Insights

Here's a list of our recent reports, articles, research and latest thinking on the economy, growth, regulation, market reform and competition:

Golden Age Index

How well are countries harnessing the power of their older workers?
[2016-06-14]


2016 Olympic Games in Rio: modelling Olympic performance

With the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro fast approaching, there will inevitably be much speculation about how many medals each country will win. In this paper we consider how far statistical models can help to explain the number of Olympic medals won by each country, including projections for the Rio Olympics.
[2016-06-01]


Leaving the EU: Implications for the UK economy

This study, which was commissioned by the CBI, sets out a detailed analysis of the longer-term economic impacts of UK exit for trade, migration, regulation and our fiscal position, and the long-term implications of these changes for UK economic growth, jobs and investment. It also considers the possible shorter term economic impacts of increased uncertainty following a possible vote to leave EU.
[2016-03-18]


UK Economic Outlook March 2016

The UK recovery since mid-2009 has been relatively slow by historical standards, but still faster than most other G7 economies over this period. UK GDP growth slowed a little in 2015, but consumer spending growth remains relatively strong, helped by lower oil prices. The global outlook remains mixed with a gradual pick-up in the US and the Eurozone, but a slowdown in China, continued recessions in Russia and Brazil, and increased volatility in financial markets.
[2016-03-10]


PwC Women in Work Index 2016

The latest findings from the PwC Women in Work Index shows a significant improvement in the UK’s performance in female economic empowerment, rising from 21st to 16th position this year. The improvement in the UK’s performance has largely been driven by a narrowing of the gender pay gap and a significant reduction in the female unemployment rate due to the stronger economic growth in recent years.
[2016-02-19]


Impact of Corruption on Nigeria's Economy

Corruption is a pressing issue in Nigeria. President Muhammadu Buhari launched an anti-corruption drive after taking office in May, 2015. Corruption affects public finances, business investment as well as standard of living. Recent corruption scandals have highlighted the large sums that have been stolen and/or misappropriated. But little has been done to explore the dynamic effects of corruption that affect the long run capacity of the country to achieve its potential.
[2016-02-18]


Impact of Structural Reforms In Europe

This study on the impact of the European Commission’s proposals for structural reform of the EU banking sector, was commissioned by the Association of the Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) and it aims to expand the evidence available to policy makers as they consider the further policy development on the requirement for and specification of structural reforms.
[2016-02-18]


Good growth for cities report

'Good growth' for UK cities, looking back to before the financial crisis.
[2015-11-06]


Human development: Improving the livelihoods of the world's poorest

Governments, healthcare providers, schools, universities, NGOs and private sector organisations across the world are working to improve the quality of and access to basic services for some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world. Whilst the heart of human development is in core service delivery, there are some innovative aspects that can underpin these to enhance their effectiveness.
[15/10/2015]


Re-imagine your future - megatrends and international development

PwC has identified five megatrends – demographic and social change, the shift in global economic power, rapid urbanisation, climate change & resource scarcity and technological breakthroughs – which we see as the big forces that are disrupting the economy, business and society as a whole today – and which will still be important over the next decade.
[15/10/2015]


Skilled for the future: simplifying the UK skills system

Is the current skills system really working for its stakeholders? What changes could be made to its administration to make the UK skilled for the future?
[15/10/2015]


Impact of bank structural reforms in Europe

This study on the impact of the European Commission’s proposals for structural reform of the EU banking sector, was commissioned by the Association of the Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) and it aims to expand the evidence available to policy makers as they consider the further policy development on the requirement for and specification of structural reforms. It focuses on the impact of the proposals as applied to 18 global systemically-important banks (G-SIBs) and large domestic systemically-important banks (D-SIBs), which would be among the main targets of the proposed regulation.


Shifting to accountable care: Characteristics and capabilities

The NHS Five Year Forward View sets out new models of care, including Primary and Acute Care Systems and Multispecialty Community Providers, drawing on international experience of accountable care provision. Examples such as the Alzira model demonstrate how transformative care models can deliver better outcomes at lower cost.


The adaptable workforce: creating an NHS workforce fit for the future report

Changing demographics mean the shape and size of the NHS workforce needs to change too. How can the NHS create an adaptable workforce fit for the future?
[7/30/14]


PwC Young Workers Index: How well are OECD economies developing the potential of their young people?

