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Insights 2014

New insights from Understanding Society

New findings from the large Understanding Society study, which follows people in 40,000 households across the UK, is published in the new report Insights 2014.

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Referendum reflections

As the dust settles after the momentous referendum on Scotland’s independence, academics involved with the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme evaluate what the referendum result means for Scotland and the rest of the UK.

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Retired couples keep standard of living

Most couples who have retired over the last decade have enough wealth to maintain their previous standard of living, according to IFS findings.

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Ten ways to make banking virtuous

The ESRC-funded report Virtuous Banking, published by the independent think tank ResPublica, argues that legal reforms alone will not save bankers from repeating past mistakes, and sets out ten recommendations to improve the sector.

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The Great War and the myths

A report from the ESRC Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick has analysed common myths around causes and events of the Great War.

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Little impact on rent from benefit cuts

Reduction in housing benefit has had little impact on rents in the private sector, but some claimants have chosen to move to lower-rent areas or smaller properties, according to an analysis by the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies and research partners.

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Dealing with disability in developing countries

The ESRC-funded research project Social Protection and Disability: Policy Lessons from Vietnam is looking at how people with disabilities are supported through social protection programmes.

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The UK, the world and the people

The world's population has reached 7.2 billion and counting, today on World Population Day. Dr Jakub Bijak of the ESRC Centre for Population Change looks at future population trends in the UK and abroad.

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Fighting poverty with forest protection

Research on Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) in the Amazon has led to a new framework for policy analysis which could be applied to several tropical countries, including some of the world's poorest people.

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