Blogs&Reviews

  • Addressing global imbalances requires cooperation

    Maurice Obstfeld, 10 August 2018

    The IMF's 2018 External Sector Report assesses the current account balances for the 30 largest economies. In this post, Maurice Obstfeld outlines the key findings of the report.

  • Introducing a new Brexit policy panel

    Anand Menon, Jonathan Portes, 09 August 2018

    In this post, Anand Menon and Jonathan Portes summarise the results of the first in a monthly series of surveys in which a cross-disciplinary group of leading social scientists are asked their views on three key areas of uncertainty around Brexit: if — and when — the UK will leave the EU; how Brexit will affect British politics; and what our relationship with the EU is likely to look like in the future.

  • Our Gilded Age (India version)

    Diane Coyle, 08 August 2018

    Diane Coyle reviews James Crabtree’s "The Billionaire Raj", which offers a window on India’s super-wealthy and on on an extraordinary period of change in the country.

  • Red and Blue: One country or two?

    Helen Popper, 06 August 2018

    Republican and Democrat states, and their economies, differ. In this post, Helen Popper and David Parsley ask whether they are as different as economies from two distinct countries.

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  • Stephen Cecchetti, Kim Schoenholtz, 25 July 2018

    Inflation in the US remains at levels that most people don’t really notice and US monetary policy has remained accommodative from a long-run perspective. In this post, Stephen Cecchetti and Kermit Schoenholtz infer that the Federal Open Market Committee is engaged in what Alan Greenspan called ‘risk management’ policy. 

  • Caroline Freund, Michael Ferrantino, Maryla Maliszewska, Michele Ruta, 24 July 2018

    Many developing nations rely on trade as an engine of economic growth for ending poverty. In this post, Caroline Freund, Michael Ferrantino, Maryla Maliszewska, and Michele Ruta analyse the impact of recent tariffs and the potential for tariff escalation in developing countries.

  • Jonathan Portes, 23 July 2018

    The political and parliamentary drama over the last few weeks makes it ever more clear that there is no majority, either in the House of Commons or the country as a whole, for any particular approach to Brexit. In this post, Jonathan Portes argues that extending Article 50 would buy time – and perhaps allow a new government or negotiating team to adopt a more coherent and credible strategy.

  • Simon Wren-Lewis, 20 July 2018

    President Trump has made it clear that the UK can choose US rules or EU rules. In this post, Simon Wren-Lewis argues that Brexit is about having no say in either. 

  • Diane Coyle, 20 July 2018

    A book by Cecilia Heyes argues that that humans’ distinctive cognitive abilities are due to cultural evolution rather than genetic. Diane Coyle finds this different approach to thinking about decision-making persuasive.

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