour

The cranes are going up all over universities. A new student village here, an extension to the business school there, airy atria everywhere, even a scattering of “iconic” or “signature” buildings aspiring to be on shortlists for architectural awards. Higher education is investing unprecedented amounts in infrastructure – for good and necessary reasons but maybe for bad ones too, writes Professor Peter Scott (UCL Institute of Education) in the Guardian. More...

Published: May 5, 2015 2:35:05 PM


Ageing, health, and social care: reframing the discussion

The current age structure of the UK population is radically different from that at inception of the National Health Service (NHS) in 1948, and health inequalities are widening fastest in people aged 65 years and older, writes Dr Daniel Davis (UCL MRC Unit for Lifelong Health & Ageing) in The Lancet (£).

Published: May 5, 2015 10:57:46 AM

Jennifer Rohn

Science will suffer after general election – no matter who wins

What is science for? Most will think of headline-grabbing applications: life-saving medicines, the latest gadgets and clean-energy alternatives that may one day save our planet. Others might cite vast particle colliders that reveal fundamental insights into the workings of the universe. Few, perhaps, will consider the more prosaic economic implications of a healthy science base, writes Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Clinical Physiology) in New Scientist. More...

Published: May 5, 2015 10:50:16 AM