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The Real Problem Was Nominal

Scott Sumner on how central banks caused the Great Recession and how NGDP targeting can avoid a repeat in the future.

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Wind Power Reassessed

Dr. Capell Aris conducts a review of the UK wind resource for electricity generation in a joint paper with the Scientific Alliance

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Another sign of the looming apocalypse

That Guardian opinion columns will have only a marginal relationship to economics, maths or even reality is well known. But it is possible to find signs of the looming apocalypse even there, knowing that point. Are you paid what... Read More »

Torts and tortes

It’s pretty hard to lose weight. A lot of evidence suggests that waist circumference is heritable, with as much as half the differences between individuals down to genes. But this genetic explanation probably doesn’t explain social trends towards obesity;... Read More »

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2011 Nobel Laureates Beijing Forum - Day One

In memoriam: John Nash

It is with great sorrow we hear that one of the greatest minds in human history died this weekend in a car crash with his wife while they were returning home from... Read More »

Do we need the FCA?

Students of the Financial Conduct Authority will appreciate the FCA’s Business Plan 2015/16 which mostly sets out what it does, but also touches on what it achieves and its value for UK citizens.  It is as close to accountability... Read More »

QE-a Culpa

Recently I’ve been looking through some of the articles I’ve written about QE over the last few years. I spent much of the post financial crisis period learning about monetary theory and wondered about the extent to which this... Read More »