Blogs: Sectors, Trade & Competitiveness

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Digital trade in a post-Brexit Britain

digital trade post-brexit

You can see digital trade everywhere except in the trade statistics.
As the UK embarks on a prolonged period of negotiating post-Brexit trade deals this is a challenge to negotiators and policymakers.
A new report by Cambridge Econometrics for the Department for International T…

Brexit: the economists were broadly right

brexit economists

Most of the predictions so far of moderate losses to GDP proved to be broadly correct – GDP really is around 1-3% lower than it otherwise would have been.
But economists must be more up-front about the limitations of their modelling and more careful in the way they allow their…

Six big economic challenges facing the new Government

Andrew Sentance

Andrew Sentance, Senior Adviser, Cambridge Econometrics considers what challenges lie ahead for the new Conservative administration.
So it is over. The General Election results are in and we know we will have a Conservative government led by Boris Johnson.

But what will he do…

Post-Brexit Britain: Johnson gets an EU-FTA deal

brexit johnson eu fta deal

Boris Johnson has won an outright majority in the Commons and will take forward the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.
This blog by Cambridge Econometrics founder, Terry Barker, looks at the potential economic consequences.
This is the first of two blogs and looks at the prospects fo…

Carbon-neutral steel-making: is it a possibility?

carbon neutral steel

Quite literally, steel is the backbone of a modern society. Unfortunately, the production of steel contributes significantly to human-made climate change.

It is very unlikely society will cease to demand steel, so it is important to figure out how the iron and steel industry c…

UK economy is flat and becoming more unbalanced

uk economy

GDP figures released today show the UK economy grew by 0.3 percent in the third quarter. This means economic activity has expanded by just 1 percent over the past year, less than half the trend long-term growth rate of just over 2 percent.

If we look at progress over the cours…

No-deal Brexit: how bad could it be?

It was all supposed to be so easy but, with weeks to go, a no-deal Brexit is still a possibility amidst the political chaos. How bad could it be? Managing Director, Phil Summerton, explores the indicators.
“There is no plan for no deal, because we’re going to get a great deal”…