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Apr
24
How Russia bossed the room at Bretton Woods

How Russia bossed the room at Bretton Woods

Earlier this week Russia essentially vetoed [https://www.reuters.com/world/imf-steering-committee-will-skip-communique-after-russia-blocked-consensus-2022-04-21/] the joint agreement at the IMF’s spring
8 min read
Feb
13
Jelly rolls and coking drums: a bottom-up look at batteries 🔋

Jelly rolls and coking drums: a bottom-up look at batteries 🔋

I’ve spent a lot of the past few months thinking about batteries, which turn out to be one of
9 min read
Feb
10
The thing we're trying to escape is the thing we need to help us escape

The thing we're trying to escape is the thing we need to help us escape

Long before he was famous for sexual misconduct, Louis CK was famous, at least in some circles, for having given
5 min read
Nov
03
The curse of big numbers

The curse of big numbers

There are many irritating things about the world of politics and economics but perhaps the most irritating of all is
5 min read
Oct
29
Unjolly hockey sticks

Unjolly hockey sticks

Someone asked an interesting question at the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ post-Budget briefing yesterday: have we ever seen a squeeze
4 min read
Oct
26
Woods, trees and spending reviews

Woods, trees and spending reviews

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a proper spending review in this country - and by
5 min read
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