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Air conditioning is useless when it is cold: Why zero inflation is not "good news".
George Osborne tweeted recently that inflation at 0% is " good news ". Prices not rising so fast can only be good thing surely? But if it was so good then why is the target that the bank of England set at 2% inflation, why not 0% if it is so good? And also,...
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Austerity:If you care about the defect so much, why not raise taxes?
Many economists have argued against undertaking austerity when
the UK’s borrowing rates were so low (at the zero lower bound of interest
rates). Austerity is all about getting the government deficit down in order to
reduce the amount of government borrowing...
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This letter was sent to the Guardian in response to Larry Elliot's article. It is less of criticism of the reformers 33 points (which I did not think were helpful to their cause), but more a criticism of Larry Elliot's portrayal of economics. I enjoyed Larr...
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Review of “Rethinking Economics: An introduction to pluralist economics”
Rethinking Economics is a group campaigning for a pluralist
approach to economics. They have put together a book which contains a
collection of short essays introducing various schools of thought that you
generally won’t hear about in a typical economics cl...
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Journalism which misrepresents academic research is bad for society, says top researcher.
A friend of mine wrote a paper on the happiness of children.
It got picked up in the media with headlines such as “Kids better off at nursery rather than staying at home with mum, say researchers” Although the study  reports positive effects of attending nu...
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Stop hammering nails in with shoes: Why debt is good and only unstainable debt is bad.
If you watched the recent UK election debates you would have
seen that the most pressing issue facing the UK appears to be tackling the UK
debt. When we hear the word debt we have all these negative connotations: people
going bankrupt, falling into poverty ...
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