Policy & Politics

US lessons for the UK economy

US lessons for the UK economy

US GDP figures out yesterday shed some new light on the outlook for the UK economy. Fourth quarter DGP growth was 3.2% annualised (or roughly…

OBR’s 3 factors influencing business investment

Alongside the Autumn Statement last December, the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) published its Economic and Fiscal Outlook. The report addresses the OBR’s persistent over-optimism…

Net lending to manufacturing down 40%

A tweet and article by Chris Dillow alerted me to the Bank of England net lending figures for manufacturing (which only go back to July 2009)….

Robots and jobs (again)

As an economist, I hate bad data and over interpretation of bad data. And although a picture may say a thousand words, those thousand words…

FT: Business investment key to recovery

FT: Business investment key to recovery

The FT’s leader today focuses on the sustainability of the UK’s fragile recovery. It’s worth a read, but the key points are as follows: …it…

Is a 2014 General Election possible?

Is a 2014 General Election possible?

Not that there’s a big chance, but as the chartering classes like to chatter, the idea is being muted in tweets and blogs (Benedict Brogan…