Merry Christmas and happy holidays from the ECON+ team! We want to thank our members, audience and our team for a great year. 2017 is right around the corner and it looks promising. We look forward to improving the economic discussion … Continue reading Season’s Greetings from ECON+
By Pedro Sousa Make no mistake: what is happening between the European Central Bank’s Mario Draghi and the German government is extremely significant for economic growth and wellbeing across the whole of Europe. Mario Draghi, the president of the ECB … Continue reading Draghi Vs Germany: The ECB’s Head Needs To Win The Battle For Growth And The EU’s Survival
By Victoria Collins “We’re not in 2008, we’re not in 2008, we’re not in…” – The title of an email I received from the French financial paper, Les Echos, Thursday afternoon. The adjoining article is about the bearish plunging of the French market which fell 4,05% again on Thursday, having lost 15% since the beginning of the year and 25% since its peak in April 2015. The mantra-like title of the email perfectly sums up the positive attitude we’re trying to talk ourselves into, while being reminded of our not so distant past. Things have changed though right? There’s been … Continue reading “Put your hands up! This is the financial markets” Crisis or not ?
By Pedro Sousa As we examine the state of the global economy, information suggests we are in an era of very limited growth. Larry Summers might be right in describing this as “secular stagnation“. Does this mean we are facing economic crisis in 2016? Maybe not, but the global economy is vulnerable. Nowadays, most OECD governments don’t have the financial muscle to kickstart their economies towards higher growth. Plus, as we have seen within the EU, there is a lack of political union to agree to put more money into the economy. Lack of economic governance is hindering the potential … Continue reading Crisis or not?
By Luisa Porritt Global growth disappointed last year, and market sentiment is being driven by fears it will remain weak or even weaken through 2016. The factors worrying stock market investors are hardly new. For years there has been talk of China suffering from a hard landing, and its transition from a manufacturing-based economy to one that is services oriented is now becoming apparent. Markets are figuring out how to price that shift in and to what extent this will continue to impact global demand. Part of the uncertainty will be around timing: how long will this process take? What … Continue reading Crisis or not?
POLICY FACT SERIES Dig deeper: what does increasing tuition fees really mean for young people English universities tripled their fees from £3,000 to £9,000 as of 2012, because the government opted to transfer the financial burden from public (state funds) … Continue reading #PolicyBlog: what does increasing tuition fees really mean for young people
Season’s Greetings from ECON+! 2015 was an exciting year for ECON+. We brought together young experts to discuss and debate policy making, global economics and international politics through articles written by our members and several events. We made our … Continue reading Season’s Greetings from ECON+!
The Economist cites a study about the difference between female and male desires for success. As equality of opportunity has increased for females, more women are now in full time employment than ever before. However, only 5% of the bosses … Continue reading Policy Fact Series, No. 7: Flexible norms, balanced lifestyles
One of the super powers that economists believe they have is the ability to predict the future. The question whether there will be a Grexit or not is therefore a hot topic at the moment. Let us begin by stating … Continue reading #PolicyBlog Forget Grexit*!?
Good news (for once)! The EU is recovering, writes the Economist. Consumer confidence is higher than in July 2011, growth in manufacturing and services industries is the highest in 4 fours, and the unemployment rate (at 11.3%) is the lowest … Continue reading #PolicyBlog Good news (for once)!