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LSE report calls for emergency housing package for young Londoners (1 December 2016)

A report from LSE London is calling for a large-scale emergency housing package to help young Londoners into affordable homes.

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Young children of working mothers have better skills than those of stay-at-home mothers (15 November 2016)

Young children whose mothers are not working have lower capabilities in terms of talking, social skills, movement and everyday skills, according to new research from LSE and the University of Oxford.

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Mental health interventions in pregnant women and new mothers have benefits (15 November 2016)

There are clear economic and societal arguments for investing in mental health interventions for women during pregnancy and immediately after birth, a new report by the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the London School of Economics and Political Science suggests.

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Generation gap for voters makes referenda unsuitable in ageing populations (15 November 2016)

Referenda can favour older voters in an ageing population and are unsuitable for political decisions with longer-term benefits.

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New LSE financial markets research programme in partnership with Swiss Re (14 November 2016)

LSE has announced a formal partnership with Swiss Re, one of the world’s largest reinsurers, to support an 18-month research programme on monetary policy and long-term investment.

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Dame Shirley Pearce appointed as new Chair of LSE (9 November 2016)

LSE has appointed Dame Shirley Pearce, former vice-chancellor of the University of Loughborough, as its next Chair of Court and Council.



Increased retirement age puts pressure on 'sandwich generation' (1 November 2016)

A new study from LSE has found that raising the retirement age is likely to put pressure on middle-aged people with caring responsibilities.

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Leveson press restrictions a 'threat to democracy and accuracy' (31 October 2016)

The breakdown of metropolitan police and media relations in the wake of the Leveson Inquiry has led to a proliferation of inaccurate and prejudicial news reports in recent years, according to a new study by a leading criminologist.

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Childhood bullying places 'long term strain' on UK mental health services (26 October 2016)

New research shows that childhood bullying has a strong link to mental health service use throughout a person’s life, putting additional strain on an “already overstretched” UK healthcare system.


Professor Christine Chinkin wins UN award for distinguished service (25 October 2016)

Christine Chinkin, Director of LSE’s Centre for Women, Peace and Security, has been awarded the Sir Brian Urquhart Award for distinguished service to the United Nations by a UK citizen.


Children involved in cyber-bullying much more likely to view web content containing self-harm and suicide (18 October 2016)

A new study on the link between cyber-bullying and suicide has found that ten per cent of children are involved in cyber-bullying and that they are much more likely to view web content containing self-harm and suicide.

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Favelas toolkit for social change rolled out to another 400 million people (18 October 2016)

A toolkit aimed at improving the lives of the urban poor across the globe will be rolled out to a potential new audience of 400 million people this week when it is translated into Spanish.

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Are UK drivers ready to give up the wheel? (12 October 2016)

A survey of UK motorists released today shows that people who find driving stressful and are confident about technology are, on average, more comfortable with the prospect of autonomous vehicles on our roads.

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Strong government institutions more important than geography for economic development in the EU

According to a new study from LSE, the strongest influence on economic growth is the government’s institutional capacity.

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Travel distribution industry underestimates the speed and scale of the consumer revolution

Artificial Intelligence, virtual reality and the use of portable technology could change travel distribution as we know it over the next 10 years.


Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Oliver Hart (10 October 2016)

Professor Oliver Hart, Visiting Centennial Professor in the Department of Economics at LSE and Andrew E. Furer Professor of Economics at Harvard, has been jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for 2016.

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'Designing Respect' in Rio (4 October 2016)

LSE Cities' Theatrum Mundi announces the winners of its global ideas competition set in Rio de Janeiro.


New research finds link between air pollution and traffic accidents (3 October 2016)

Air pollution appears to be causing an increase in traffic accidents, according to a new study published by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE.


First-time buyers priced out by the 'accidental landlord', says new LSE research (30 September 2016)

First-time buyers have been priced out of the ownership market by richer households who keep their starter homes for renting out when trading up.


Is intergenerational living the secret to good mental health in old age? (28 September 2016)

Intergenerational cohabitation (parents and adult children living in the same household) may have contributed to curbing high rates of depressive symptoms among older people during the Great Recession, according to new research. 

