Piametrics’ due diligence work and social cost benefit analysis covers a wide range of issues. Here is a selection of thought pieces, previous reports and articles reflecting the work of director, Saxon Brettell and showing how an economic evidence base and suitable analysis can objectively illuminate the situations where policy options are being considered.

On data as evidence:

We can't keep spending without knowing what we want and why
In gathering primary information on citizens so as to plan health and transport infrastructure and inform social and economic policy, there is a lot to learn from the Finns. The UK should, like them, replace the ten-yearly census of population with permanent population registers. With individual privacy full protected, citizens are personally concerned to ensure the accuracy of registers, which are continually updated as they engage with the public space, educate themselves and their children, use health and social services and otherwise participate in public processes. Helping the targetting of public spending on education, transport and health services and seeking to mitigate poverty and inequality, registers would deliver better outcomes for citizens.

On sector and spatial studies: 

US shows that British house builders need to concentrate

Educating Beta

EC aid for film

On economic performance, planning and regulation:

Health and safety management and business economic performance
Undertaken for the Health and Safety Executive, this detailed sectoral econometric analysis explored whether UK business productivity growth was being held back by the implementation of higher health and safety standards in terms of the costs of conforming and the inspection and monitoring of high accident rate industries, such as construction and agriculture. It finds there to have been no measurable overall effect on productivity growth by sector when measured HS activity has increased strongly in the UK. This supports other case study findings suggesting that the best managed health and safety programmes generate positive impacts on productivity that can compensate for any associated costs.

Commuter flows in London and the wider South-East(pdf)
Executive Summary (pdf)

The report establishes a coherent methodology, a database and a model for estimating future commuting flows into, out of, and within London and its neighbouring regions of South East England and East of England. This methodology links spatial transport and multisectoral models to identify the future commuting implications of certain policy, economic development and transport scenarios envisaged by 2016 and 2021. A principal finding is that in most of the scenarios jobs growth does not keep pace with local population increases, resulting in more commuting to job-rich centres including central London.

Skills Needs for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
How a Landfill Site can hit the value of your home 

Ageing populations and the implications for the UK - a presentation to Cambridge Rotary

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