Damned Lies, Statistics, and Economics Education: what are economic forecasts, really?

By Dr Fabio Arico

In yesterday’s online edition of BBC News, BBC Business Editor Simon Jack explains what an economic forecast is. The article expands on the heated debate on whether Brexit will make the UK poorer, so it is extremely important that the public is correctly informed about what economic forecasts are. Continue reading “Damned Lies, Statistics, and Economics Education: what are economic forecasts, really?”


The Apprentice: Has Lord Sugar read The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists?

By Dr Duncan Watson

I am an avid watcher of The Apprentice. The competitors are undoubtedly high powered and innovative at things beyond my understanding. That doesn’t explain my fascination. I am not a wilful celebrant of their journey towards a house purchase in Chelsea. Neither does it provide me with a constructive learning experience. Continue reading “The Apprentice: Has Lord Sugar read The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists?”

Family friendly working

By Dr Matthew Aldrich

As a first-time expectant father, I will soon be taking statutory paid paternity leave to help out at home wherever I can, through those early tiring weeks after our baby is born. As an academic, I also have a relatively flexible job, and will be able to adjust my working pattern so that my wife can go back to work and continue her career after maternity leave. My research on Modern Fatherhood makes me realise how lucky I am to have access to such family friendly working. Many are not so lucky, and fathers in particular do not have the opportunity to re-balance their work and family life, should they want to.

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Run or don’t run, there is no try

By Dr Peter Dawson, Emike Nasamu, and Prof Theodore L. Turocy

The new year is a time of new beginnings. Perhaps at some point over the last few days, you’ve found yourself engaging in the traditional custom of the New Year’s Resolution. A common resolution is improving health and physical fitness; if you’re reading this, the odds are fairly good you’re hoping to be more active in 2018. Equally, the odds are fairly good that you may still be feeling the aftereffects of a bit too much merrymaking during the holiday season. Either way, that little voice in your head might be asking: “Won’t my time be slower than I’d like? Maybe I should start doing something on my own, and join a group activity later.”

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Should I own or should I lease? An economist’s thoughts on land reform in Kazakhstan.

By Dr Emiliya Lazarova, Head of School

If the government plans to give you the possibility to own the land that you have been farming for generations, would you go on the street in protest, facing the risk of detention? You may think this is a rhetorical question, but that is exactly what happened in Kazakhstan last year. Continue reading “Should I own or should I lease? An economist’s thoughts on land reform in Kazakhstan.”

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