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”

Is Trump’s tariff war on China a threat to the U.S economy?

By Ellie Westhorpe

Since July 2017, both the U.S and China have been locked in an escalating trade battle as the two largest economies fight for world dominance. Rather than trying to diminish trade barriers worldwide, Trump’s administration has worked to seal the United States behind vast protectionist measures, imposed by Trump’s new nationalist agenda. Continue reading “Is Trump’s tariff war on China a threat to the U.S economy?”

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?”

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”

Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking: The Limits of Orthodox Economics

By Lea Sixtl

The academic discipline is dominated by mainstream economics. Orthodox economics. Is there space for criticism? As it is so strongly encouraged within the academic environment: “Think critically”, they say, but all that is taught is one school of thought. A thought the majority of the crowd accepts, not daring to step outside the box and start criticising the white (wild) west.

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A Conversation With… Tata Vareekasem

Economics at UEA has a successful Peer Assisted Learning system (PAL), engineered by our very own Head of School: Emiliya. Reflecting staff-student partnership, we are now looking at widening the scheme to ensure more students can benefit. The School has highly successful student support and continues to find new ways to help students develop and maximise their potential. We asked one of our PAL student mentors, Tata Vareekasem, about his experience after his successful involvement in the National PAL Conference.

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