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    The common good after Covid

    The common good after Covid

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    This week, we bring you this year's IFS annual lecture delivered by Professor Jean Tirole, Honorary Chairman of the Toulouse School of Economics. In his talk, he discusses how economics can be used to shape narratives and help solve the biggest crises facing our societies and governments.
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    • 59 min
    Can carbon taxes get us to net zero?

    Can carbon taxes get us to net zero?

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    This week, all eyes are on the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) summit in Glasgow as world leaders meet to accelerate action on climate change. 
    The UK is legally committed to reducing the net greenhouse gas emissions that arise from UK-based activities to zero by 2050, but action to reduce emissions will need to happen on a global scale to be effective. What policies should governments worldwide introduce to combat climate change? How should carbon taxes be designed to ensure a cost-efficient and fair transition to net zero?
    This week, IFS Director and Climate Change Committee member Paul Johnson is joined by Alice Pirlot, Research Fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation, and IFS Associate Director Peter Levell.
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    • 37 min
    How should the government influence what we eat?

    How should the government influence what we eat?

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    The food we eat and the way it is produced impacts not only our health and lifestyles, but also our carbon footprints.
    The recent National Food Strategy report commissioned by the government and published this summer proposes measures to improve our health, reduce strain on the NHS and make our food culture healthier and more sustainable. What role should the government play in influencing what we eat? And how can taxes and policy be designed to get us to eat more healthily?
    This week, Paul is joined by Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of the restaurant chain Leon and leader of the National Food Strategy report, and IFS Associate Director and expert on food taxes Kate Smith.
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    • 33 min
    SPECIAL: What should the Chancellor consider in his autumn budget?

    SPECIAL: What should the Chancellor consider in his autumn budget?

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    This week, we published the IFS Green Budget, our flagship publication analysing at the outlook for the economy and the opportunities and challenges facing the Chancellor ahead of the autumn budget.
    We speak to Benjamin Nabarro, Senior Associate at Citi Research, and Carl Emmerson, Deputy Director at IFS, to discuss the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the Chancellor aims to secure a lasting recovery and deliver on the government’s other objectives and priorities.
    The IFS Green Budget is produced in partnership with Citi, and is funded by the Nuffield Foundation.
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    • 29 min
    Job vacancies, labour shortages and a 'high-wage economy'

    Job vacancies, labour shortages and a 'high-wage economy'

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    From HGV drivers, to strawberry pickers, to doctors and nurses, the UK seems to be facing labour shortages across many different industries.
    As the pandemic recedes, and the impacts of Brexit begin to reveal themselves, the government have insisted that this is part of the transition to a 'high-wage economy'. What is happening in the labour market? Which sectors are facing the biggest challenges? And what can policy-makers do to help?
    This week, we're joined by Jonathan Cribb and Xiaowei Xu, IFS experts on labour markets and jobs.
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    • 24 min
    How to fix the education system

    How to fix the education system

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    After a year and half of lockdowns, schools and their students face a vast array of challenges.
    From mental health issues and childhood obesity to teacher shortages and exam results, the education system has been placed under incredible strain over the past year.
    This week, we speak with Birgitta Rabe, education expert at the University of Essex and Luke Sibieta, a research fellow at IFS who studies education policy, to dig into the issues and see what we can do to fix the education system.
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    • 35 min

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