The Eternal Sunshine of the Post-Brexit Mind

By Prof Duncan Watson

A Downbeat Dawn

My partner is from Stoke-on-Trent. I know Stoke as the birth place of the greatest sportsman in the world, Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor. For those unforgivably innocent of Darts, you might instead know it as the world capital of ceramics. Born myself in East Bergholt, where many as hour is spent saying ‘crikey, that Suffolk Punch is a big horse’, I’d argue back and forth with my Stokie love over word pronunciations and the origins of the oatcake. Brexit slaughters this innocence. The day after a hefty 69.4% Leave vote, the BBC unleashes its reporters on Stoke to repetitively patronise the locals: ‘what were you thinking?’. Continue reading “The Eternal Sunshine of the Post-Brexit Mind”


By Dr Pete Dawson

The English Premier League season is almost upon us.  As well as seeing whether the usual suspects (Manchester City, Liverpool) will again be vying for the top spot and the survival prospects of the newly promoted teams (Norwich City, Sheffield United and Aston Villa – see here for a previous blog I wrote about this), many eyes will be on the impact of Video Assistant Referees, more commonly referred to as VARs, which will be used for the first time this season. Continue reading “VAR VAR VAR”

Holiday Musings: The Economics of Introverts.

By Duncan Watson

We’re sitting in Norfolk twiddling our thumbs. We’re dreading another visit to the zoo to keep the kids quiet. Lou pipes up “I’m bored, let’s go to Sardinia”. Zooming off to Stansted Airport at 2 in the morning and, hours later, we’re made it to Cagliari. A wave of heat hits us. Its 39 degrees.  Lou remarks “you know I really don’t like hot weather”. I whine back “neither do I, I thought you did”. The lament keeps coming as this moan is diligently repeated, admittedly with extra lower lip tremble, by the two kids: Eadlin and Lufian.

Continue reading “Holiday Musings: The Economics of Introverts.”

Meet the Lecturers: Liliana Harding

Can you tell us a little bit about your background and what brought you to UEA?

Having studied in England as a postgraduate student, I first moved to Scotland as a lecturer. While having a great time in the North, I also hoped to return to England one day, so I looked for a position in a good university, making the move meaningful professionally. The UEA and the East of England ticked all the right boxes, so I have now been here for close to a decade! Continue reading “Meet the Lecturers: Liliana Harding”

The Roar of the Lionesses!

By Peter Dawson

For the second summer in succession football fever has again gripped the nation.  This time the women’s football team, aka the Lionesses, contested a second consecutive World Cup semi-final.  As in 2015, when they lost to Japan, heartbreak was again the order of the day following a narrow 2-1 defeat to USA.  This post is not about controversies and the merits (and demerits) of video assistant referees of which there have been several in this tournament (I will be exploring this in a separate blog later in the summer!), but about the impact the (continued) success of the women’s team might have in terms of demand. Continue reading “The Roar of the Lionesses!”

“One Bad Turn Deserves Another”: Group Reciprocity in Trust Games

In the summer of 1906, Atlanta, a city previously known for relatively peaceful race relations, saw a spate of newspaper coverage of black attacks on whites, in particular white women. (“Bold Negro Kisses White Girl’s Hand,” screamed one headline.) On September 22nd, four assaults upon white women were reported. Armed with guns, a group of whites went downtown to a black neighbourhood and attacked black men, killing 25. None of the original alleged assaults were later substantiated.

Your first reaction is probably: how appalling. Yes, it is. But also, isn’t it weird? Continue reading ““One Bad Turn Deserves Another”: Group Reciprocity in Trust Games”

Meet the Lecturers: Fabio Arico

Can you tell us a little bit about your background and what brought you to UEA?

I am Italian born and bred. I come from Pavia, a town South of Milan and I moved to the UK almost 20 years ago to study. I took my MSc and PhD in Economics at the University of Warwick and my first job as a lecturer was at the University of St Andrews. I lived in Scotland for almost 5 years, and then decided to move to UEA, where I arrived in 2012. Norwich looks a lot like Pavia, so I feel at home here. Continue reading “Meet the Lecturers: Fabio Arico”

The Royal Norfolk Show: Layers of Impact

Research by Dr Bahar Ghezelayagh and a team of Economics students has found that the Royal Norfolk Show (RNS) generated £20 million for Norfolk in 2018. If you were to ask a member of the public what they think an economic researcher does they would probably picture a lonely figure, hunched over the computer, crunching through numbers to get published in journals only read by other academics. The reality of this project is very different! Continue reading “The Royal Norfolk Show: Layers of Impact”

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