Blogs&Reviews

  • 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.

  • In this post, Yakov Amihud and Alex Cukierman discuss potential risks to the functioning of monetary policy instruments if government-produced fiat money is completely replaced by private money.

  • In this post, Menzie Chinn compares US tariff levels with those of other countries, and discusses how rejigging the global value chains tat have built up over decades to accommodate tariffs of indefinite duration is sure to be disruptive, and possibly inflationary.

Other Recent Blogs&Reviews:

  • 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.

  • 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

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