Archive for August, 2007

Clive Crook wrote a column in yesterday’s Financial Times praising Gregory Clark¹s history of the world economy (see posts of 7 August 2007 and 1 August 2006). He contrasts Clark¹s work, which emphasises cultural factors, with that of Jared Diamond, who focuses on biology on geography. Crook describes A Farewell to Alms as “bold” and […]

Brendan O’Neill has written a piece on Spiked about the extinction of the Yangtze dolphin in China. He makes the key point that, although the dolphin’s demise may be sad, it has to be set against the enormous advances to humanity from China’s economic development. From this perspective there is no contest: China’s increasing prosperity […]

The economic history of the world by Gregory Clark, a professor of economics at the University of California, Davis, is about to be published by Princeton University Press. When I first wrote about it in my post of 1 August 2006 the book was to be called The Conquest of Nature but the final version […]

There follows a comment by me on the debate about financial globalisation in the latest Fund Strategy (6 August). It refers to a cover story I wrote on the subject There are more misconceptions about globalisation than most other areas. What is more the key features of the global markets and the global economy are […]

For anyone who has wondered why Denmark often comes top in happiness league tables a Times (London) article (31 July) by Barry Turner tries to explain it. The key factors he identifies are trust, a celebration of ordinariness and exclusivity. Politicians and employers are trusted to do the best for the country as a whole. […]

This week’s New Statesman (2 August), a British political weekly, includes several articles on India. The key piece on the Indian economy is a classic of growth scepticism. Randeep Ramesh, the Guardian’s South Asia correspondent, uses India’s massive inequality and poverty as a way of casting doubt on its rapid growth. Using a common formula […]