Archive for January, 2011

There have been several high profile items on happiness in the British media recently. This is probably partly to do with the imminent launch of Action for Happiness (previously to be know as the Movement for Happiness) and partly because of the nonsense idea that 26 January is the unhappiest day of the year (See […]

My introduction to the Birmingham Salon debate on 11 January on whether economic growth is feasible or desirable is available to listen to here. It was particularly interesting to debate a mainstream development economist, Professor Somnath Sen, rather than a self-professed green. His ideas were completely in line with the “growth scepticism” I critique in […]

I will be debating “Prosperity without growth: myth or must?” at a meeting of the Challenging Orthodoxies society of the Manchester University students’ union at 5.15pm on 15 February. Anna Coote of the New Economics Foundation will be one of the other speakers. The event is open to non-students.

It has nothing to do with growth scepticism but readers might be interested in my spiked article on the transformation of the Israel-Palestine conflict over the past two decades.

This is my latest comment from Fund Strategy. Last week’s BBC programme on Britain’s banks and the economic crisis was genuinely important. It provided the public with the opportunity to hear many of the key players involved including bankers, regulators and expert commentators. The programme was also a vivid illustration of the strengths and weaknesses […]

This special edition of “articles of note” groups together some reactionary ideas that are often considered radical nowadays. Clinton is proving that a feminist foreign policy is possible – and works, Guardian, by Madeleine Bunting. The author praises Hillary Clinton’s feminist foreign policy. For more on this theme see posts of 23 August 2009, 9 […]

Skimpy posting

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23 Jan 2011

Apologies for the skimpy posting for the past few days but I have been incredibly busy. Posting is also likely to be erratic over the next few weeks as I have been working on projects which – if they come off – will be exciting. However, I know from experience that such initiatives often fall […]

Those who want to keep up with the latest economics books, admittedly a niche taste, cannot do much better than follow Diane Coyle’s Enlightened Economist blog. The British economics writer somehow manages to read a huge number of books on economics. Those who want to know an overview of the latest forthcoming titles would do […]

There follows my review of Raghuram Rajan’s Fault Lines: How hidden fractures still threaten the world economy (Princeton University Press 2010) in the latest issue of Fund Strategy. The author offers a lucid account of the financial crisis, but his analysis is constrained by conventional economic theory and fails to delve beneath surface events and […]

This is my latest comment from Fund Strategy. One of the most striking features of the global economy in recent years is the performance gap between the developing world and the West. Although the advanced economies are starting from a much higher base, the poorer countries are growing faster. Every year since 2000 emerging and […]