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Trade unions a blunt tool in reducing inequality (28 September 2016)

A new study from LSE has found the strong presence of trade unions in companies does not lead to a reduction in CEO pay.

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Government reforms could put the sustainability and quality of early years provision at risk (28 September 2016)

Government proposals to introduce a new national early years funding formula could put the sustainability of early years education and care providers at risk, and also put at risk the quality of provision available for children.


High incomes study shows women are less than a quarter of top one per cent (27 September 2016)

A new study by LSE’s International Inequalities Institute shows that women make up a smaller and smaller fraction of those with high incomes, the closer you get to the top. 

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New LSE partnership with UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women (26 September 2016)

LSE’s Centre for Women, Peace and Security has announced a formal partnership with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Dr Dubravka Šimonovic, to help support delivery of her mandate.

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Health experts report US$246 billion cost of workplace depression across eight countries (26 September 2016)

New data released today shows that workplace depression is a major issue across different cultures and economies, with “wide and devastating” consequences for thousands of organisations worldwide.


Europeans favour high-skilled, vulnerable and Christian refugees (23 September 2016)

New research reveals a prominent anti-Muslim bias amongst Europeans of all ages and social and political backgrounds.

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LSE ranked among the world's best (22 September 2016)

LSE continues to be ranked among the top 25 universities in the world according to the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.

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Home owners prepared to pay a premium for lower traffic congestion (21 September 2016)

London homeowners are prepared to pay a premium to live in inner city areas where the congestion zone applies, new research from LSE shows.

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Report calls for global action to tackle dementia crisis (20 September 2016)

A new global report authored by researchers from LSE and King’s College London reveals that most people with dementia have yet to receive a diagnosis, let alone comprehensive and continuing healthcare. 

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Vivienne Westwood to talk at LSE Resist Festival (16 September 2016)

Two free talks by fashion designer and activist Vivienne Westwood will form the centrepieces of a three day festival on the theme of resistance at LSE.

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LSE Library Exhibition– Charles Booth's London: Mapping Victorian Lives (13 September 2016)

To mark the centenary of Charles Booth’s death, LSE Library is publicly displaying a selection from the extensive archive holdings Inquiry Into the Life and Labour of the People in London.


Government housing benefit cuts directly linked to rise in depression in low income households (13 September 2016)

Cuts to housing benefit by the UK coalition government have led to a 10 per cent increase in people from low income households reporting poor mental health and helped propel an additional 26,000 people into depression new research has found. 

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LSE appoints Deputy Governor of Bank of England as new Director (12 September 2016)

LSE has appointed Dame Minouche Shafik as its new Director, effective from 1 September 2017. Minouche is the first woman to be appointed to the position on a permanent basis and LSE’s 16th Director overall.


Ten year limit on human egg freezing should be scrapped (8 September 2016)

The ten year statutory time limit on the storage of human eggs should be scrapped to allow women to freeze their eggs for longer periods, according to new LSE research.

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Employers rate LSE as one of the best in the world (6 September 2016)

The latest QS World University Rankings see LSE rated as one of the top universities in the world for employer reputation.

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Home working loses its appeal over time for both companies and staff (6 September)

The benefits of working from home disappear over time for both employees and organisations if it is a full-time arrangement, a new study from the London School of Economics and Political Science has found.


LSE research on EU funding may provide lessons for UK as it prepares to BREXIT (5 September 2016)

'Top-down’ policies, such as the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), can be a more effective way of channelling resources to the most deprived areas than interventions which rely on the direct action of local people, according to research from the Department of Geography and the Environment.

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London's wealthiest familes feel they are being 'pushed out of elite neighbourhoods' (31 August 2016)

From Chelsea to Hampstead to Mayfair, London’s wealthiest individuals and families feel that they are being pushed out by people with even more money, according to new research from LSE.


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Why relying on high-stakes exams is a bad idea for students and the economy (23 August 2016)

Random events during high-stakes exams can affect not only test scores, but also long-term educational attainment and earnings, new research shows.


