Author Archives for Paul Ormerod

2019 Articles

This year’s Nobel economics laureates have made the world a better place
This year’s Nobel economics laureates have made the world a better place
This year’s Nobel Prize in economics, announced on Monday, was a ray of sunshine amid the prevailing media gloom.   The [...]
October 16, 2019
Forget ‘reparations’, scrapping subsidies is the way to help get Wales back on its feet
Get ready to put your hands deep into your pockets for the boyos and girlos of the Welsh Valleys.  Adam [...]
October 9, 2019
What kind of person crosses the Nevada desert to investigate UFO conspiracies?
What kind of person crosses the Nevada desert to investigate UFO conspiracies?
Area 51 is a mysterious place. Located deep in the Nevada desert, it is home to highly classified US military [...]
October 2, 2019
In such volatile times, the safest assets aren’t necessarily what investors think
In such volatile times, the safest assets aren’t necessarily what investors think
Given the climate of intense uncertainty, the FTSE index remains remarkably resilient. It currently sits almost bang in the middle [...]
September 25, 2019
Britain’s car industry could weather a storm of tariffs better than you’d think
Britain’s car industry could weather a storm of tariffs better than you’d think
The latest American Economic Review contains a timely paper. Keith Head and Thierry Mayer, at the University of British Columbia [...]
September 18, 2019
Watch out fiscal conservatives – the mood has shifted and the spending taps are on
Watch out fiscal conservatives – the mood has shifted and the spending taps are on
The Autumn Spending Review announced by the chancellor Sajid Javid barely raised a ripple last week. Yet the increase planned [...]
September 11, 2019
Economic theory can offer a lesson to struggling football clubs
Economic theory can offer a lesson to struggling football clubs
The expulsion of Bury FC from the English Football League last week continues to generate a huge amount of sound [...]
September 4, 2019
Supply and demand at work, or just good bargaining? The reality behind CEO pay
Supply and demand at work, or just good bargaining? The reality behind CEO pay
A report published by Deloitte a couple of weeks ago will have enhanced the feeling of holiday wellbeing for many [...]
August 28, 2019
Stamp duty contortions and eco-warriors with private jets? Welcome to silly season
Stamp duty contortions and eco-warriors with private jets? Welcome to silly season
August is traditionally the  silly season. Brexit makes this year slightly different, of course, but it is good to see [...]
August 21, 2019
What was behind Friday’s National Grid outage? Network theory, not conspiracy
What was behind Friday’s National Grid outage? Network theory, not conspiracy
National Grid is getting a kicking in the aftermath of last Friday’s electricity blackout. Potential explanations swirl around both social [...]
August 14, 2019