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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  • Jeffrey Frankel, 27 June 2018

    One sometimes hears that the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration are a complete departure from historical Republican orthodoxy. In this post, Jeffrey Frankel argues that while in recent decades Republican politicians have tended towards free-trade philosophy more than their Democratic counterparts, during most of the first 100 years of its existence, the Republican Party was protectionist in both word and deed. 

  • Simon Wren-Lewis, 26 June 2018

    Last week saw leading lights in the Labour party attack elements of the mass movement of those who want to remain in the EU. In this post, Simon Wren-Lewis argues that picking a fight with some Remainers by suggesting they are, knowingly or not, just an anti-Corbyn front because they attack Labour on Brexit seems to both miss the point and to be terrible politics. He also argues that Labour have little to lose by backing the popular people’s vote against May’s deal as well as voting against that deal.

  • Diane Coyle, 25 June 2018

    In a revised edition of "Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy", William Janeway argues that our economic system – where complicated interactions between government, providers of finance, and capitalists drive technological innovation and economic growth – is inherently fragile. In this post, Diane Coyle welcomes the update as timely. Since the book’s original publication in 2012, the world has seen sluggish growth, flatlining productivity, and extraordinary changes in the economy and society brought about by technology.

  • Roger Farmer, 21 June 2018

    In this follow up to his post on ergodicity, Roger Farmer discusses chaos theory, 'spin glasses', and what it means to have rational expectations.

  • Simon Wren-Lewis, 19 June 2018

    The Brexit debate was not the first time that the broadcast media in the UK reinforced rather than countered the claims of the right-wing press – the same happened with austerity. In this post, Simon Wren-Lewis asks why the BBC and other broadcasters largely ignored standard textbook macroeconomics, and instead promoted ‘mediamacro’.

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