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50 years of social change

It’s 50 years since the Economic and Social Research Council was established. In that time it has resisted outside pressure from many directions, and has brought economic and social science to bear on the most important issues of the day.

A new wave of data

Understanding Society, a unique longitudinal study tracking people from 40,000 households across the UK, has released its 'Wave 4' data - gathered from the fourth of its annual set of interviews.

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Flawed Barnett formula protects against cuts

A report published today by the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies argues that the 'Barnett formula' is flawed - protecting Scotland and Northern Ireland from hundreds of millions of cuts.

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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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