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LSE academics participate in the 2005 Social Policy Association Conference

A number of academics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) will present papers at this year's Social Policy Association Conference.

The conference takes Well-being and Social Justice as its main theme and will be held at the University of Bath on Monday 27 to Wednesday 29 June.

Monday 27 June

  • Well-being and Social Justice: where we've come from, where we're going
    Professor John Hills, director of LSE's Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE), gives a plenary presentation

    Professor Hills will discuss a series of contrasts: between the performance of the government on poverty, inequality and exclusion since 1997 with its predecessors - in recent trends in different parts of the income distribution; between the fortunes of different social groups; and across dimensions of well-being, inclusion and social justice.

  • Just Happiness? Subjective Well-being and Social Policy
    Tania Burchardt, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE), LSE

    The concept of happiness has enjoyed a resurgence in economics but is it a useful concept for determining social policy?

Tuesday 28 June

  • Will the UK Ever Be Among the Best in Europe? Recent Changes in Child Poverty and its Causes in International Context
    Dr Kitty Stewart, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)

    Dr Stewart examines some of the factors driving child poverty, in an attempt to identify explanations of persistent differences between European countries.

  • The Impact of Current Pension Reforms on Women's Economic Well-being in Old Age: a comparison of Japan, Germany and the UK
    Kikuka Kobatake, Department of Social Policy, LSE

    Despite the overall improvement in the economic situation of older people, women in general still run a relatively higher risk of poverty in old age in all the three countries.

  • Age Discrimination, Well-being and Social Justice 
    Professor John Macnicol, Department of Social Policy, LSE

    British anti-discrimination legislation is to be overhauled, and new elements introduced, by the end of 2006 in response to the European Employment Directive on Equal Treatment. John Macnicol will explore the complex issues raised by legislative action against age discrimination.

Wednesday 29 June

  • Choice and Equity in the NHS
    Anna Dixon, lecturer in European health policy, Department of Social Policy, LSE

    There are substantial inequities in access between socio-economic groups (SEGs) within the NHS. This paper identifies the factors that cause inequities in access within the NHS and analyses the likely impact of current policies to extend patient choice on inequities.



22 June 2005