Posts by Philip Wales

Doing our homework: how we’re improving our estimates of education output through the pandemic

Child on Zoom call

Teachers, students and parents have had a difficult year: school closures, remote instruction and the need to ‘home-school’ have all made providing lessons to students challenging. Here Philip Wales talks about how our measurement has responded to keep pace with fast-changing schools policies during the pandemic, and how the improvements we are now introducing impact on our figures.

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Two economic policy challenges walk into a bar. One says to the other: ‘Are we related?’

On any ranking, devising new trade policy for after Brexit and solving the productivity puzzle must be among the biggest economic policy challenges facing the UK. Following the latest ONS labour productivity release, Philip Wales highlights new work that shows how trade and productivity are closely related.

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