economics

Economic Growth – it’s complicated

Economic growth predictions are generally based on very simple measures. The Atltas of Economic Complexity is a better predictor of future growth. Here’s why.

Should we do more to price-in externalities?

Increasingly it’s possible to find ways to charge people for external benefits they receive. Like, if they use public services more, should they pay more?

Will Trump ever win his trade war?

President Trump launched a trade war to bring manufacturing back to the US. I ask Prof Steve Keen if that can ever be achieved?

The insignificance of gold

Gold used to be an intrinsic part of the monetary system .Not any more. So ,does it serve any use today, other than being a speculative instrument?

The false economies of private health

Antibiotics are failing and pharmaceutical companies aren’t getting the RoI they want to research new strains. Listen to me and @ProfSteveKeen on the false economies of private health.

Are we on the verge of a global recession?

An inverted yield curve suggests we are on the brink of a recession. Yet Steve Keen suggests that’s not the case, but what will follow will be felt for much longer.

What went wrong at Bretton Woods. Time for another meeting?

Bretton Woods aimed to encourage international trade by stabilising currencies. Today, we are as far from that aim as you can imagine. So what went wrong?

Freeports – right for now or a spin on an outdated idea? (preview)

Boris Johnson says he will introduce 10 free trade zones in the UK post Brexit. Will it create new opportunities or is it jus ta last ditch attempt to keep a few car plants running?

Has Monetary Policy Had Its Day?

As the Federal Reserve gets set to cut interest rates, I ask Prof Steve Keen whether it’ll make any difference? In Japan interest rates are negative and it’s still not working. Does monetary policy actually work?

The future’s solar, finance is the problem

Solar could be the energy source of the future – but, Omar Cheema argues, its future is held back by finance, vested interest and geopolitics.

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