Archive for June, 2010

The 2009 Ellen McArthur lectures by Professor Nick Crafts of Warwick university – now available to watch as video podcasts – on 250 years of economic growth look set to be fascinating. I have so far watched the first one in which he examines the Industrial Revolution from the perspective of its past and future. […]

It looks like the Institute for New Economic Thinking (see posts of 6, 9 and 17 April 2010) has started to push Capitalism 4.0 (Bloomsbury), Anatole Kaletsky’s new book, hard. According to an interview with Kaletsky on the institute’s site he identifies four versions of capitalism: 1.0  – The original. 2.0  – The New Deal […]

Sean Collins’ review of Ferraris for All on spiked made it on to the new books section of the Arts & Letters website today. I particularly like the blurb: “Historically the left supported growth and mass prosperity. Today, radicals demonize shopping and want limits to economic growth..”.

This is my latest comment from Fund Strategy. The idea that there is a big global debate about economic policy is misleading. Any disagreements are much narrower than generally assumed. From the media it is easy to get the impression that the world is divided between deficit hawks and Keynesian growth enthusiasts. The former are […]

The other oil spill, Economist.  On the green campaign against palm oil. Friction and vested interests in pulp and palm oil production, Jakarta Post, by Bill Durodie. Argues that the campaign against palm oil emanates from the West. China’s export economy begins turning inward, New York Times, by Edward Wong. The Chinese authorities have not […]

It is hardly surprising that a study on the 20th anniversary of the first Human Development Report from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) rejects the importance of economic growth for development. The whole notion of human development, formulated by Amartya Sen and others, is based on a downplaying of material factors. Of course conclusions […]

When I refer to the “happiness movement” in my book it is a slightly jokey way of describing those who argue that happiness should be the over-riding goal for individuals or society. But even before the book is published I find a Movement for Happiness is being launched in Britain. The driving forces behind it […]

Diane Coyle, one of Britain’s best economics writers, has done a post on Ferraris For All on her Enlightened Economist blog. Evidently her forthcoming book, The Economics of Enough, will overlap slightly with mine. Anyone interested in economics should follow her blog as it is one of the few places I know that assiduously tracks […]

The first review of Ferraris For All is by Sean Collins on spiked.

The Enlightened Economy (Yale 2009) by Joel Mokyr, a professor at Northwestern university in Chicago, sounds like a fascinating read. Its theme is evidently the relationship between the Enlightenment and Britain’s Industrial Revolution. According to a review by Edward Glaeser, a professor of economics at Harvard, in The New Republic: “while Mokyr does not claim […]