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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
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