Blogs&Reviews

  • The destination-based cash flow tax: A negative-revenue tax?

    David Laborde, William Martin, 18 April 2019

    David Laborde and Will Martin identify serious problems with the proposal to combine features of a VAT and a wage subsidy, especially for countries where the direct government revenue implications are strongly negative.

  • Simon Wren-Lewis asks why pundits failed to see how far right the Conservatives were moving under Cameron, and the subsequent rise of Corbyn in 2015 and Labour’s gains during the 2017 campaign.

  • No ordinary woman

    Diane Coyle, 09 April 2019

    Diane Coyle reviews a biography of Edith Penrose written by her daughter-in-law, Angela Penrose.

  • Francis Fukuyama against mainstream economics

    Branko Milanovic, 02 April 2019

    Branko Milanovic highlights a number of views on economics from Francis Fukuyama’s "The origins of political order", many directly critical of some mainstream nostrums.

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  • Simon Wren-Lewis, 16 July 2018

    Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has pledged to create an illiberal state like Russia or China. In this post, Simon Wren-Lewis asks whether Donald Trump could emulate Orbán and turn the US into a 'democratic dictatorship'.

  • Roger Farmer, 12 July 2018

    The NIESR Rebuilding Macroeconomics project is stirring a great deal of welcome controversy. In this post, Roger Farmer, part of the project’s management team, explains how by funding projects from people or groups that mainstream funding agencies are unlikely to fund, it aims to inject new genes into the pool, shake things up a little by bringing in fresh approaches, and hopefully seed the development of ideas that might otherwise take much longer to emerge

  • Simon Wren-Lewis, 10 July 2018

    A characteristic of many endgames in chess where the result is clear is that pieces leave the board quickly to make the eventual win obvious. In this post, Simon Wren-Lewis argues that what we have seen with the recent resignations of some members of the UK Cabinet is but the first stage in that process.

  • Diane Coyle, 10 July 2018

    In his new book, The Rise and Fall of the British Nation: A Twentieth Century History, David Edgerton argues that the key phenomenon of the post-WWII decades was not welfarism or corporatism but the creation of a distinctive British nation – until Mrs Thatcher started to turn the country back into an internationalist capitalist one. In this post, Diane Coyle finds that while the book makes for a refereshing read, not every bit of its myth-busting is wholly persuasive.   

  • Stephen Cecchetti, Kim Schoenholtz, 09 July 2018

    In this post, Stephen Cecchetti and Kermit Schoenholtz explain balance-of-payments crises – the sudden stops or capital flow reversals that compel countries to restore their external balance between exports and imports or, in the case of capital flight, shift to export surpluses. They also examine the Asian crisis of 1997-98 and the crisis in the euro area periphery from 2010 to 2012.

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