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One of the big ideas of the time is the notion of a Universal Basic Income (UBI). In this case, the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA) is proposing that...

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£10K for everyone aged under 55 - Economics of a Universal Basic Income

Proof of the dynamic nature of the Chinese economic growth miracle. Dongguan used to be a labour-intensive manufacturing base synonymous with the label Made in China. Now it is fast...

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From Made in China to a Hub for Robotics - Changing Cities

This collection of 12 example essays explores how to answer synoptic essay questions in linear A Level Economics exams.

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Synoptic Example Essays (Volume 1) for A Level Economics

Examiners love good examples of contestable markets where emerging rivals disrupt the market power of established firms. Aldi and Lidl are continuing to grow rapidly. Lidl has recently opened its 70...

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Contestable Markets: Lidl and Aldi continue their rapid growth
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Kenya has developed a comparative advantage in growing and processing cut flowers. Kenya is the largest supplier of cut flowers to the European Union & flower farming accounts for about 40%...

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Environmental cost of Kenya's cut flower export industry

This is a quite superb article for students wanting a great example of an increasingly contestable market - namely transatlantic travel. Can the fast-growing Norwegian Airlines achieve commercial sustainability in...

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Contestable Markets: Norwegian Airlines takes on the Transatlantic Carriers

This is a brilliant story, though it may do Sainsbury's reputation no favours. Two cards, looking pretty much identical, one 'For my husband' and one 'For my wife'. All very...

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St Valentine's price discrimination

A Half Term Hat Tip to Pete Shelley for spotting this enrichment piece from BBC Radio on the economic policies of Donald Trump.

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The Invisible Hand of Donald Trump

“Pork barrel” has been a theme in American politics for almost as long as the United States has existed.  Many members of Congress work hard to secure public works projects,...

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Pork Barrel Politics and the Principal Agent Problem
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This FT clip looks at the post-Brexit options facing the UK, arguing that advisers are looking at whether it might be possible to enter a customs union with the EU.

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Brexit: Customs Union or Customs Arrangement?

Traffic data firm Inrix has released a report attempting to detail the impact of road congestion in the UK.  Their 2017 Congestion scorecard is available here.  According to their statistics, the...

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Congestion in UK cities - 'Ranking Activity'
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Whilst the seems mired in a Brexit-inspired political morass, a number of Balkan countries are taking important steps towards accession to the European Union. EU enlargement is back on the...

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Balkan nations lined up for EU membership
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This is a vivid and powerful four minute read on the negative externalities from copper mining in Zambia and the story of one man growing up in what rapidly became...

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Poverty and Pollution: Growing up in the world's most polluted cities
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If, like me, you have been enjoying the recent adverts by online estate agency Purplebricks (apologies to anyone who only streams content these days, TV advertising must seem very yesterday)...

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The Estate Agent market becomes more contestable despite recent criticism of Purple Bricks

A report released by think tank 'Centre for Cities' has suggested that the impact of job losses from continued automation in the UK economy will not be felt equally around...

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Impact of further automation on jobs is uneven throughout the UK - 'Higher or Lower' activity
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BBC Newsnight investigates the data mining that goes on in unearthing crypto-currencies. I'm still trying to get my head around all of this!

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How does Bitcoin mining work?
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Rogoff is interviewed here on fragility in the financial system and the risks posed by higher interest rates in the USA and Europe. And then there is China ....

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Rogoff On The Next Financial Crisis And The Future Of Bitcoin

Some comparative analysis of European energy use, with the UK seeing a 9% reduction in use over the last seven years, as the rest of the EU is still seeing rises....

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Energy Economics - UK Electricity Use Falls

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