Power Shifts - LSE China Conference explores the rise of global Chinese business (22 August 2016)

LSE held its fifth LSE China Conference and 13th annual LSE-Peking University Summer School in Beijing this month, with close to 400 people attending the event on the 16 August and 265 students from 50 countries and territories being taught by academics from LSE and PKU between 8-19 August. 

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Mindfulness can be key to athlete's well-being (19 August 2016)

New research has shown that the secret to athlete's success may lie in gratitude and mindfulness.

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Lengthy asylum periods harm refugees' employment prospects (4 August 2016)

Reducing the asylum waiting period for refugees could improve their employment chances and integrate them into their adopted country more quickly, a new analysis of refugee data from Switzerland shows. 


The Olympics made us happy, but was it worth it? (4 August 2016)

The 2012 Olympic Games caused a marked increase in happiness among Londoners, according to new LSE reserch which shows for the first time that there are significant intangible effects to hosting the event.


Dementia toolkit to help patients, carers and healthcare workers (3 August 2016)

A comprehensive web tool bringing together scientific evidence on dementia care and treatment has been developed by researchers at LSE's Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU).


Will self-driving cars be bullied? (2 August 2016)

A pan-European research project to investigate the attitudes and readiness of drivers to share the road with autonomous vehicles has been announced by Goodyear and LSE.


Serious review of London's Green Belt must be considered says LSE (1 August 2016)

Housing should be strategically built on the Metropolitan Green Belt to halt its piecemeal development and alleviate development pressure on the Wider South East, while protecting environmentally important areas, says a new report by LSE.


Class-origin pay gap in elite professions (1 August 2016)

People from working class families are not only less likely to secure jobs in high-status occupations, but will earn thousands of pounds a year less when they get there, according to new LSE research.

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North-South economic and social divide still growing (29 July 2016)

Economic and social divergence between London and the North of England continues to grow, according to new LSE research.


1.8 million disabled people struggling to find accessible housing (29 July 2016)

New LSE research for disabled charity Papworth Trust and housing association Habinteg highlights the hidden housing market for 1.8m disabled people.


Community is king: how new London villages can help solve the housing crisis (22 July 2016)

New research published today by LSE and the Berkeley Group explores how urban villages could help address the capital’s housing crisis. 

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British Academy elects four LSE Fellows (18 July 2016)

Four LSE professors have been elected as Fellows of the prestigious British Academy, the UK's national body for the humanities and social sciences.


Curbs to executive pay discussed in evidence review (18 July 2016)

Policies to curb executive pay are among those discussed in three major evidence reviews by LSE’s Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion published by the European Commission.

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LSE graduate pledges £10m for new centre dedicated to Africa (11 July 2016)

Thanks to a generous pledge from Firoz Lalji, through the Lalji Family Foundation, LSE has endowed a new academic centre dedicated to teaching, research and engagement with Africa and Africa scholars. 

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Government focus on cheap energy risks locking economies into costly energy projects warns LSE academic (11 July 2016)

Governments investing in large energy projects and subsidy policies to encourage cheap energy risk locking their economies onto energy-intensive pathways that could be detrimental to their long-term prosperity an academic from LSE has argued.


LSE Health outlines reforms for China's pharmaceutical system (7 July 2016)

China’s pharmaceutical system will struggle to cope with the twin challenges of a rapidly aging population and increases in non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and heart and lung disease, an LSE Health report has found. 


Children's purchasing behaviour 'significantly impacted' by social media and mobile apps (6 July 2016)

Exposure to prompts to make in-app purchases in mobile games has a significant impact on children’s purchasing behaviour, according to an LSE study funded by the European Commission.

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Coherent policy needed for London Mayor's housing commitment (5 July 2016)

London needs a more coherent housing policy if the capital is going to come anywhere close to meeting the Mayor’s aspiration of building 50, 000 new homes a year says a new report by LSE London.


