This post is the second of a Communicating Economics series outlining what I’ve been reading, attending or thinking about over the past week or so.
The UK general election is in full swing with the official party manifestos likely to be published over the coming week. To help journalists analyse the parties’ policy proposals (if any!),and I have pulled together a directory of over 65 economists available to provide evidence and expert insights.
Economists who haven’t yet signed up are welcome to join us. Journalists who would like to see the list of researchers with their areas of expertise and contact details, please do get in touch with via email or Twitter. Diane has also set up this of our election economists who are on Twitter.or
- Tony Yates comments on a proposed ‘. ’
- Paul Johnson, director of the ‘add up’. (IFS), responds to the numerous requests he’s had to say whether
- Some of his IFS colleagues have looked at Labour’s proposals to , to boost by reversing corporate tax cuts, and to provide for all primary school pupils.
- And both Labour and the Conservatives have promised to raise the , the impact of which has been analysed by the IFS.
As its first contribution to election analysis, the r, which shows them falling once again after modest growth in 2015 and 2016 – what some will no doubt refer to as the first instalment of the Brexit pay cut.(CEP) at the London School of Economics (LSE) has published its latest update on UK
Away from the election, Alvin Birdi and Ashley Lait at thehave summarised their at the UK Treasury on the public’s understanding of economics, how economic literacy might be improved, and the relationship between economists and the media. Their colleague Martin Poulter has ‘ ’ the tweets around the event.
This week has also seen several posts on drawing on research presented at the Economic History Society (EHS) earlier this spring. As well as being fascinating summaries of a range of topics, they are good examples of how economic historians can make their work accessible and relevant to audiences beyond academia:and
- The long-run tendency of wealth to concentrate in a few hands – a 700-year by Guido Alfani.
- What the can teach us about investment and financial decision-making by Janette Rutterford and Dimitris Sotiropoulos.
- The ineffectiveness of in the 1960s and 1980s by David Clayton and David Higgins.
- in the Middle Ages: Profit and philanthropy in medieval Cambridge by Catherine Casson and colleagues.
- And Brexit, globalisation and by Jim Tomlinson.
Finally, I spent part of the past week in France with the team writing the interim report of the European on sustainable finance, and was struck by how upbeat the national mood felt after the presidential election – a little reminiscent of the UK twenty years ago. Emmanuel Macron, of course, faces big challenges as laid out by Philippe Legrain, by Philippe Aghion and by Dani Rodrik, but at least he has some economic experts among his advisers – their columns on VoxEU are outlined . For the UK’s financial sector, his election could prove to be not such good news, as economic historian Janette Rutterford explains . More of such historical insights on contemporary economic and political issues are on the new EHS blog, .