Our Work

Below is a small selection of the work that we’ve carried out. Click on a topic to see relevant projects.

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 dea...

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Economic impacts of an energy from waste facility

Economic impacts of a new energy from waste facility assessed the economic contribution of Amey’s proposed waste management plant at Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire. It assessed how the direct footprint of the site creates value added and jobs through supply chains, both in the l...

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EU Carbon Leakage List post-2020

Cambridge Econometrics supported the European Commission to determine the post-2020 Carbon Leakage List. The Carbon Leakage List contains a number of (sub-)sectors which are deemed to face the risk of carbon leakage due to the EU Emission Trading System (ETS). This is signi...

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Trade modelling, supply and demand… and Brexit

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...

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Austerity and the relative success of English football teams

The impact of changes to the TV industry, the financial crisis and subsequent period of austerity appear to impact on the relative success of English football teams.   Here, our Director Hector Pollitt combines two of his passions: football and economics and puts forwards so...

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International trade – is more, better? Why economists need to take a new look at the role of international trade in the modern economy

Outdated theories, unrealistic assumptions… our understanding of international trade is skewed.  This latest blog by Hector Pollitt suggests that the 'more is better' assumption is too simplistic. In fact, he argues, the benefits of international trade are overplayed and it's ...

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Macroeconomic impact of stranded fossil fuel assets

Macroeconomic impact of stranded fossil fuel assets, a major global study finds that rates of technological change in energy efficiency and renewable power are likely to cause a sudden drop in demand for fossil fuels, with major implications for the global economy. The study, ...

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Saving Santa and the North Pole’s economy

In this light-hearted blogpost our Director, Hector Pollitt wonders how an economist would set about modelling the economy of the North Pole and finds that the challenges are not insurmountable. But how on earth do you account for 'magic'?  Is there a currency? What about th...

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Offshore wind: the distinction between strike price and subsidy matters

On 11 September 2017 the UK government announced that two developers would commit to delivering 2.4GW of offshore wind capacity for a strike price of £57.50 per MWh generated from 2022/23, taking the industry by surprise. Comparisons to the £92.50 MWh required by the planned H...

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Competitiveness impacts of carbon policies on UK energy-intensive industrial sectors to 2030

Competitiveness impacts of carbon policies on UK energy-intensive industrial sectors to 2030 aimed to support the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) with its ongoing assessment of the impact of low carbon policies on energy prices and bills. The study also looked at the comp...

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