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Trade modelling, supply and demand… and Brexit

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In a previous blog post I wrote about how the positive impacts of trade may be exaggerated by standard models – and how the economic impacts of trade may not always be positive.

I noted that simulations with Cambridge Econometrics’ post-Keynesian E3ME model would not neces…

The UK – an imbalanced economy

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In the first of three blogs focusing on imbalance in the UK’s economy our Director, Ben Gardiner, takes a look at spatial imbalance and productivity.

We find that London pulls away from the other UK regions in terms of productivity and that the regional productivity diverge…

How we measure poverty matters

Viewed over 20 years there’s been little sustained improvement in poverty rates in the UK. But, how should we measure being poverty, and does how we measure it make a material difference to who is seen as in poverty?

Anthony Barker looks at the new indicator developed by th…

Field research for UNESCO: technical and vocational education

Field research in Senegal

Field research for a UNESCO project took our Director Ben Gardiner and Researcher Ana Rosa Gonzalez-Martinez* to the Dominican Republic, Cyprus and Senegal to assess the potential for a training levy to support vocational and technical education.
Tell us about the UNESCO project…

Plastics in a circular economy

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Are bioplastics the best solution for sustainable packaging in a circular economy? Is biodegradable or bio-based material ‘greener’ than multiple use plastics?

Conflicts with food production and an increase in the use of fertilisers and pesticides are not the only concern, ana…

The social cost of carbon; it’s time to kill it.

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What is the social cost of carbon (SCC)?
The social cost of carbon (SCC) is a hideous construct of mainstream economics. It is designed to show the economic value to the world of reducing a single unit of greenhouse gas emissions. It provides a number that can then be plugged in…

What if China said ‘no’ to new coal?

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Head of Modelling, Hector Pollitt, sends us a report from the United Nations climate change talks (COP24) in Katowice, Poland.

The mood going into COP24 has not been overly positive. Yes, there are record numbers of renewables installations, but global emissions are still incr…