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John Kay is one of Britain’s leading economists.  His interests focus on the relationships between economics and business.  His career has spanned academic work and think tanks, business schools, company directorships, consultancies and investment companies.

From 1 July, John’s weekly column will no longer be appearing in the Financial Times.  He will, however, continue to write frequently, and with the same witty and authoritative style that has won a wide following for his columns.  His articles will, however, be appearing in a wider variety of print and online sources, and may be shorter or longer than the 650 limit imposed by a newspaper column.

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A good example of economics done properly

This article entitled "We Know What Causes Trade Deficits", by Joseph Gagnon at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, is a good of example...

BREXIT

Trump victory has its roots in the post cold-war settlement

There is wide agreement that Brexit and Trump's election were caused by economics. But this and the prescriptions - tweaks to the income distribution, more aid to failing industries and districts - understate the scale and nature of the problem.

Jam tomorrow: The meaning of non-tariff trade barriers

The reality of Brexit and trade negotiations is a review of the rules governing myriads of individual products in mind-numbing detail. Those who thought Brexit meant less regulation, less bureaucracy, fewer civil servants, are in for a surprise.

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FUTURE OF FINANCE

Out of Africa: Notes from a visit to Kenya

Financial services for a developing economy need to be established from the bottom up, not the top down.

‘Other People’s Money’ presentation in the Netherlands

See John's presentation to the Dutch pension industry at Utrecht University on January 24th 2016.

Corporate Governance: BEIS Select Committee written evidence

Background and responses to specific questions:

QUANTITATIVE EASING

Essays on modern monetary policy pt. 3: The folly of negative...

Business history, of a sort, was made last week by the French pharmaceutical company, Sanofi, its blood thinner Plavix familiar to those with arteriosclerosis,...

Essays on modern monetary policy pt. 2: Ponzi schemes and Ricardian...

Last week, I reiterated the immutable foundation of double-entry bookkeeping. For every financial asset there is a corresponding financial liability. But it may not be...

Essays on modern monetary policy pt. 1: The nonsense of “helicopter...

This is the first of several essays on monetary policy. There is a priesthood which believes that money and finance are special, beyond the normal scope of logic, economic reasoning, or common sense, and full of arcane mysteries which can only be fully understood by those who have been fully initiated into the priesthood. In these essays I plan to debunk this idea.
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