La Biennale Di Venezia provides a fitting stage for Urban Age 'Shaping Cities' conference (4 July 2016)

Over 40 speakers from 25 cities in Asia, Africa, Europe, South and North America will gather at La Biennale di Venezia on 14-15 July to debate one of the most pressing problems of the 21st century: how to shape our cities. 

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India's YES BANK pledges £1 million to LSE to support IG Patel Chair (1 July 2016)

YES BANK, India’s fifth largest private sector Bank, has pledged one million pounds to support the IG Patel Chair– named in honour of the former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India and former Director of LSE

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LSE Health publish study on antibiotic innovation (28 June 2016)

LSE has published a study outlining policy recommendations for improving the global research and development agendas for antibiotics.


Re-imaging Rio - LSE launches design competition to address 'respect' in Rio de Janeiro (27 June 2016)

A competition challenging residents, artists, activists, performers and others to design ways a space in Rio de Janeiro could be improved so as to promote respect has been launched by Theatrum Mundi at LSE.

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Simplify setting up cohousing communities say housing experts (22 June 2016) 

It should be made easier for groups to set up their own co-housing communities says a new report. 

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Greater freedom for overqualified employees can improve performance (16 June 2016)

Overqualified workers will improve their performance and wellbeing if they have greater freedom within their role.

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Migration does not slow rate of ageing population (14 June 2016)

Different levels of migration have not led to different rates of population ageing within the UK population, new research from LSE has found.


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Leaving the EU poses 'critical threat' to NHS (8  June 2016)

Britain’s withdrawal from the EU would negatively impact the NHS in a number of ways, a new briefing report has said.

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Remaining in EU is 'least risky option' say experts (7 June 2016)

An report launched at LSE a fortnight out from the June 23 referendum warns that a Brexit would be ‘largely a leap into the unknown’.

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 LSE partners with University of Chicago to create global health programme (6 June 2016)

LSE and the University of Chicago have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aiming to create the world’s first transatlantic partnership in global health policy and economics.


LSE to launch 20-year programme funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies to support leaders tackling inequalities (1 June 2016)

An ambitious programme designed to build a global community of leaders dedicated to changing policy, practice and public dialogue around inequalities has been announced. The Atlantic Fellows programme is developed by LSE's International Inequalities Institute.

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LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security appoints New Visiting Professors in Practice (23 May 2016)

Jane Connors, Lord Hague, Angelina Jolie Pitt and Madeleine Rees to contribute to new MSc programme in Women, Peace and Security, the first of its kind internationally.

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New brain-training tool to help people cut drinking (18 May 2016)

Paul Dolan, Professor of Behavioural Science, has launched a free online tool to help people who want to cut down on alcohol.

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New LSE book on the transformation of post-industrial European cities (16 May 2016)

Anne Power’s new book, Cities for a Small Continent, collects compelling evidence from seven archetypal industrial cities across Europe that were the power-houses of the industrial revolution to show that far from being “clapped out”, “jobless, poor and dirty” they are stuffed with assets that can be recycled and reused.

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Tackling inequalities in the lighting of towns and cities (12 May 2016)

The way that urban spaces, such as social housing estates, are lit reinforce the increasing levels of inequality faced by cities says a new report by the Configuring Light research programme, based at LSE.


Private renting policy changes will challenge landlords (11 May 2016)

Tax increases for private landlords will drive some small landlords out of the sector, while others will try to pass the costs on to their tenants, stretching household budgets and putting homeownership further out of reach.

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LSE research shows significant social return on investment for London regeneration project (4 May 2016)

One of the UK’s largest providers of social housing has published the results of a report carried out by LSE to assess the impact of a £140m regeneration programme at Rayners Lane, a former council owned estate in the London Borough of Harrow.

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Huge investment in cancer drugs leads to £14 billion net benefit for UK patients (3 May 2016)

The UK has more than doubled its spending on cancer drugs over the past decade, leading to a £14 billion (2014 GBP) net economic benefit in terms of increased life outcomes for cancer patients, according to new research published today by LSE

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Surge in female political candidates in May UK elections 

New research from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) shows a rise of more than 10 percentage points in the proportion of female candidates for some of May’s elections, but gains in elected representatives are likely to be more modest.

