Len Shackleton responds to Public Accounts Committee report

Commenting on a Public Accounts Committee report, which finds that apprenticeship reforms are failing to deliver, the IEA’s Editorial and Research Fellow Prof Len Shackleton said: “The failure of the government’s policy on apprenticeships, like so many other schemes in the past, is no surprise; it was widely predicted. The levy has turned out to ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton quoted in the Daily Mail

Peter Oborne quotes an IEA fellow in his Daily Mail column which sets out the dangers posed by a Corbyn premiership. Oborne highlights Labour's plans to raise the minimum wage up to £10 an hour and include under 18s in the rise, quoting Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial Fellow at the IEA, who believes "such a ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in The Telegraph

Public sector strikes have fallen to a new low after changes in legislation which make it harder for workers to walk out, reports the Telegraph. However Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the IEA, argues that rather than restrictive legislation, the fall was likely to be down to roles moving from the public to ... Continue reading
Economic Theory
The media have been excited by two American management academics, Leah Sheppard and Stefanie Johnson, who claim to find that highly attractive women are not rated as trustworthy as less attractive women and men. The implication of much of the discussion seems to be that attractive women are discriminated against. I have doubts about this study, ... Continue reading

Catherine McBride joins the City AM Debate

Owning a share of your workplace isn't always best for workers or the wider economy, argues Catherine McBride, senior economist with the IEA's International Trade and Competition Unit. Writing in the City AM Debate, Catherine argues that, despite high profile examples in the media, giving workers a vested interest in their companies can make them ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton quoted in the Metro

Professor Len Shackleton has warned that 'the consequences for employment are likely to be grim' is Labour presses ahead with plans to scrap the lower minimum wage rate for under-18s, bringing it in line with older employees when they raise it to £10 an hour. Len, IEA Editorial and Academic Fellow, is quoted in the Metro, ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton quoted in the Evening Standard

Professor Len Shackleton is quoted in the Evening Standard criticising Labour's plans for the minimum wage, saying that "doubling the pay of young people who understandably have fewer skills and less experience than older colleagues" could lead to a spike in youth unemployment. Len, Editoral and Academic Fellow at the IEA, was responding to the ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton quoted in the Mail on Sunday

Professor Len Shackleton, IEA Editorial and Academic Fellow, is quoted in the Mail on Sunday arguing that a £10 minimum wage for 16- and 17- year olds could "raise youth unemployment to levels comparable with those in continental Europe". Len was responding to the announcement that the Labour Party plan to scrap the lower minimum ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton is quoted in the Guardian

Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial and Academic Fellow at the IEA, is quoted in the Guardian criticising both major political parties for ignoring the Low Pay Commission and "plucking pay increases out of the air" as part of a "political bidding war". Len was responding to the announcement that the Labour Party plan to scrap the ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton quoted by ITV News

Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial and Academic Fellow at the IEA, has criticised Labour plans to double the minimum wage for 16- and 17-year olds, accusing them of a "bidding war" with the Conservatives, as quoted on ITV News. Len was responding to the announcement that the Labour Party plan to scrap the lower minimum wage ... Continue reading