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Why relying on high-stakes exams is a bad idea for students and the economy

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


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. 


The Olympics made us happy, but was it worth it?

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

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Mindfulness can be key to athlete's well-being

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

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. 


Dementia toolkit to help patients, carers and healthcare workers

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?

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

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 from LSE.

Class-origin pay gap in elite professions

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

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

New LSE research for the disabled charity Papworth Trust and the 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

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

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

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

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

In a new paper, Roger Fouquet of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment cautions that while investment in large energy projects might provide accessible cheap energy in the short-term, it also risks locking those economies into pathways that may prove detrimental to the country’s longer term prosperity.


LSE Health outlines reforms for China's pharmaceutical system

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 report has found. 


Children's purchasing behaviour 'significantly impacted' by social media and mobile apps

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

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Coherent policy needed for London Mayor's housing commitment

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

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

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.


Re-imaging Rio - LSE launches design competition to address 'respect' in Rio de Janeiro

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 LSE's Theatrum Mundi.


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