This post is the latest in a Communicating Economics series outlining what I’ve been reading, writing, attending or thinking about recently.

 

We launched the Communicating Economics website nearly three months ago to coincide with an event at the UK Treasury organised by the Economics Network. The focus was the public’s understanding of economics and the relationship between economists and the media. Our video on how economists can better engage with the public features several of the speakers.

 

In another of our recent videos, Bob Denham talks to Soumaya Keynes, formerly a researcher at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and now a journalist at The Economist, about her advice for economists looking to reach out to media. The interview took place at the Royal Economic Society’s (RES) annual conference in Bristol, for which I’d invited Soumaya to act as ‘rapporteur’ – her report was published in the July issue of the RES newsletter.

 

Also in the latest RES newsletter, Silvana Tenreyro, recently appointed to the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, reports on the gender balance in UK economics departments and research institutes: her headline finding is that only one in every six full-time professors is a woman. And in his latest ‘Letter from Germany’, Michael Burda of Berlin’s Humboldt University writes gloomily about the prospects for a UK economy faced simultaneously with the effects of Brexit and stagnating productivity growth.

 

Understandably, there’s much elsewhere on Brexit, which I’m collecting on Twitter under the hashtag #BrexitDamage. One notable report from The UK in a Changing Europe research programme portrays the chaos that would ensue from ‘no deal’ in the negotiations with the European Union. Another from the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP), together with the Centre for Cities, outlines the economic effects of Brexit on different parts of the UK – which cities will lose and which will lose particularly badly.

 

The summer issue of Advantage magazine from the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick includes research on the fundamental determinants of the UK’s vote for Brexit, as well as pieces on globalisation in the nineteenth century, UK industrial strategy in the twenty-first century, wellbeing though the ages and the impact of free childcare on parents’ working hours.

 

The summer issue of CentrePiece magazine from CEP includes articles on home ownership and social mobility; tuition fees in England; US management practices; UK industrial strategy; transport infrastructure; Italian trash TV and the rise of Silvio Berlusconi; and the economics of a good night’s sleep. And CEP’s Jonathan Wadsworth, formerly of the UK government’s Migration Advisory Committee, has revived his State of Working Britain blog with posts on immigration and public sector pay.

 

At the IFS, US labour economist David Autor delivered a high profile lecture on ‘China shock’ – the economic and political consequences of China’s rise for the United States. And IFS director Paul Johnson presented an Analysis programme for the BBC on minimum wages, which included a contribution from CEP’s director Stephen Machin.

 

I personally have been involved in a couple of reports published in the past month. A team of researchers at the OECD are working on the ‘Great Divergences in wages and productivity across firms. And the European Commission has published the interim report of the High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, which is led by Christian Thimann, formerly at the European Central Bank and now with AXA.

 

Here at Communicating Economics, we’ve published a second guest column by Marianna Koli, who has set up a unique course in Economic Policy and Communication at the New College of the Humanities in London. Her topic this time: why we should think about economic communication as a conversation not just the transmission of complex ideas.

 

Elsewhere on the theme of effective communication of economic research:

Looking forward, the sixth Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences takes place in late August (#LiNoEcon), with 17 #EconomicsNobel laureates (plus a peace laureate and a physics laureate) and around 350 young economists from around the world due to attend. Bob and I will be there and we’ve written a piece for the Lindau blog, encouraging the young researchers to aim for audiences for their research findings beyond the ivory tower. Some of their efforts will appear on the Lindau blog in the days running up to the meeting.

 

Meanwhile, a  series of interviews of economics laureates from UBS is a useful resource on their work; and this piece speculates on who would have won the Nobel Prize in economics if it had been awarded since 1901.

 

Finally, Intelligent Economist has produced a list of the top 100 economics blogs of 2017. And my old friend Ben Heald has launched the 60Months campaign, which will be making the case that the UK’s political system desperately needs to be reviewed and modernised.