Getting ‘work’ right is good for people and the nation. It contributes to increasing productivity, better living standards and economic growth.

One day of paid work a week is all we need to get mental health benefits of employment

19 June 2019

Latest research finds up to eight hours of paid work a week significantly boosts mental health and life satisfaction. However, researchers found little evidence that any more hours – including a full five-day week – provide further increases in wellbeing. 

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Living on the edge

29 March 2019

Some of the most deprived areas in England are located in the eastern region. The New Horizons project has been helping those furthest away from...

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AI: Life in the age of intelligent machines

22 February 2019

In a new film, leading Cambridge University researchers discuss the far-reaching advances offered by artificial intelligence – and consider the...

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Legislating labour in the long run – how worker rights help economies

12 July 2018

Researchers have built the single largest dataset of employment laws – spanning more than 100 countries across much of post-war history – to look...

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Humans need not apply

05 July 2018

Will automation, AI and robotics mean a jobless future, or will their productivity free us to innovate and explore? Is the impact of new...

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How 9,000 lists written over 300 years are helping to test theories of economic growth

03 July 2018

The handwritten inventories had lain largely untouched for centuries. Sand used to dry the ink still lay between the pages. Written neatly inside...

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Mend the gap: solving the UK’s productivity puzzle

28 June 2018

When it comes to the output, education and wellbeing of the Great British workforce, our towns, cities and regions exist on a dramatically unequal...

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The stresses and strains of work and unemployment

26 June 2018

A stressful workplace can damage your health. But so too can being out of work. Cambridge researchers are trying to understand why both situations...

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The fifty-percenters: the economic value of education

22 June 2018

Almost half of young people in the UK now go to university. Who gets in – and what and where they study – affects a person’s place in society and...

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The boss of me: myths and truths of self-employment

20 June 2018

While self-employment may not be the labour market remedy some want to believe, new research is revealing its global prevalence and...

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