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Kristian Niemietz
12 October 2011
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When measuring an abstract concept, occasional oddities are probably unavoidable. Take inequality, which was a hotly debated topic during the last election campaign. The opposition claimed...
Philip Booth
11 October 2011
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  Over the last few weeks, most economists have been trying to work out how we can deal with the crisis in the eurozone. Will the banks go bust if there is a sovereign default?...
Nick Silver
10 October 2011
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  The Treasury has recently published Whole of Government Accounts (WGAs), which for the first time include an estimate of the UK’s actual debt, including pension liabilities. Firstly...
Philip Booth
7 October 2011
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Recession in the eurozone could trigger widespread sovereign defaults The eurozone sovereign debt situation is on a cliff edge. This may sound like a statement of the obvious given the chaos...
Niggol Seo
6 October 2011
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A recent editorial in the New York Times entitled ‘End the Debt Limit’ calls for an end to the federal debt ceiling in the US and concludes that ‘The debt limit is not...
Tom Papworth
4 October 2011
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The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced his latest strategy for rescuing the UK economy, in the form of ‘credit easing’. Credit easing is the equally evil twin of...
Holger Zemanek
3 October 2011
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Last week the European Commission presented its proposal for a financial transaction tax (FTT) for the EU27. The new tax is supposed to be on all kinds of financial transactions in regulated and...
Philip Booth
30 September 2011
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In responding to the riots, many prominent public figures have suggested that the problem is a simple one. With regard to the criminals whose despicable behaviour has destroyed livelihoods, they...
Kristian Niemietz
29 September 2011
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Imagine I conducted a qualitative, interview-based study enquiring into some social problem. Suppose upon reading my report, you realise that by an uncanny coincidence, my interviewees’...
Paul Withrington
27 September 2011
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The cost of reducing speed is of particular interest since ‘speed’ is said to be a factor in a high proportion (30%) of road accidents. Consequently motorists have been subjected to...
James Croft
26 September 2011
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In yet another setback to the implementation of the British Conservatives party's free school policy, the leader of their Liberal Democrat coalition partners, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg,...
Kristian Niemietz
23 September 2011
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It may seem like a tale from a bygone age, but not that long ago the UK was envied by many of its neighbours for its impressive labour market performance. In the decade from 1998 to 2008, while the...
Len Shackleton
22 September 2011
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The Professional Footballers Association is pressing for the implementation of the Rooney Rule in English soccer. This is nothing to do with the Manchester United superstar of that name, but is...
Kristian Niemietz
21 September 2011
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The complete loss of economic common sense in the Eurozone, which we have seen over the past one and a half years, would be less depressing if it had been driven by politicians with an explicitly...
Philip Booth
20 September 2011
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There is much discussion about how to deal with the indebtedness of eurozone countries. Economic analysis is not straightforward, of course. We always have to be aware of the "...
Mark Pennington
19 September 2011
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Segments of the conservative press in the UK are currently running a concerted campaign against very minor proposals by the coalition government to relax land use regulation, arguing that this will...
Mark Littlewood
19 September 2011
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The Liberal Democrat leadership is in danger of committing a cardinal sin at their party conference in Birmingham. They are addressing their messages to delegates in the conference hall, rather...
Philip Booth
16 September 2011
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Guido Fawkes reported recently that Polly Toynbee told the Edinburgh Book Show that left-wing people were both more intelligent and generally better people than others. Presumably by this...
Kristian Niemietz
15 September 2011
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If George Monbiot had lived during the Irish Potato Famine, he would presumably have developed a ‘Potato Footprint’ index, to show that the hunger of the poor is caused by the excessive...
Nick Hayns
14 September 2011
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Writing an article on the fate of the eurozone in recent times has been something of a fool's errand. No sooner has the ink dried on the page, or the printer whirred into life, than a news...