UK Economics

What's Behind the Surge in Poverty Porn? We Are

Michael Havis | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Havis

Documentaries about benefits and those who get them can be insightful, but when you're tuning in for a thrill it's poverty porn - so do remember to feel a tad ashamed when the credits roll.

Louise Ridley

'This Is The Best Economic News In Human History'

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK

An MIT director and business expert has revealed “the best economic news in human history,” claiming that we're on the brink of the possibility of...

Homo Economicus: A Terrible Economic Theory

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK
Ioan Marc Jones

People spend money on things they don't need, drink themselves stupid at prices they can't afford and perhaps worst of all, offer charitable donations and expect nothing in return.

Why Britain Needs a Nature Manifesto

Tony Juniper | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK
Tony Juniper

Nature is not a drag in meeting social and economic goals. The reverse is the case. Perhaps more of them would be able to see this if only they spent a little time reading the evidence confirming this alternative reality, much of which was officially collected at considerable public expense.

Richest 1% to Earn more than Other 99%

Jack Kershaw | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK
Jack Kershaw

But does this mean for those of us who, may not be in the top 1%, but have certainly earned our fair share of wealth?

My Three Words for Davos this Year

Dr Mark Britnell | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK
Dr Mark Britnell

Recent events have seen countries recognize UHC as an essential component of their future political and social stability. This is a large part of the rationale for the huge investments being made into health coverage in China, Indonesia, Brazil and many other nations.

Sharing Our Future

Karim Goudiaby | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Tech
Karim Goudiaby

Despite the fact that the sharing economy is such a basic endeavor that has existed for centuries, many economists, corporate thought leaders, members of the workforce, and consumers themselves, have expressed hesitations regarding this model.

If a Cycle of Debt and Low Demand is Prohibiting Economic Expansion Look to the Foreign Market for Growth

Peter Morgan | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK
Peter Morgan

Less public and private sector spending, or 'consumer consumption', leads to less need for manufacturing and service providing reducing levels of productivity, which is a decline in economic output.

5 Awkward Charts Osborne Doesn't Want You To See

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Politics

As the Tories burnish their "long term economic plan" in their campaign to win this May's general election, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has issue...

Putting Financial Inclusion at the Heart of the Development Agenda for 2015 and Beyond

Sevi Simavi | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK
Sevi Simavi

Approximately 2.5 billion people across the world do not have a bank account, the majority of whom are women. This means that, all too often, female entrepreneurs cannot access basic financial services.

Rising From the Bottom to the Top Has Got to Stop - According to the Green Party

Harry Saville | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK Politics
Harry Saville

Promoting global economic growth is clearly not on the Green agenda, and clearly they're quiet content with the notion that this might mean that people rising from the bottom to the top might have to stop.

Is the Sharing Economy a Caring Economy?

Nick Liddell | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK
Nick Liddell

As a child, I was brought up to believe that sharing was a good thing to do. It makes sense to share things we don't need to use all the time. It's a way of making and keeping friends. It often comes with an emotional reward. And it's a sign of a civilised society at work: not every exchange of valuable goods requires a transaction.

Two Personal Allowances for Two Forms of Employment to Encourage Economic Growth?

Peter Morgan | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK
Peter Morgan

At the moment there is one personal tax allowance for all forms of employment. It doesn't matter whether the individual in question works for themselves, a corporation, an agency or the government they will only be entitled to one personal tax allowance, which has to be assessed and regulated to the Inland Revenue's specifications.

The Case for a More Competitive Pound

John Mills | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

It is very widely believed that lowering the value of the pound must increase inflation. Monetarists have always claimed that any gains in competitiveness from a lower currency must be offset by rapid price increases. But what might seem obvious needs to be checked against the economic statistics - and they tell a very different story.

Difficulty Closing an Account?

Peter Morgan | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK
Peter Morgan

The intention of this proposal is to provide adequate documentation to keep financial records and also to provide legal disclaimers for the purposes of protecting the account operator and user in a court of law if legal action was taken against them....

A Nation of Virtual Shopkeepers

Kitty Ussher | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
Kitty Ussher

Economists trying to figure out what is going on in the UK economy, and specifically why the number of people saying they are self employed is so high, should perhaps look no further than recent data on on-line selling by households from the Office of National Statistics...

We Are Witnessing a Crisis of Wellbeing at Work

David Lammy | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Politics
David Lammy

We are witnessing a crisis of wellbeing at work. Official statistics paint a picture of a nation that is stressed, anxious, overworked and insecure. UK employees work some of the longest hours in Europe, and over half of them are worried about losing their jobs. Far from being the price we pay for a competitive economy, this is economically disastrous: sickness absence alone costs the economy an estimated £100billion a year, and longer hours are associated with worse productivity. Our relentless search for growth is not only destroying the quality of our lives: it's failing even on its own terms.

The Nobel Prize Winner's Wikipedia Needs Some Tidying Up

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK

For any journalist furiously googling Nobel Prize winner economist Jean Tirole this morning, they would have been greeted on his Wikipedia page with a...

Ukip's Message Now Needs to be Clearer Than Ever

Sean Howlett | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Politics
Sean Howlett

This is not merely a shallow populist and reactionary revolution, but a revolution with deep thought, based on the right political philosophy. This is the only way Ukip can distinguish itself from the current establishment - whereas if they start playing the same political game as the rest, it will do them no favours.

The Economic Impact of Improving Live Music Accessibility

Suzanne Bull MBE | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Suzanne Bull MBE

Attitude is Everything, the charity of which I am CEO, campaigns for improved access to live music for Deaf and disabled people and so we have an interest in both these debates.

The Economics of Happiness - Changing the System

Maite Baron | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

From the national data that's being collected, mostly by developed nations, one thing is clear and it's that increased GDP and higher levels of consumer spending doesn't seem to make us that much happier. So what does?

Five Key Takeaways on Russia's Relations With the West

Ruth Green | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Green

After months of fraught relations between Russia and the West which have seen a flurry of tit-for-tat sanctions triggered by the growing unrest in Ukraine, the final straw seemed to come with the suspected downing on 17 July of flight MH17 over Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists.

Thinking Management Philosophically

Ken Starkey | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK
Ken Starkey

Books on philosophy and management have proliferated in recent years, but with very different aims and perspectives. Philosophy books tend to be consu...

Confirmed: Economists Are Liars

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Josiah Mortimer

'Ninety-four percent [of economists] report having engaged in at least one unaccepted research practice,' from plagiarism to ignoring contrary evidence, skewing data and not reading their sources. Basically, all economsits are liars.

Interest Rate Hawks Should Return to Their Nests

John Longworth | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK
John Longworth

The interest rate hawks are circling over Threadneedle Street. Should they choose to strike early or unexpectedly, the consequences for the UK's recovery and growth prospects will be significant.