UK Economics

The Economic Impact of Improving Live Music Accessibility

Suzanne Bull MBE | Posted 18.09.2014 | 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 13.08.2014 | 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.

Where is the Football Club?

Nicolas Berg | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Sport
Nicolas Berg

It's damaging for United to suffer from such a lack of football people around. Who is Van Gaal supposed to ask if he wants advice on how to develop the best scouting system on the planet? Joel Glazer? Ed Woodward? ... Manchester United better return to being a football club, not step even closer to a place where only hollow brands are living.

Why Did Fulham Pay £11million for Ross McCormack?

Rohan Banerjee | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Sport
Rohan Banerjee

The Scot is more similar to locals than a Dutchman or a Spaniard... McCormack is a marquee and that could mean shirt sales. As the Championship's top scorer last season, the striker's record suggests a decent chance of promotion for whomever he plays.

Debunking the Myths Surrounding Exchange Rate Realignments

John Mills | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

The UK is in trouble. It cannot pay its way in the world. We charge too much for our exports and we import far too much. Too few people buy British-made goods, because they are too expensive. We have high unemployment, high rates of inequality and the UK is falling deeper and deeper in debt...

Post-2015: Development Goals are a Political Act

Alastair Roderick | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

We can't escape the fact that throughout history countries are most carbon-intense and least sustainable on their way to becoming rich; not when they get there. So if the message to developing countries is that they are not allowed to develop in the same way as rich countries developed... are we sure that they will sign up to this?

Thinking Enterprisingly Enhances Employability

David Rutley | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Politics
David Rutley

We need more young people to enter the labour market fully equipped for a life of work, as enterprising first-time employees. Current employers - 70 per cent of them according to a CBI survey - do not think that school leavers are sufficiently ready for the world of work.

Osborne Would Really Not Want You To See This Graph

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne has been very proud about his economic management, boasting that his cuts have helped secure Britain's economic recovery. Speaking i...

Zero Hour Contracts, the Impoverished Elephant in the Room

Tom Johnson | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

Outlaw zero hours contracts and instead ensure that any individual entering a work contract is given a legal guarantee of the number of the minimum number of hours they should be required to work. It might increase the costs for corporations and may in the short term lead to a rise in unemployment, but if the economy is growing as fabulously as George Osborne announces, then the number of jobs should increase to combat this problem.

The Importance of Soft Power

Stephen Liddell | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Stephen Liddell

Most people are familiar with what is known as Hard Power. The idea that someone with more swords, bigger guns and overwhelming military ability can force someone to do something against their will but which is almost entirely in favour of those holding the gun. History is full of situations, the ancient Chinese, Persians, Romans all the way through to the British, French, American and Russians...

13 Facts You Didn't Know About Economics

Ha-Joon Chang | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Ha-Joon Chang

Economics is politics and it can never be a science. Yet the dominant neoclassical school of economics succeeded in changing the name of the discipline from the traditional 'political economy' to 'economics' at the turn of the 20th Century.

How to 'Use' Economics

Ha-Joon Chang | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK
Ha-Joon Chang

In my new book Economics: The User's Guide, I aim to show the reader how to think, not what to think, about the economy. There are a few important things to keep in mind when you are 'using' economics...

The Dirty Secret of the Happiness Movement: A Focus on Raising Average Happiness May Be Costing Lives

Ed Pinkney | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Politics
Ed Pinkney

It's easy to say what matters most is happiness. It's easy to say we should put people's happiness first. It's easy to say that something is good because it makes the majority of people happy. What's not so easy is to talk about whether the happiness of some may be coming at a human cost.

Recovery Hasn't Yet Helped 'Real People', Admits Minister

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Politics

Britain's economic recovery has not been felt much by "real people", with many yet to feel "any sense of recovery", cabinet minister Ken Clarke has sa...

Is it Worth Reading Thomas Piketty?

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK
Ioan Marc Jones

Now that the panic has subsided somewhat, I find myself asking whether Piketty's book, for an average-Joe like me, was worth reading. Hopefully, by explaining my personal experience reading Piketty, I will help other intellectually-curious, non-economist types decide whether it's worth all the effort.

Will Fat Taxes Make Us Thin?

Dr Laura Cornelsen | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Laura Cornelsen

In the UK the government estimates that health problems due to obesity cost the National Health Service (NHS) £5bn per year. Some of this money could surely be better spent elsewhere if we could only manage to control our diets and exercise a bit more. No wonder there is a desperate need for measures that will do this.

Unhappy Voters Need to Be Offered a New Way of Life, Not Just a New Brand of Politics

Matt Hawkins | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Hawkins

Voting UKIP and battening down the hatches isn't going to provide the social and economic security we all desire - that way only further mistrust and isolation lies. By voting Green we can restructure the economy and reframe our societal values. That's so much more than a protest vote.

The Costs of Independence

Ronald Macdonald | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Ronald Macdonald

With the publication of HM Treasury's paper 'Scotland Analysis: Fiscal policy and sustainability' the people of Scotland have a clearer insight into the personal costs of Scottish independence... But there can be little doubt that the figure of £1,400 for 20 years given in the Treasury paper greatly underestimates the costs that are facing the people of Scotland if they vote for independence.

Why Britain Needs the Pound Campaign

John Mills | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

To enable us to compete in the world and to get back to full employment, we need an exchange rate which is about one third lower than it is now. A more competitive pound would bring back more, better quality jobs to the UK, contributing to a thriving economy.

An Alternative UK Economic Strategy

John Mills | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

What is going to happen to the UK economy over the next few years? The general consensus is that the worst of the recent crisis is behind us and we can therefore expect modest growth ahead. However, my pamphlet published by Civitas on 25 March called 'There is an Alternative', paints a much gloomier picture of the future if policies remain as they are. With a radical change in policy, which the pamphlet explains in detail, the UK economy could grow at 4% to 5% per annum on a sustainable basis, unemployment could be made fall dramatically, debts would get paid off and the economy would become far better balanced. How much of all of this is realistic?

Recession May Be Over - Here's 9 Awkward Facts Osborne Would Prefer You Forget

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne is set to get a massive political boost as new figures suggest that the economy is nearly back to where it was in 2008, showing a full ...