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Oct
19
The industrial re-revolution

The industrial re-revolution

Economists are obsessed with the industrial revolution. And when I say obsessed I mean obsessed. The more economic history you
6 min read
Oct
18
Climate change: why isn't government putting its money where their mouth is?

Climate change: why isn't government putting its money where their mouth is?

Let’s begin with a question. How much would you say governments around the developed world spend on research into
6 min read
Oct
13
Low skill economy? More like wrong skill economy

Low skill economy? More like wrong skill economy

I was chatting to a Dutchman the other day who said if he was choosing anywhere to live in Europe,
3 min read
Oct
12
We need more maps

We need more maps

Were it not for a mapping error, or rather a series of them, Christopher Columbus might never have sailed for
11 min read
Sep
15
Energy and Inflation: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Energy and Inflation: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Sellindge is a village in Kent just off the A20 between Ashford and Folkestone. It is so small - just
7 min read
Sep
13
Everything is always more complicated than you think, COVID edition

Everything is always more complicated than you think, COVID edition

One of the big economic and social stories of the past year is that for the first time since WWII
7 min read
Sep
09
Rare earths: everything you ever wanted to know

Rare earths: everything you ever wanted to know

Or rather: everything you never really wanted to know but certainly ought to know, especially since the device you're reading this on almost certainly has rare earths in it
7 min read
Sep
08
The most underrated material in the modern world

The most underrated material in the modern world

Concrete. A blot on the urban landscape, right? Boring, ugly, lifeless and destructive, right? Well hold on. Because here are
10 min read
Jun
05
Why Joe Biden’s tax proposals are a big deal

Why Joe Biden’s tax proposals are a big deal

I’ve just written a column about something which is, or has the potential to be, enormously important: the US
12 min read
Apr
23
Mind the (housing) gap

Mind the (housing) gap

Britain’s housing market has long been more complicated than anyone would like to admit. There is, we are told,
3 min read