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Richard Teather
28 June 2016
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The opinion polls were wrong again; Brexit has won (and as a Lancastrian I was delighted to see the North stay solid for out).  But now the hard work begins of building alternative structures,...
Philip Booth
25 June 2016
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When you read this column, the result of the referendum on Britain’s EU membership will be known. Whatever the outcome, we must leave behind the depressing campaigns and move on to a politics...
Kristian Niemietz
24 June 2016
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Suppose there are two countries, 1 and 2, and two (mutually exclusive) policies, X and Y. In Country 1, the majority of people support X, and in Country 2, the majority support Y. ...
Philip Booth
23 June 2016
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There is a strong Catholic attachment to the European Union. This is especially so in countries where the faith seems to be waning rapidly, such as Germany and Austria. Such attachment is not...
Kristian Niemietz
21 June 2016
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In neoclassical textbook economics, consumer preferences are ‘given’. People come to the market with a fixed set of preferences, expressible as a utility function, and satisfying those...
Frank Hollenbeck
20 June 2016
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The United Kingdom will shortly vote either leave or remain in the European Union. This is the most important European event of this century since a vote to leave will likely have important domino...
Kevin Dowd
17 June 2016
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Amongst all the extraordinary nonsense spouted in the Brexit debate, on both sides, arguably the most infamous are the recent Treasury reports – here and here – on the impact of Brexit on...
Len Shackleton
13 June 2016
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This article forms the basis of a presentation by Prof Shackleton at a seminar at Royal Holloway University of London.   Let me say first of all that I’m not a Brexiteer, at least not yet...
Ryan Bourne
7 June 2016
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Following Michael Gove’s appearance in the Sky “debate” last week, the Stronger In campaign was always going to find some supposed slip-up to exploit. This time it was Gove’s...
Ryan Bourne
24 May 2016
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The anti-Brexit Project Fear reached its zenith yesterday. Having published a paper suggesting GDP per household would fall by £4,300 in the long term (by 2030) if Britain left the EU, the...
Ryan Bourne
19 May 2016
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IMF chief Christine Lagarde said last week she has “not seen anything positive” about Brexit in terms of economics. Even for the head of a global body which we might expect...
Ann Robinson
17 May 2016
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The debate about the UK’s membership of the EU is dominated by economic arguments – would we be better off in or out? It is hard to see any convincing arguments either way. Probabilities...
Kristian Niemietz
12 May 2016
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I won’t crack open the champagne if the Brexit side wins the EU referendum on 23 June. On its own, Brexit will not solve a single one of the UK’s economic and social problems. Brexit will...
Diego Zuluaga
11 May 2016
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The climate of opinion around free trade has changed dramatically on both sides of the Atlantic in the last few years. Both presumptive presidential nominees in the U.S. are lukewarm about, if ...
Kristian Niemietz
5 May 2016
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A while ago, a powerful image was making the rounds on social media. It contrasted a part of the US-Mexican border, with its massive fence, to a part of the Dutch-Belgian border, which was just a...
Ryan Bourne
26 April 2016
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Conventional commentariat wisdom has it that the EU referendum pits those concerned about economics versus those concerned about immigration. But a quick perusal of the leading intellectual voices...
Diego Zuluaga
22 April 2016
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Eurosceptics claim that UK sovereignty is hopelessly hampered by EU membership. This is inaccurate. Most key state powers such as taxation, welfare, healthcare, education, planning and much...
Philip Booth
19 April 2016
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The City is split when it comes to Brexit. Certainly, the larger City institutions with significant EU business tend to side with Remain. However, smaller companies and those with a more global...
Len Shackleton
14 April 2016
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‘Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?’ is the rather clumsy question – its wording has been fought over – with which...
Philip Booth
6 April 2016
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Benjamin Wrench recently wrote a paper titled Risk and Reward: why the EU separates risk from reward and what this means for the City. This blog post is a rough transcript of Prof Booth’s...