Tag Archives: growth

Might cities fail?

One of the recurrent themes of this blog is that cities now offer better prospects for dealing with the social and economic problems that we face. This is becoming dangerously close to a consensus view on right and left -witness the … Continue reading

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Booming Britain

Economic recovery is now widely accepted as well underway. Turns out there was no double dip and growth has been better than expected so far this year. The week-end papers are full of stories of recovery in the services sector, … Continue reading

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Optimism bias

The number of over 65s working has topped a million for the first time. They’re needed because – apparently – the UK is running out of workers. 13.5m vacancies will be created in the next two years and only 7m … Continue reading

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A question from Tallinn

Will the de-growth argument come back any time soon? An idea whose time seemed to have arrived five or so years ago now rarely dare raise its head. And yet with UK GDP this year now expected to be just … Continue reading

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Rise of the Robots

Original digital musos Kraftwerk are in London this week and, as if to mark their powers of foresight, here comes news the US has added no net manufacturing jobs since the summer, even though manufacturing output growth is picking up … Continue reading

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Putting the genie to work

The genie is being readied for release. Hedge managers want the Bank of England to create some inflation. The incoming governor of the Bank is known to be sympathetic to a more active central bank stance, and the Chancellor will … Continue reading

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A tale of two economies

As economists in the UK ponder why anaemic recovery is accompanied by rising private sector employment, in the US better growth is coming through the standard route of improved productivity. The FT reports that businesses funded by the American Export … Continue reading

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The imperative of recovery

The PM has put us on a ‘war footing’ for recovery. Lack of growth, it seems, is as serious a threat as  invasion. This state of emergency has been translated into a familiar attack on red tape and planning – as … Continue reading

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Demand more not more demand

Last week’s major UK economic news was the publication of trade figures showing exports failing to drive the economy back towards growth. What caught my eye was exports falling in every one of the UK’s 10 biggest markets – so not a … Continue reading

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