CHASM Blog

Read our blog posts on current research and commentaries from members of CHASM.

Why an inflation hit for the wealthy could prolong any recession and its impacts for all of us

The cost of living crisis is affecting all households. But if the wealthiest save rather than spend, what does it mean for the rest of the UK? Emeritus Professor Andrew Mullineux reports on what we can do to migitate the impact of rising costs.

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Juggling work and care: the impact of reducing work on financial wellbeing

Louise Overton, Rachael Black and Becky Driscoll explore the impact that reducing, or stopping, paid work to care for a friend or family member can have on a person’s immediate and long-term financial wellbeing. Plus the knock on effects for long term savings and pensions.

 

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The Taxing Question

Using Adam Smith's four principles of taxation: fairness, certainty and convenience, and efficiency in his book The Wealth of Nations (1776), Emeritus Professor Andy Mullineux examines the recent confusion of government tax proposals and reversals and asks if they’re fair and effective.

 

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Will the Energy Price Guarantee prevent households from falling into fuel poverty?

Following recent Governmental announcements that energy prices will be capped to help offset the impact of the ongoing cost of living crisis, Dr Lindsey Appleyard, Assistant Professor (Research), Coventry University, discusses why having open discussions about money and available advice, can help to alleviate worry and reduce financial pressure.

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Should we cancel student debt or make loan repayment affordable? Lessons from the U.S. and U.K.

Dr Mathieu Despard, UNC-Greenboro (USA) and International Visiting Fellow at CHASM, University of Birmingham discusses the pros and cons of student debt systems, what improvements could be made, and how best to move forward.

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