Our work is concentrated on policy simulation modelling and quantitative data analysis on incomes, poverty and the labour market.

We maintain and develop the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) Tax-Benefit Model, which simulates the effects of the UK taxes and benefits on a sample of the population.  The model is used for ‘nowcasting’ – predicting the distribution of income over the next few years – and for policy simulation – estimate the effects of proposed changes to the tax and benefit system.

The model is designed to provide estimates of the effects of policy on government expenditure or tax receipts, on the distribution of income, and on levels of poverty.  It is used by a number of partner organisations: the IPPR, the Resolution Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the New Economics Foundation and the Legatum Institute.

Working with the Fraser of Allander Institute at the University of Strathclyde, we used the model recently to carry out an economic evaluation of a Citizens Basic Income for Scotland.

We also have an interest in the labour market drivers of poverty and low income.  We are working with the Decent Work and Productivity Research Centre at MMU on evaluating the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter, and on the Good Employment Learning Lab.

Latest Incomes, Work & Poverty Projects

The Big Life Group – Multi Modal Practitioner (MMP) evaluation

In partnership with the Ministry of Justice and the Barrow Cadbury Trust, PERU researchers are undertaking a qualitative study on the views and experiences of participants in the Chance to Change pilots.

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Doing gig work: Social implications of platform-based food deliveries

This research aims to study the platform-based gig economy and its reconfiguration of urban spaces by investigating the management, solidarity and resistance of cycle couriers in three European cities: Manchester, Lyon (France) and Cluj-Napoca (Romania).

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Modelling the effects of the tax and benefit system

PERU maintains and develops the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) Tax-Benefit Model, which is a tax-benefit microsimulation model used by the IPPR, Resolution Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, New Economics Foundation, and Legatum Institute.

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Modelling the economic impacts of a Citizen’s Basic Income in Scotland

The aim of this project was to estimate the economic impacts if a Citizen’s Basic Income were implemented throughout Scotland.

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