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    Planning reform is tearing the Tories apart. But the system is fixable

    It is a truism that Britain needs more houses. As the population has grown, average household sizes have fallen—from four before the...

    The Bezzle Years

    This essay was originally written for Project Syndicate in 2015. If anything, it is more relevant now. More than...

    RIP PLC: The Rise of the Ghost Corporation

    From the mid-19th century to the end of the 20th, one form of economic organisation seemed to be displacing all others—the limited...

    What Do We Think of When We Think of Capital Cities?

    In 2010, as South Sudan was preparing to gain independence from Sudan, an intriguing proposal was suggested. Why not design its cities...

    Mission Economy by Mariana Mazzucato — could moonshot thinking help fix the planet?

    Ever since 1969, people have asked themselves why if humans can land on the moon, can’t they solve pressing problems here on...

    Greed is Dead LSE Discussion

    John and Paul recently discussed their latest book, Greed is Dead, with Camilla Cavendish at an LSE virtual event moderated by Andrés...

    A lifetime in investment trusts

    At the annual general meeting of Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust on June 16, I retired as the senior independent director after a...

    Discrimination in University Admissions

    The use of algorithms to award examination grades has led to chaos. Readers of the chapter on Probability and the Law in...

    Michael Gove, John von Neumann, and the Reverend Thomas Bayes

    Michael Gove’s thoughtful, even inspiring, Ditchley lecture confirmed his reputation as an unusually intellectual exception to the uninspiring norm of our politicians....

    The Meaning of R

    Rarely has a parameter in a model attracted so much attention as the number R - the reproduction rate of covid-19 infection....