Analysis and factual trends

Predictive analytics: the science of non-compliance

Data science is an emerging discipline which combines analysis, programming and business knowledge and uses new and advanced techniques and technologies to work with complex data. Jonathan Athow, John Lord and Claire Potter, from Knowledge Analysis and Intelligence at HMRC, explain how HMRC are making better use of data to tackle non-compliance.

Stop Thief! How data can help prevent mobile phone theft

Crime in general has fallen, but thieves are still targeting mobile phones. The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) has
developed a risk index to keep consumers informed and even prevent crimes before they happen. Simon Ruda, Ed Bradon and David Halpern from BIT show us how they did it.

Sex, Drugs and GDP

The Blue Book from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) describes economic activity in the UK. This year, for the first time, it will include spending on prostitution and drugs. Peter Patterson, the Deputy Chief Economic Advisor at the ONS, describes how they calculate the figures in the Blue Book and what they mean for the UK economy.

Resource nationalism

Is the UK economy at risk of countries or companies restricting the supply of key resources? Ian Mitchell and Serina Ng, economists from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, assess the risks. Last year, a new horizon- scanning …