Issue 11 – Sept 2019

Articles

Life in the cross hairs

Being a good corporate citizen comes with risks. Andrew Black tells the tale of a close escape. For corporates that have medium-term planning regimes, taking seriously the considerable challenges posed

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Life by Numbers

Does a five-star rating say it all? Rita Samiolo ranks the ranks that pervade modern living Almost every aspect of our existence, from the mundane details of our shopping to

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Hardcore Peripheries

Ingrid Kvangraven, Farwa Sial and Carolina Alves explore the relevance of dependency theory today. Why are some countries rich and some poor? Why is it difficult – seemingly impossible –

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All is revealed

Alessandra Mezzadri explains how productivity barely covers anything in fast fashion prices. In April this year, the UK multi-channel retail brand Missguided advertised the sale of a £1 bikini. It

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Financing a just transition

Nick Robins looks at why investors need to connect climate action with social justice. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), extra investment in clean energy could save the

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Where the truth lies

Capitalism has brought us full circle to a place that looks a lot like where we stood just before the crash in 2007.  Sameer Dossani says the way forward is

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The gold medal

Alfred Nobel was once cast as “the merchant of death” for his invention of dynamite. Is the economics establishment’s use of his name to brand its fake Nobel Prize marring

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An errant economist

Stefan Kesting and André Pedersen Ystehede recount Thomas Schelling’s journey. He was recognised for his contributions to understanding international cooperation and conflict, game theory, behavioural and complexity economics, agent-based modelling and

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A guide through imperfection

Ulrich Volz charts the half-century long path of an economics giant. Joe Stiglitz was awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 2001 together

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Home Truths

Government spending that is not investment is like continual partying and drinking. Tanweer Ali tells how austerity was sold as common sense. In the early days of David Cameron’s coalition

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Interviews

A World Away

Economics training in Africa has long been funded by the World Bank so it keeps to the narrow track of mainstream economics – as do the economic policies in Africa.

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Columns

The Teller’s Tale

John Kay in an interview last year for The Mint, singled out Handelsbanken as a ray of hope in the banking world. According to Kay, it “had grown quite rapidly

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Old Wounds

When pride takes a fall it’s the same the world over. After Boris’s election, I caught a little bit of his gung-ho optimism. I began to think it could be

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Credit Where Credit’s Due

Who gets to borrow at a fair rate is a pernicious inequality. It’s funny how, despite overt concerns, affluent people always find ways to keep the poor apart from them: 

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