The good news about exports

Toolkits & Policy Design

With Brexit looming, we’ve been running a series of workshops with local areas to think about different policy responses and consider what the evidence says on effectiveness.…


If we build it, will they come?

Evidence Reviews and Methodology

What role can government investment in the built environment play in turning around struggling neighbourhoods? Unfortunately, not much, according to the evidence that we found and summarised in…


Seattle’s Minimum Wage Raise: We’re Listening

General Policy Discussion

Minimum wage levels have been the subject of much debate among economists and policymakers. On one hand, there is a strong ethical imperative to ensure that working people…


The Local Economic Impacts of Brexit

General Policy Discussion

I've been working with colleagues at the Centre for Economic Performance (Swati Dhingra and Steve Machin) and the Centre for Cities (Naomi Clayton) to take a first look…


Shedding new light on innovation policy

Evidence Reviews and Methodology

Industrial strategy is one of the big issues for the What Works Centre and its local partners and innovation is one of the main themes of industrial strategies…


Is road investment the route to local economic growth?

General Policy Discussion

Last month the Government announced a £1 billion-a-year plan to relieve congestion, including a bypass fund to take traffic around cities and towns with the worst jams. The long-term…


Training subsidies might not be enough

General Policy Discussion

By Elena Magrini, Researcher at Centre for Cities In April 2017 the UK government introduced the Apprenticeship Levy, a financial incentive system to promote apprenticeships and boost productivity across…

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