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The Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)

The CEP is an interdisciplinary research centre at the LSE Research Laboratory. It was established by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in 1990 and is now one of the leading economic research groups in Europe.

The CEP studies the determinants of economic performance at the level of the company, the nation and the global economy by focusing on the major links between globalisation, technology and institutions (above all the educational system and the labour market) and their impact on productivity, inequality, employment, stability and wellbeing.

There are six programmes: Education and Skills (Prof. Steve Machin)

Globalisation (Prof. Stephen Redding)

Labour Markets (Prof. Alan Manning)

Macro Programme (Prof. Chris Pissarides)

Productivity and Innovation (Prof. Mark Schankerman)

Wellbeing (Prof. Lord Richard Layard) Each programme runs a series of related projects addressing key issues, set out under the Programme of Work 2005-2010. [Full document in pdf]

Full details of work completed and projects undertaken are available in our Annual Report. [Full document in pdf] The latest annual report was published in April 2005 for work completed and conducted from 2003 - 2004.

Associated with the above thematic programmes are self-standing programmes of work funded by outside sponsors: Centre for the Economics of Education (CEE), funded by the Department for Education and Skills. EDS Innovation Research Programme Explaining Productivity and Growth in Europe, America and Asia (Dr. Tobias Kretschmer) Manpower Human Resources Lab Mental Health Policy Group (Prof. Lord Richard Layard) Completed self-standing programmes: Pay Inequalities and Economic Performance (PIEP), with support from the European Commission and Eurostat. Future of Unions Programme, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Skills for All Programme, focusing on post-16 education and training and the new modern Apprenticeship, funded by the Esmeé Fairbairn Foundation.

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