Advantage Magazine: Autumn 2019Tuesday 17 Sep 2019
The new issue of Advantage Magazine is out now
Welcome to the autumn edition of Advantage Magazine. This autumn we mark the close of our first 10 years of policy-driven research at CAGE, and prepare for a further five years of research and impact funded by the ESRC.
As we transition into a new research phase, we say goodbye to some key figures who have been instrumental in CAGE’s success. Our Director, Nicholas Crafts, steps down this autumn, to be succeeded by Mirko Draca, Associate Professor at the University of Warwick. We also say goodbye to Sascha Becker, our Research Director, who is replaced by Bishnupriya Gupta, Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick.
We are delighted that Nick, Mirko and Sascha have all contributed to this issue. Mirko investigates the polarisation of political ideologies amongst citizens. He finds that the presence of anarchic ideologies- those which reject the authority of key institutions- is considerable, but uncovers surprising evidence about how these ideologies have developed; Nick assesses the reasons for the productivity slowdown in the UK, and considers what this might mean for the UK’s future; while Sascha delves into history to examine the relationship between Protestantism and suicide in 19th Century Prussia.
Our final articles in this issue are also provided by key figures within the Centre. Daniel Sgroi, one of our Research Theme Leaders, describes his laboratory research, which analyses the effect of good mood on workplace productivity; while Arun Advani, CAGE’s Impact Director, investigates why, in the UK, around 6% of tax revenue remains uncollected each year and what can be done to tackle this problem.
In his final Parting Shot as Director, Nicholas Crafts considers whether the current optimism for the future UK productivity is justified.
We hope you find these articles enjoyable and encourage you to explore our website for more information on our evolving research programme.Advantage Autumn 2019