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 early in May 2017, shortly after the surprise announcement of a UK general election. Several economists and economic research organisations quickly responded to the challenge of providing evidence and expert insights on key election issues – and they have continued to do so following the shock result on 8 June. Standout campaign and post-election contributions include:
- A (CEP) at the London School of Economics (LSE) on real wages and living standards, immigration, Brexit, education and skills, the NHS and social care, industrial strategy, regional policy, energy and the environment. Jonathan Wadsworth has subsequently written about . of election analyses from the
- Briefings by the ’; and one on in the UK’; and their director Paul Johnson has written about . (IFS) on the parties’ plans on tax, health, education, pensions and public sector pay. The IFS has two big post-election public events coming up in July: one on ‘
- The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (. ) followed the CEP and IFS lead with a series of on the UK’s productivity puzzle; regional inequality in productivity and household incomes; NHS funding; agriculture; infrastructure; and the overall economic landscape of the UK. Subsequent reports include
- The published a series on what the manifestos said about international trade. Subsequently, Alasdair Smith has written about the .
Here on Communicating Economics,, formerly a researcher at the IFS and now at The Economist, about her advice for economists looking to reach out to journalists. The interview took place at the Royal Economic Society (RES) , for which I’d invited Soumaya to act as ‘rapporteur’. Her report will appear in the next issue of the RES newsletter; by journalists are here.
We’ve also run three guest columns on Communicating Economics:
- . , who has set up a unique course in Economic Policy and Communication at the New College of the Humanities in London, with
- Economist and long-time Italian Ministry of Finance official . , who asks whether economic researchers have the right
- editor-in-chief Ashok Kotwal and managing editor Nalini Gulati on .
Ideas for India was inspired by other ‘group blogs’ or ‘policy portals’ bringing together contributions by multiple researchers, notably , which in June celebrated its – and which in turn was modelled on Tito Boeri’s in Italy. Other good examples of multi-authored blogs communicating economic research in a way that is accessible and relevant to audiences beyond academia include:
- , a spinoff from VoxEU launched in June, which provides ‘a platform for economists, policy-makers, practitioners, donors, the private sector and others interested in development to discuss key policy issues’.
- , managed by IFS and which ‘aims to disseminate the results of published microeconomic research that either improves the foundations for economic policy-making or furthers our understanding of how economics interacts with the environment we live in’.
- The Economic History Society (EHS) blog, , which includes a range of research presented at the EHS in the spring.
- The suite of , including British Politics and Policy, LSE Business Review and the Impact of Social Sciences blog.
- The Forum, a new policy portal focused on the Middle East and North Africa region, managed by the in Cairo.
Notable posts on some of these blogs over the past month include Neil Monnery discussing his new book – Architect of Prosperity: Sir John Cowperthwaite and the Making of Hong Kong – nicely timed for the twentieth anniversary of the handover of the territory to China. One post speculates whether, based on Hong Kong’s experience, poor countries could ; another focuses on , much admired by Milton Friedman, which underpinned the colony’s economic success.
The flagship publication of the RES, was published last week and includes research reports on regulation of US mortgage lenders before the financial crisis; low-achieving teenagers in France; the ‘cleansing effect’ of recessions; friendship groups among homeless people; economic roots of Jewish persecutions in medieval Europe; and a lot more. ,
Amade by Bob and his Econ Films colleagues at the 2017 annual conference has also been released, including Andrew Scott on 321 years of data on UK government bonds; Nobel laureate Oliver Hart on incomplete contracts; Dan Anderberg on domestic violence; Emilia Del Bono on maternal mental health and early years development; Sergey Nigai on the globalisation backlash; Hilary Hpynes on early years nutrition and long-run health and economic wellbeing; and Gita Gopinath on trade and the dominance of the dollar.
The just publishedfrom CEP, includes articles on home ownership and social mobility; tuition fees in England; US management practices; UK industrial strategy; transport infrastructure; careers advice for students; Italian trash TV and the rise of Silvio Berlusconi; and the economics of a good night’s sleep.
Looking forward, the sixth takes place in August (#LiNoEcon), with 19 Nobel laureates and 350 young economists from around the world due to attend. Bob Denham and I will be there and we’ve already written a piece for the Lindau blog, to aim for audiences for their research findings beyond the ivory tower. The programme is available , and some early video advice from the laureates .
Finally, Martin Wolf at the Financial Times has recommended some ; his colleague Tim Harford has provided advice on the ; and for economic history enthusiasts, there’s an amazing collection of recommended reading .