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Raising the bar: How household incomes can grow the way they used to

This collection explores what we need to do to get household incomes growing the way they used to before the financial crash.


Raising the bar front cover

The economy may be growing – but most households are not feeling the benefit. Stagnating wages, a rise in insecure work, public spending cuts and regional inequalities have all contributed to a squeeze on family incomes.

What do we need to do to get household incomes growing the way they used to before the financial crash? This collection explores how to create the sustainable economic growth that will be needed if living standards are to rise significantly – and how to ensure that rising prosperity is fairly shared. Contributors examine the prospects for key economic sectors, the place of labour market reform and how to reduce regional inequalities. Proposals for government action include active management of the exchange rate, expansionary fiscal policy and egalitarian tax reform.

With an introduction by Andrew Harrop and contributions from Torsten Bell, Dustin Benton, Craig Berry, Anneliese Dodds MP, Alexander Guschanski, John Mills, Özlem Onaran, Chi Onwurah MP, Rachel Reeves MP and Geoff Tily.

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VIDEO: Raising the Bar

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Andrew Harrop

Andrew Harrop is general secretary of the Fabian Society.


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