Publications in: Public Policy

Evaluation of UK Trade & Investment’s Global Entrepreneur Programme

Subsector:Public Policy
Published: July, 2010
Document type:Report

London Economics was commissioned by UKT Trade & Investment to evaluate its Global Entrepreneur Programme (GEP). The GEP is underpinned by the view that entrepreneurs look beyond national borders for the most attractive sources of capital, talent, guidance and access to markets. The key objectives of the programme include attracting entrepreneur led, early stage high […]

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The Economic Evidence on the Barriers Faced by Lone Parents in Wales in Accessing Employment and Training

Subsector:Public Policy
Published: May, 2010
Document type:Report

This research for the Welsh Assembly Government aims to study the relative importance of the various choices and constraints faced by lone parents in Wales and to establish a comprehensive list of the barriers faced by lone parents who wish to access work or learning.  

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The Impact of Price Frames on Consumer Decision Making

Subsector:Regulators and government
Published: May, 2010
Document type:Report

London Economics was comissioned by the Office of Fair Trading to undertake a behavioural economics study into how different price frames may impact upon consumer behaviour. The study uses experimental economics to test if consumers incur behavioural biases under five common pricing practices used by firms, including drip pricing and “3 for 2” offers. The […]

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Study Analysing Possible Changes in the Minimum Rates and Structures of Excise Duties on Alcoholic Beverages

Subsector:Public Policy
Published: May, 2010
Document type:Report

This report for EC DG Taxation and Customs Union considers the arguments and evidence, for and against changes to the existing minimum duty rates for alcoholic beverages that apply across all EU Member States.  The overarching objective of the study is to examine whether the current structures of alcohol taxation and the minimum rates laid […]

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Using Experiments in Consumer Research

Subsector:Regulatory economics
Published: March, 2010
Document type:Report

Ofcom has published the report “Using experiments in consumer research” by London Economics. The work informs Ofcom about how behavioural and experimental economics can assist regulators in understanding consumer behaviour. The research implemented a controlled economic experiment which considered a number of options for improving the understanding of consumers when choosing telecommunication services funded through […]

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An Independent Review of the Evidence Base for UKTI’s Support for Firms in High Growth Markets

Subsector:Public Policy
Published: February, 2010
Document type:Report

A study undertaken to review the rationale for supporting UK firms into high growth markets, incorporating an impact evaluation of UKTI’s pilot High Growth Market Programme.

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Evaluation of the Impact of the HM Prison Service Enhanced Thinking Skills Programme on Reoffending Outcomes of the Surveying Prisoner Crime Reduction (SPCR) Sample

Subsector:Rehabilitation
Published: 2010
Document type:Report

London Economics undertook an evaluation of the impact of a cognitive-behavioural offending behaviour programme (Enhanced Thinking Skills, or ETS) on the reconviction outcomes of treated prisoners. By combining new data collected as part of the SPCR survey and existing management information for the first time, the causal treatment effect (average treatment effect on the treated, […]

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Statistical Investigation of Needs Proxies

Subsector:Public Policy
Published: 2010
Document type:Report

This research was undertaken for the Independent Commission on Funding and Finance for Wales (the ‘Holtham Commission’). Using the funding allocation mechanisms for health, local government and schools in England, the research shows that it is possible to replicate these funding outcomes with a high degree of accuracy by using much simpler needs-based formulae. The […]

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Study on Consumer Detriment in the Area of Dynamic Packages

Subsector:Public Policy
Published: November, 2009
Document type:Report

In a report published by EC DG Health and Consumers, London Economics has estimated consumer detriment in EU-27 in the area of ‘dynamic travel packages’. A ‘dynamic package’ is a holiday package where different tourist services (flights, car rental, accommodation, excursions etc.) are put together at the same time to fit the specifications of a […]

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Evaluation of a Sample of OFT’s Consumer Enforcement Cases

Subsector:Public Policy
Published: October, 2009
Document type:Report

This study for the Office of Fair Trading reviews the effectiveness of six past consumer protection interventions by the OFT. The project carried out six case studies and in each case it identified the sources of consumer detriment and evaluated the reduction in consumer detriment attributable to the interventions of the OFT. The six cases […]

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