The reputation of economics and economists, never high, has been a victim of the crash of 2008. The Queen was hardly alone in asking why no one had predicted it. An even more serious criticism is that the economic policy debate that followed seems only to replay the similar debate after 1929. The issue is budgetary austerity versus fiscal stimulus, and the positions of the protagonists are entirely predictable from their previous political allegiances.
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04 October 2011, Institute for New Economic Thinking
Scotland would gain few benefits from going it alone that it cannot already get as part of the United Kingdom
31 May 2011, Prospect
The SNP’s victory in the 5th May elections, which delivered an overall majority of 69 out of the 129 seats, means that the party can now fulfil its commitment to push for a referendum on independence. But independence, if achieved, would bring complications—both political and economic.
16 April 2011, Financial Times
Why do we so often find that events reinforce what we already believe? John explains how confirmation bias characterises reactions to the financial crisis.
28 October 2010, Financial Times
The interpretation of fairness is culturally specific but rarely does it correspond to measures of income inequality. Fairness is a perception, not a Gini coefficient.
30 June 2010, Financial Times
Government spin is especially debilitating because government is a monopoly supplier of much of the information that an informed democracy requires.
12 May 2010, Financial Times
Britain cannot aspire to continental European levels of public services with lower tax rates. Any British government has to confront that simple fact.
02 December 2009, Financial Times
The most effective control is other parties’ diligence in assessing the businesses with which they deal.
25 November 2009, Financial Times
All our experience of the development of information technology starts from what the customer might want rather than what the technology might do.
11 November 2009, Financial Times
A stance which is pro-business must be distinguished from a stance which is pro-market. In the two decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall, that distinction has not been appreciated well enough.
04 November 2009, Financial Times
Markets are not a well-oiled machine: they are a constantly changing, adaptive biological system.
01 April 2003, Prospect
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