Archive for January, 2010

Anyone who still believes the global elite consists of fire-breathing market fundamentalists should look at the programme for this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos. One of the main themes of this year’s event at the exclusive Swiss ski resort was sustainability with other sessions on business ethics, the economics of happiness, rethinking values and […]

Janice Turner, a Times (London) columnist, does a good job of showing how British society has become less tolerant towards obesity at the same time as it has become more tolerant towards gays. The welcome news that homosexuality is more widely accepted was contained in the annual British Social Attitudes survey. But, as Turner astutely […]

Spiked has published a review by me looking at three American growth sceptic books. It is essentially an introduction to some of the key themes of my new book.

There is little new in yesterday’s New Economics Foundation (NEF) report arguing growth isn’t possible apart from its vivid metaphor about giant hamsters. The report draws an analogy between a hamster rapidly gaining in weight and the dangers of economic growth: “From birth to puberty a hamster doubles its weight each week. If, then, instead […]

This is my comment from this week’s Fund Strategy. Last week saw the most decisive intervention so far in the economic debate leading up to the election but it did not come from a politician. Instead Mervyn King, the governor of the Bank of England, endorsed the need for austerity as pivotal to dealing with […]

A new study by two prominent economists argues that global poverty has plummeted since 1970. Maxim Pinkovskiy of MIT and Xavier Sala-i-Martin of Columbia university use the percentage of the population living on less than $1 a day (in 2000 dollars adjusted for purchasing power parity) as their benchmark. According to their article on the […]

Duncan Green of Oxfam describes in his blog a meeting in London organised by CEECEC and the New Economics Foundation to discuss “degrowth”. The idea was inspired by Serge Latouche in France, where it is known as décroissance, and it also has followers in Italy (where it is called decrescità ) and Spain. Green criticises […]

Real Clear Markets has published my latest comment from Fund Strategy.

This is my comment from this week’s Fund Strategy. Arguably China came of age last week. After more than three decades of rapid economic growth it achieved the titles of the world’s largest exporter and the world’s biggest car producer. This was an enormous achievement. Back in 1978, when its rapid growth began, China was […]

Rob Killick explains on his blog how economic development could have hugely reduced the human impact of the earthquake in Haiti. Rich countries are far better able to cope with such events than poor ones.