Category Archives: Macroeconomics

Pandenomics – 15 ways that Covid-19 could change the world

The Covid-19 pandemic leaves us wrestling with a callous calculus: a crude and capricious trade-off between the tragic and huge loss of life and the many more livelihoods that will be lost. We are nowhere near knowing how bad it … Continue reading

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GDP – a Digital Remix

  In a recent article for Project Syndicate, I argue that more than a decade after the global financial crisis, macroeconomists have failed to absorb three crucial sets of lessons. The models that most are using are still struggling to … Continue reading

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Time for Macroeconomics to be Remastered

A decade on from the financial crisis, economists have still to learn three crucial sets of lessons. Continue reading

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The Great Disruption

The Great Disruption is the apposite title of Project Syndicate’s magazine for 2019. It explores the implications of the political fallout out from the financial crisis, globalisation, technological change and rising inequality. I was privileged to step into the panel … Continue reading

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Forecasting is Fallible, But Necessary

In my first piece for Project Syndicate I build on my earlier post on the lessons for economic forecasters.  The subtitle of their post prompted some questions about the usefulness of big data. There’s no doubt that economic forecasters can … Continue reading

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Machine, Platform, Crowd – Book Review

Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson have done it again. ‘Machine, Platform, Crowd’ is a lucid and timely exploration of three powerful trends unleashed by the digital revolution. They describe the ‘three rebalancings’: first, as machine learning either complements or supplants … Continue reading

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Confessions of an Economic Forecaster

Economists’ forecasts are notoriously inaccurate. This fallibility is hardly a great surprise given that we live in an irretrievably uncertain world. So why do we keep doing it? What can we learn? Here are my eighteen secrets and myths about the … Continue reading

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