Blogs&Reviews

  • Hans Gersbach suggests society could deal with the self-strengthening tech giants by democratising them through giving users a say in their decisions.

  • Growth and civilisation

    Diane Coyle, 14 October 2019

    Diane Coyle's mind boggles at the level of detail in Vaclav Smil's "Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities", covering the growth dynamics of archaea and bacteria all the way to empires. 

  • Brexit and legal traditions

    Thorsten Beck, 11 October 2019

    Thorsten Beck advises analysts who claim that the UK Supreme Court's decision that the prorogation of Parliament was unlawfaul represents a constitutional coup should read up on British constitutional history.

  • Brad DeLong asks whether a society where some 30 million workers are essentially paid, directly or indirectly, by the top 0.1% can be a healthy one.

Other Recent Blogs&Reviews:

  • Diane Coyle, 01 May 2018

    My latest book reviews.

  • Diane Coyle, 28 April 2018

    Under the tenure of Steve Cohen, SAC Captial perpetrated a major insider-trading scam that rocked the hedge fund world. Diane Coyle recommends Sheelah Kolthatkar’s latest book, which chronicles the abuses.  With that as a stepping stone, she illuminates a culture of corruption in the world of finance, enabled by deregulation.

  • Diane Coyle, 22 April 2018

    Has Ian Goldin penned “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Economic Development but were Afraid to Ask?”  Or perhaps, “The Joys of Economic Development?” Here’s a concise review of a concise book.

  • Jon Danielsson, 12 April 2018

    The financial press had a field day when volatility hit a high in early February. In this post I argue that it was not all that extreme. The high point of volatility was only the 103th highest volatility in the past 88 years. 

  • Thorsten Beck, 12 April 2018

    My CEPR Discussion Paper, “The economics of supranational bank supervision” was just published. It is the latest installment in a series of papers on the tension between national bank supervision and cross-border banking. This post summarises the main empirical findings that illustrate how international supervisory cooperation is related to economic links. 

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