ECONOMIC RESOURCES ON THE INTERNET

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Here are a few resources related to some of the topics John’s talks about.
There are many more and if you have a suggestion, feel free to write us an email at info (at) johnkay.com.

Please select a topic area:

Business Strategy

Regulation & Policy

Crisis & Bubbles

Ethics in Business

Political Economy

Governance and Accountability

Industry Analysis


Business Strategy

John’s articles in the FT (FT Sept 1999, FT Oct 1999) are a good starting point and explain how economists became interested in business strategy and how their thinking has evolved.

Read Michael Porter’s Big Ideas on why businesses need a strategy.

Here are a few interesting websites dealing with the topic:

McKinsey Quarterly covers business strategy (Look for ‘Stategy’ in the ‘Functions’ drop-down menue).

Strategy and Business, a journal run by the consulting company Booz & Company.

Harvard Business School – Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness.

Here are some of the experts in the field, and a few of them have dedicated webpages with more resources available:

Jay Barney; Margaret Peteraf; Michael Porter; Henry Mintzberg (dedicated website); Cynthia Montgomery; Richard Rumelt


Regulation and Policy

Articles

Websites

Experts


Crisis & Bubbles

Here are a few good articles on past economic  and financial crisis:

Stock market bubbles

There are many parallels between past speculative bubbles and the recent Dotcom boom: Over-optimism over new technology, cheap borrowing… Read the New York Times’ retrospective on The Great Crash of 1929 and …

New economics for a New Economy?

Kevin Kelly’s New Rules for the New Economy is a good example of the claims that were made for a new economics.

Kevin Stiroh’s paper “New and Old Economics in the New Economy” complements John’s National Institute paper well in debunking many of the New Economy myths.

Productivity growth and measurement issues

Paul Krugman’s speedometer analogy developed in “Speed Trap: The Fuzzy Logic of the New Economy” provides a useful analogy to explain why changes in the statistical measurement of output do not imply that economy can suddenly achieve a higher rate of growth.

Jorgenson’s paper Raising the Speed Limit: U.S. Economic Growth in the Information Age” analyses the performance of the US economy during the 1990s and assesses the impact of the new economy.

See also Schreyer’s “Computer Price Indices and International Growth and Productivity Comparisons” for an international perspective.

Experts

Dale Jorgenson; Paul Krugman; Kevin J Stiroh; Paul Schreyer

The 2007-08 credit crunch and financial crisis


Ethics in Business

Articles

John’s FT article on Shell provides a good example of the kind of ethical responsibilities facing firms.

Websites

Colarado State University’s E-Ethics Centre provides some good case studies and links.

Experts


Political Economy

Articles

Websites

Competition Regulators

UK: Office of Fair Trading and The Competition Act 1998;

US: Department of Justice Antitrust Division

Experts


Governance and Accountability

Articles

Websites

Corporate Governance has a useful library section and book reviews.

Experts

Steve Kaplan;


Industry Analysis

Automobiles

The aim of Auto Industry is to be the “single point of reference on the web for the UK Auto Industry”. It contains news, background information, statistics on vehicle manufacturers and production figures.

Banking

For a good overview of the British banking system the Bank Review website contains a wealth of information and statistics.

Energy

DTI Energy Group

Performance and Innovation Unit (PIU) project on Energy Policy

David Newbery has written extensively on the privatisation of the Central Electrical Generation Board and more recent developments.

Mobile phones

Oftel’s effective Competition Review (September 2001) concluded that the UK mobile market is “prospectively competitive”, possibly warranting lighter regulation. Provides figures on growth of mobile market and prices. A related NERA’s study looks at “The Profitability and Efficiency of the UK Network Operators”.

Paul Klumperer is expert on the auctions that took place for third generation (3G) licenses. Contains journalistic introduction and a detailed paper on the role of economists in the 3G auction.

Telecommunications

Industry is characterised by economies of scale and scope. For a good grounding on the economics of networks see The Economics of Networks maintained by Nicholas Economides.

In the UK, the Office for Telecommunications (Oftel) is useful source of post-privatisation information.


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