World Economic League Table
This year’s Cebr World Economic League Table (WELT) predicted among others that some of the weaker European economies like France and Italy are to slip way down the table and face exclusion from bodies like the G-8 and possibly eventually the G-20 as their economies persistently underperform, while the United Kingdom remains forecast to be the best performing economy in Western Europe and after overtaking France in 2014 is likely to overtake Germany and Japan during the 2030s. Coverage of the WELT in the UK included The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Sun, the Independent and the Scotsman. Outside the UK, the results were covered by Forbes, the Hindustan Times and many more.
Bespoke research in the news:
The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and Cebr’s Housing 2025 report presented a set of policy suggestions aimed at making rents and property prices more affordable for UK residents. The report was covered by BBC News, The Times, the Week, the Guardian, the Evening Standard and City AM.
The Value of Global Careers to the UK, a report by Cebr and L’oreal revealed that one in four UK workers are employed in a global role. One of the authors of the report, economist Shruti Uppala, was quoted discussing the findings in an article in the Financial Times.
The Financial Times (x2) and the Daily Mail covered the findings of Killik & Co’s The Cost of Care in Later Life report which found that the cost of care in a nursing home now stands at an average of £38,000 per annum, exceeding most pensioners’ income. The author of the report, Alasdair Cavalla was quoted commenting on the findings.
The economic benefits of vocational education and training in the UK, a report from City and Guilds and Cebr which calculated that increasing vocational skills could benefit the UK economy by up to £163bn in GDP over the next decade, was covered by BBC News.
Cebr’s report with Npower, Effective Business Planning for SMEs, which estimated that ineffective planning could mean Britain’s small businesses will lose out on £25 billion in extra revenue in 2016, was covered by the Daily Mail.
Regular research in the news:
December’s Asda Income Tracker found that families are likely to spend less this Christmas despite having £17 a week more in their pockets than last year. The results were covered by The Times, Guardian and the Daily Mail. Economist Sam Alderson, writer of the report, was interviewed by BBC Radio 4’s You and Your’s programme.
Analysis in the news:
This month we also released a special report on Iran. This drew on various research projects Cebr has worked on for the Middle East, Iran, and the oil market, and personal experiences by Cebr staff from the ground in Iran (Danae Kyriakopoulou) and Bahrain (Nina Skero). The report concluded, among others, that after two years of deep recession in 2012 and 2013, and a year of rebound in 2014, Iran’s economy is expected to grow at around the 2.5% mark throughout our forecast horizon to 2020. Discussing the findings Danae was interviewed by Share Radio and the findings were also featured in the Business Times.
Danae was also quoted by Quartz as part of an in-depth piece on the ICAEW/Cebr Economic Insight: Africa Q4 2015.
Economist Sam Alderson was quoted in the Wall Street Journal discussing the UK’s economic prospects for 2016.
Explaining the effect of UK wage data on the Bank of England’s interest rate decisions, Director Scott Corfe was quoted in the Financial Times. Cebr’s predictions for a tapering off of house prices in 2016, with an expected rise in the rest of the country set to continue, was mentioned in the Financial Times.
Cebr’s Chief Economic Adviser, Vicky Pryce discusses M&A activity, the economic rewards from an increase in refugees in Germany and the effects of the mild weather this winter on retailers with Reuter’s. Vicky also wrote an article on the economic effects of a potential Brexit in Euro Insight.
Senior Economist Danae Kyriakopoulou gave a talk at the Nottingham University Business School China on the economic outlook for Greater China.