Columns & Interviews

Adair Turner

Is A Shrinking Population Always A Bad Thing?

Is a shrinking population always a bad thing? Judging by the lamentations of some economists and policymakers in the advanced economies, where people are living longer and birth rates have fallen below replacement levels, one certainly might think … Read More

Dani Rodrik

The Perils Of Economic Consensus

The Initiative on Global Markets, based at the University of Chicago, periodically surveys a group of leading academic economists, of varying political persuasions, on the issues of the day. Its latest roundup asked whether President Barack Obama’s … Read More

Marc Saxer

The Middle Classes In The Vertigo Of Change

Tahrir, Thaksim, Maidan. Hundreds of thousands are protesting around the world. From Tunisia to Thailand, from Ukraine to Egypt, governments are overthrown. The images resemble each other. What do leaders with such vastly different ideologies such as … Read More

Jon Cruddas

The Politics Of Radical Hope

I’ll begin with a story. One that dominates the philosopher Jonathan Lear’s brilliant book, ‘Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation’. It is about the Crow Indians. A story about what happens when the economy of a society is … Read More


Henning Meyer

The Future Of Work – Humans Need Not Apply

I am currently reading a lot on the emergence of a digital society and what it means for the future of work, living and inequality. Especially Jeremy Rifkin's Zero Marginal Cost Society and The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew … Read More

Simon Wren-Lewis

Mario Draghi At Jackson Hole

To understand the significance of yesterday's speech (useful extract from FT Alphaville here), it is crucial to know the background. The ECB has appeared to be in the past a centre of what Paul De Grauwe calls balanced-budget fundamentalism. I … Read More

Simon Wren-Lewis

Balanced Budget Fundamentalism

Europeans, and particularly the European elite, find popular attitudes to science among many across the Atlantic both amusing and distressing. In Europe we do not have regular attempts to replace evolution with ‘intelligent design’ on school … Read More

David Lizoain

Charting Decline In Europe

Two years have passed since Mario Draghi promised to do "whatever it takes" to save the euro. The bond markets have calmed down but the crisis of the euro zone has not yet abated. Isolated pieces of positive information do not automatically imply a … Read More

News & Events

jon cruddas

Progressive Politics For A New Era

Jon Cruddas, Labour MP for Daggenham in East London and Head of UK Labour's Policy Review, describes his idea of progressive politics for a new era. Talking at the RSA, he argues that decisive election victories only come when a party has been able … Read More

Robert Reich

The Politics And Economics Of Inequality

Robert Reich has recently given an inspiring lecture at the Aspen Ideas Festival. This is the Aspen Institue's description of the lecture: Some inequality of income and wealth is inevitable, if not necessary. If an economy is to function well, … Read More

Robert Polin

Community Banking Without Wall Street

In this very interesting interview with the Real News Network Robert Polin, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, explains what the US Fed could do to strengthen local communities 5 years after the Great Recession … Read More