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New LSE book dissects 'selective austerity' since the crisis

A new LSE book offers an authoritative, evidence-based analysis of the impact government policies have had on inequality and on delivery of services such as health, education, adult social care, housing and employment since the 2008 recession.

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LSE reveals winner of their latest RIBA design competition for The Paul Marshall Building

Dublin based practice Grafton Architects have been selected as the winners of the competition to design 44 Lincoln’s Inn fields/the Paul Marshall Building.

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Why German chefs are awarded more Michelin stars than British chefs (20 April 2016)

Restaurants in Germany are awarded significantly more Michelin stars than those in Britain due to a greater emphasis on industry training and apprenticeship.


The impact of Brexit on foreign investment in the UK (15 April 2016)

Leaving the European Union would reduce flows of foreign direct investment (FDI) into the UK by more than a fifth, damaging productivity and lowering people’s incomes, according to new research released today by LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance (CEP). 

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New approach needed to maximise tax take in low-income countries (14 April 2016)

Developing country policymakers and the international institutions that advise them should not default to using the same tax policies that work in high-income countries, according to a new paper from IGC.


LSE launches video series relating to EU referendum (13 April 2016)

LSE has launched a 10-week video series featuring expert comment from the School’s academics on a wide range of issues relating to the EU referendum on 23 June.


Examining the relationship between political systems and state punitiveness (11 April 2016)

Democratic states are not necessarily less punitive than their non-democratic counterparts, according to a new LSE study.

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The secrets to job satisfaction? Time and change (11 April 2016)

Job satisfaction increases as people get older but – paradoxically – declines the longer they stay in a job according to new research forthcoming in the Journal of Management. 

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Social housing tenants depend on money from friends, family and neighbours to make ends meet (8 April 2016)

Two-thirds of social housing tenants needed financial help from friends, family and neighbours to make ends meet, according to a new study from LSE.

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Workplace stress can change our personalities (6 April 2016)

Negative workplace experiences can lead to changes in our personality, new research LSE has revealed.

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Consumers are being misled by food imitating products, new study finds (5 April 2016)

A new study led by the London School of Economics and Political Science has prompted calls for design changes to chemical products which resemble drink shapes.

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LSE study shows better teachers mean happier and higher-achieving pupils (22 March 2016)

Good teachers don’t just help children learn more: they also help them to become happier. That is one of the findings of LSE researcher Dr Sarah Fleche, presented at the Royal Economic Society's annual conference in Brighton this week.

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LSE ranked top in UK for Accounting, Media Studies, Economics and Social Policy (22 March 2016)

The latest QS World University Rankings by Subject show eight subjects at LSE are ranked in the world’s top five. 

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Gains in life expectancy hide premature deaths among white High School Graduates (21 March 2016)

Modest gains in life expectancy among white high school-educated Americans obscure the fact that, in contrast to their more highly educated peers, significant numbers are increasingly dying young, reveals research from LSE.


New book throws light on university-educated Islamist extremists (14 March 2016)

Islamist radicals born and educated in Muslim countries are 17 times more likely to have an engineering qualification than the general population in these countries.


Governments may have deliberately allowed migrants to permeate borders, says new LSE research (8 March 2016)

Border controls which allow migrants to bypass them may have been part of a deliberate policy to boost domestic economies and garner party-political support, according to new LSE research.

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LSE marks 70th milestone of UK birth study (8 March 2016)

The National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD), developed after World War Two with support from the Population Investigation Committee (PIC) at LSE, celebrated a milestone last week.


Migrant entrepreneurs generate vital employment opportunities in deprived areas (7 March 2016)

Research by LSE has highlighted the important role played by migrant entrepreneurs in socially and economically deprived parts of UK cities.

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RIBA and LSE reveal competition designs for The Paul Marshall Building (1 March 2016)

LSE has revealed designs from the six architects shortlisted for its next major building project: 44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields/The Paul Marshall Building.  

