The Premier League Beckons for the Fine City of Norwich!

By Dr Pete Dawson

The fine city of Norwich together with Sheffield United will once again be hosting Premier League from next season with Norwich clinching the title on the final day of the Football League Championship season on Sunday.  Both clubs have graced the Premier League before: Norwich as recently as the 2015-16 season whereas Sheffield have not been in the top flight since being relegated in 2006-07. Continue reading “The Premier League Beckons for the Fine City of Norwich!”

Last Orders: What Can The Government Do To Save Your Local Pub From Supermarkets?

By George Goldberg

The historical roots of mankind drinking beer can be traced back to the Stone Age [1], but it took until the invasion of the Roman Empire, with their taverns, for Great Britain to be introduced to what we now call a pub. Almost 2,000 years later, having a drink at a local for some has become an integral part of British culture. Continue reading “Last Orders: What Can The Government Do To Save Your Local Pub From Supermarkets?”

Full Marx to Chuka? Change UK and Revolution in British Politics

By Duncan Watson

“I’ve never known a night like it”. It’s 1987, the day after The Great Storm. My dad is weaving through the felled trees trying to get me to Old Hall, a commune in East Bergholt. I’m off to meet my childhood sweetheart at a mate’s party. Fast forward to today and I’m back at Old Hall. There is no childhood sweetheart this time, she’s long gone. I’m just driving through on my merry way to the new phenomena of A12 road congestion. I’m contemplating instead our current storm. British politics is in full gale. Continue reading “Full Marx to Chuka? Change UK and Revolution in British Politics”

Loneliness – An Economist’s View

By Lydia Luff

Over the past year, in the UK, loneliness has become a hot topic. With loneliness said to increase risk of early death by 30%[1] and be as harmful to a person’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day[2], the government could no longer ignore the issue. Tracey Crouch was appointed loneliness minister for the UK in January 2018 – the first loneliness minister in the whole world! Since then, the government have published a loneliness strategy[3] to manage the issue. But how do we know who to aim this policy at? Continue reading “Loneliness – An Economist’s View”

The Behavioural Economist’s Guide to Winning at Valentine’s Day

By Dr Sheheryar Banuri

So it has come to this… Two days to go and you are worried about your Valentine’s Day plans.  You’re not quite certain what you need to plan, and how seriously you need to treat this day.  After all, it is not a holiday, and you might have only been out with your partner on number of dates (where ∈ R).  Should you do anything? How much should you spend (in terms of time, effort, money, or any combination thereof)? Continue reading “The Behavioural Economist’s Guide to Winning at Valentine’s Day”

Catalonia versus Spain: playing the game without communication

By Dr Jack Fosten

The dust has far from settled after a week in Catalonia which has sent shockwaves around the world. Events began on Sunday 1st October (termed “1-O” by the Catalans) with a banned referendum brought about by the separatist-leaning Catalan president Carles Puigdemont in defiance of orders from the Spanish government. Rather than permitting the vote to proceed peacefully in the same way as a similar referendum held in November 2014, the strategy of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government was to use police force to shut down the referendum and prevent Catalans from voting. What followed were ugly scenes, beamed across the globe, with heavy-handed police beatings dealt out to civilians in order to block off polling stations and remove ballot boxes.

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Money talks, Neymar walks: The Crazy World of Football Transfers

By Dr Pete Dawson

The Brazilian football Neymar has been transferred from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) for a world record fee of £200m (€222m).  It has also been reported that he will earn £782,000 (€865,000) a week.  The five year deal will mean PSG will have shelled out close to £400m.  These are extraordinary sums of money – even for football.

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