Blogs&Reviews

  • Trade deals typically aim to boost commerce among countries. In this post, Chad Bown offers four novel, trade-restricting elements that make the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) different.

  • Making economic miracles

    Diane Coyle, 15 October 2018

    In this post, Diane Coyle reviews Michael Best's latest book, How Growth Really Happens, which argues that policies to foster growth should aim at ensuring businesses can access or develop three capabilities - skills, a production system and a business model - rather than taxes and subsidies.

  • Educated voters in France, the UK, and the US tended to vote right after WWII, but are now more likely to vote left. In this post, Simon Wren-Lewis discusses possible factors behind this shift and implications. 

  • Two presidents, one economy

    Christopher Knittel, 10 October 2018

    Recently, both Presidents Trump and Obama have publicly taken credit for the strong US economy. In this post, Christopher Knittel turns to data to evaluate their claims.

Other Recent Blogs&Reviews:

  • Diane Coyle, 21 August 2018

    Time to produce and time to consume are not taken seriously in economic theory. In this post, Diane Coyle reviews Ian Steedmans' book " Consumption Takes Time: Implications for Economic Theory", which works through basic microeconomic theory when a time identity and the fact that consumption takes time are included.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Diane Coyle, 07 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.

  • 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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