The global financial crisis and the subsequent prolonged periods of recession with sluggish growth led to a sharp rise in youth unemployment rates in many developed economies, but performance has varied considerably across countries.
[2015-10-20]


The costs of eating disorders Social, health and economic impacts

PwC surveyed more than 500 people for their experience of the impact of an eating disorder in their lives. It also put a monetary value on the cost to those individuals, their families and society.
[2015-10-20]


Skilled for the future: simplifying the UK skills system

Is the current skills system really working for its stakeholders? What changes could be made to its administration to make the UK skilled for the future?
[2015-10-14]


Reimagine your future – megatrends and international development

PwC has identified five megatrends – demographic and social change, the shift in global economic power, rapid urbanisation, climate change & resource scarcity and technological breakthroughs – which we see as the big forces that are disrupting the economy, business and society as a whole today – and which will still be important over the next decade.
[2015-10-14]


Human development: improving the livelihoods of the world’s poorest

Governments, healthcare providers, schools, universities, NGOs and private sector organisations across the world are working to improve the quality of and access to basic services for some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world. Whilst the heart of human development is in core service delivery, there are some innovative aspects that can underpin these to enhance their effectiveness
[2015-10-14]


Opportunities in adversity - Strategies for a lower oil price

Lower for longer, is likely at present given the current and anticipated future supply glut in the market.  Here we take a critical look at what this means for the sector and focus on two key imperatives to success in a prolonged low oil price environment
[2015-10-14]


Opportunities in adversity - Strategies for a lower oil price

Lower for longer, is likely at present given the current and anticipated future supply glut in the market.  Here we take a critical look at what this means for the sector and focus on two key imperatives to success in a prolonged low oil price environment
[2015-10-14]


PwC’s new Golden Age Index – how well are countries harnessing the power of older workers?

Golden Age Index rates success of countries in harnessing economic power of older workers.
[2015-08-11]


The hidden talent: 10 ways to identify and retain transformational leaders

Transformation is crucial for survival however just one in twenty leaders today have the right skills to lead successful transformational change.
[2015-05-22]


What Next for Nigeria’s Economy? Navigating the rocky road ahead PwC’s economic scenarios for 2015 and 2016

What Next for Nigeria’s Economy Navigating the rocky road aheadPwC’s economic scenarios for 2015 and 2016
[2015-05-21]


Country risk premia quarterly update

Impact of country risk on UK companies with international operations or considering opportunities abroad.
[2015-04-09]


Global economy watch | Projections

Real GDP growth, inflation and interest rate projections.
[2014-10-04]


The stereotype of boring central banks has vanished

Good central banking should be boring: this was the mantra for most central banks in the pre-crisis era.
[2014-09-03]


Which cities hold the key to unleashing growth in Sub-Saharan Africa?

As labour costs in Asia starts to increase and pressure remains to keep prices competitive, CEOs are increasingly recognising the untapped potential of the Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries.
[2014-08-05]


The adaptable workforce: creating an NHS workforce fit for the future

Changing demographics mean the shape and size of the NHS workforce needs to change too. How can the NHS create an adaptable workforce fit for the future?
[2014-07-31]


Growing pains: How fast is too fast for financialisation

Financial markets are growing in emerging markets.
[2014-07-05]


The PwC World Cup Index: what can the dismal science tell us about the beautiful game?

As the 2014 World Cup in Brazil draws closer, there is increasing interest in what makes a successful World Cup team.
[2014-06-02]


Shifting to accountable care: Characteristics and capabilities

The NHS Five Year Forward View sets out new models of care, including Primary and Acute Care Systems and Multispecialty Community Providers, drawing on international experience of accountable care provision. Examples such as the Alzira model demonstrate how transformative care models can deliver better outcomes at lower cost.
[2013-08-23]


Impact of bank structural reforms in Europe

This study on the impact of the European Commission’s proposals for structural reform of the EU banking sector, was commissioned by the Association of the Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) and it aims to expand the evidence available to policy makers as they consider the further policy development on the requirement for and specification of structural reforms. It focuses on the impact of the proposals as applied to 18 global systemically-important banks (G-SIBs) and large domestic systemically-important banks (D-SIBs), which would be among the main targets of the proposed regulation.
[2011-10-05]