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Acting has become a largely middle class profession (29 February 2016)

A new LSE study has shown that there are relatively few working class actors and that they earn less than their middle class equivalents because of a ‘class ceiling’.


Our collective genius and why we are all getting smarter (29 February 2016)

New ideas and technologies are not the product of a few far-sighted geniuses but arise through societies and social networks acting as ‘collective brains’, says new research LSE and Harvard University.


Sparks set to fly at LSE (26 February 2016)

The UK’s largest student-run entrepreneurship conference, Sparks, will be held at LSE this weekend, featuring some of the world’s most inspiring business leaders.


Equity crowdfunding: a new model for financing entrepreneurship (18 February 2016)

Researchers from LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) have demonstrated the benefits of equity crowdfunding as a “robust alternative” for investors and entrepreneurs.

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New LSE report recommends 'War on Drugs' is replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (15 February 2016)

Five Nobel Prize recipients and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos have endorsed the After the Drug Wars  report from LSE IDEAS, recommending countries move beyond the ‘war on drugs’ towards policies grounded in political and socioeconomic integration. 

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Life after Brexit: new LSE report on UK's options outside the EU (12 February 2016)

To make an informed decision on the merits of leaving the European Union, UK voters need to know more about what the government would do following Brexit, according to a new LSE report.

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Youth mental health neglect a 'moral scandal and enormous economic mistake', says LSE report (12 February 2016)

More than half of teenagers and young people with mental health problems do not receive any clinical treatment, amounting to a ‘’moral scandal and enormous economic mistake,’’ according to a new LSE study.


LSE research documents powerful industry emerging from Europe's failed fight against migration (11 February 2016)

New research shows how a powerful and lucrative industry has grown off the back of the European migration crisis and argues for a fundamental change of course towards international cooperation and shared asylum systems.

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LSE invests £11 million on education and student experience (9 February 2016)

Over the next three years, the School's investment will support LSE’s Strategy 2020, aimed at better integrating its world-renowned research with high quality and innovative teaching and an outstanding student experience.


Launch of pop-up shop to stimulate public debate on egg freezing as survey reveals shift in attitudes (8 February 2016)

A fictional beauty brand called Timeless will 'pop-up' in London's Old Street Station to engage women with the issue of how social egg freezing might impact work, relationships and society.

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Mensa mutts? Dog IQ tests reveal canine 'general intelligence' (8 February 2016)

Dogs have measurable IQs, like people, suggests new research from LSE and the University of Edinburgh.


LSE IDEAS advise Colombian President Santos on new policies for after the 'War on Drugs' (2 February 2016)

What might drug policy look like in the coming years? A series of possible answers were recently provided by academics from LSE IDEAS, who joined Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and senior members of his government to discuss what a post-‘war on drugs’ strategy might look like at a packed event in Bogota.


Internet use increases social inequalities, LSE study shows (2 February 2016)

Internet use is driving a greater wedge in our communities, increasing existing inequalities between rich and poor, a new study reveals.


Income inequality linked to inequality of life spans for first time (25 January 2016)

High income inequality has been linked to inequality of longevity by new research from LSE and the Vienna University of Economics and Business. 


LSE Academics to Advise Colombian President Santos on New Policies for After the 'War on Drugs' (21 January 2016)

Leading Academics from LSE are set to advise the Colombian Government on a post-‘war on drugs’ strategy.


Public support for harsh criminal justice policy linked to social inequality (21 January 2016)

Social inequality is directly linked to public support for increasingly harsh criminal justice policy in the UK despite falling crime rates.

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Austerity has slowed regional recovery during the post-2008 recession, says new LSE study (17 January 2016)

Austerity measures at national level have not helped regions to recover following the 2008 economic crisis, according to a new LSE study of the UK and other EU countries.


Complaints data is untapped resource for NHS improvement
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The NHS can better utilise the vast potential of patient complaint data, according to a new study from the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.

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"Guarded Optimism" over the medium term on Chinese Economy (11 January 2016)

Speaking as part of the 2016 LSE China Lecture Series, LSE’s Dr Keyu Jin says she has guarded optimism about China’s economy over the next three to five years.