Blogs&Reviews

  • Rebellion, Rascals, and Revenue: A review

    Shafik Hebous, 07 April 2021

    Shafik Hebous admires how Michael Keen and Joel Slemrod draw out common threads of tax principles and practice that have underlain tax systems for thousands of years to show us why polices were chosen, and why they failed or prevailed.

  • Democracy in Iceland

    Thorvaldur Gylfason, 31 March 2021

    Thorvaldur Gylfason argues that unless Iceland's Parliament confronts the country's oligarchs and respects the will of the people by ratifying the new constitution designed to reverse the retreat of age-old democracy, it risks becoming a failed state.

  • Government spending: Less may be more!

    Roel Beetsma, Ludger Schuknecht, 25 March 2021

    Roel Beetsma and Ludger Schuknecht argue that governments could and should deliver more for their citizens’ money.

  • Twitter is free to ban users

    Jan Bouwens, 22 February 2021

    Jan Bouwens discusses the decision by Twitter and other social media platforms to ban President Trump and members of his campaign, and the objections to the bans raised by politicians.

Other Recent Blogs&Reviews:

  • Roger Farmer, 14 May 2018

    Recently, Howard Reed wrote a controversial piece for Prospect. This blog pushes back on Reed’s notions of tearing down classical economics.  Be committed and passionate, but understand the giants of the past.

  • Simon Wren-Lewis, 12 May 2018

    When people talk about ‘the Establishment’, they often imagine a socially coherent body managing the country for the collective interest. This blog reviews Aeron Davis’ book, "Reckless Opportunists: Elites at the End of the Establishment", in which the author argues that we may now be seeing the end of such an Establishment.

  • Stephen Cecchetti, Kim Schoenholtz, 10 May 2018

    The liquidity coverage ratio may have been introduced in recent years, but it harks back to a much older system of reserve requirements. We undertook a historical review of liquidity regulations and argue strongly against using the LCR as a monetary policy tool in advanced economies with well-developed financial markets. 

  • Thorsten Beck, 02 May 2018

    An IMF conference on financial inclusion showed that one research methodology doesn't fit all. This post summarises some new developments that were showcased at a recent IMF conference on financial inclusion.

  • Diane Coyle, 01 May 2018

    My latest book reviews.

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