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.

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  • Jon Danielsson, Jia Rong Fan, 09 July 2018

    Julia, MATLAB, Python and R are among the most commonly used numerical programming languages by economic researchers. In this post, Jon Danielsson and Jia Rong Fan compare and contrast these four, reaching a very subjective conclusion as to which is best and which is worst.

  • Lant Pritchett, 06 July 2018

    When the upper bound of the impact of targeted interventions in developing countries is taken into consideration, the potential per person gains are dwarfed by the gains from labour mobility or extended growth episodes. In this post, Lant Pritchett argues that the fact that even small gains in the likelihood of producing a large positive (or avoiding a large negative) growth episode have massive expected value calls for more research into the topic.

  • Simon Wren-Lewis, 05 July 2018

    The EU have said that the deal offered to Northern Ireland (staying in the Single Market for goods without freedom of movement) is not available to the UK as a whole, a position that the UK has not tried to test in its negotiations. In this post, Simon Wren-Lewis argues that Theresa May should stop appeasing the Brexiters and formally make the proposal to the EU of extending the Northern Ireland deal to the rest of the UK.

  • Olivier Blanchard, Jacob Kirkegaard, 03 July 2018

    A coherent reform of asylum-based EU immigration must embody two main components: control over external borders and a new set of internal EU rules. EU leaders have made some progress on the first part, but the outlook concerning the second remains vague. In this post, Olivier Blanchard and Jacob Funk Kirkegaard make some suggestions for the way forward.

  • Roger Farmer, 04 July 2018

    In December 2017, Tristan Hanson and Eric Lonergan made the case for a UK sovereign wealth fund. In this post, Roger Farmer, who has long argued for the establishment of such a fund as part of an active financial stabilisation policy, reviews the proposal by Hanson and Lonergan, highlighting key aspects over which he agrees and differs.

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