Author Archives for Paul Ormerod

2019 Articles

Retailers beware, the online shopping revolution isn’t going anywhere
Retailers beware, the online shopping revolution isn’t going anywhere
Another week, another retailer biting the dust. The baked potato specialist Spudulike has closed all 37 of its branches, with [...]
August 7, 2019
A gender equality lesson for the new cabinet from the world of academia
A gender equality lesson for the new cabinet from the world of academia
There has been much discussion on the gender and ethnic composition of Boris Johnson’s cabinet. The Channel 4 Fact Check [...]
July 31, 2019
Citizens’ assemblies would hand power to establishment experts
Citizens’ assemblies would hand power to establishment experts
Citizens’ assemblies have become the height of fashion. The London borough of Camden is currently holding one on how to [...]
July 24, 2019
Relax, the UK (probably) isn’t heading for recession
Relax, the UK (probably) isn’t heading for recession
Immediate fears of a recession in the UK economy were eased last week with the latest Office for National Statistics [...]
July 17, 2019
In the case of sugar, the nanny state really does know best
In the case of sugar, the nanny state really does know best
Boris Johnson created a furore last week by announcing that he was considering getting rid of the so-called sugar tax.  [...]
July 11, 2019
The left’s support for university students is fuelled by political self-interest
The left’s support for university students is fuelled by political self-interest
Why do left-wing politicians want to shower money on privileged members of society? In general, university students have a higher [...]
July 3, 2019
Tragedy awaits if we don’t bridge the gap between beliefs and reality in the NHS
Tragedy awaits if we don’t bridge the gap between beliefs and reality in the NHS
A tragic story over the weekend revealed how a man who died of lung cancer was failed abysmally by the [...]
June 26, 2019
If you’re panicking about a spike in oil prices, look to history for a silver lining
If you’re panicking about a spike in oil prices, look to history for a silver lining
The tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman have raised fears of a sharp increase in the price of oil. [...]
June 19, 2019
The rental economy is blossoming, but it could spell trouble for manufacturers
The rental economy is blossoming, but it could spell trouble for manufacturers
My son recently had a holiday in Greece. His experience at Gatwick airport made it particularly interesting – which is [...]
June 12, 2019
From taxes to cats, Theresa May’s government has been an affront to Conservative ideology
From taxes to cats, Theresa May’s government has been an affront to Conservative ideology
Theresa May has finally announced her resignation. How can we capture the flavour of her tenure in office? This can [...]
May 29, 2019
Puzzled over Australia’s shock election result? Economics can help explain
Puzzled over Australia’s shock election result? Economics can help explain
The surprise of the week was the re-election of the centre-right Coalition government in the Australian General Election. The Labor opposition [...]
May 22, 2019
From ticket prices to stellar salaries, you can’t take the economics out of football
From ticket prices to stellar salaries, you can’t take the economics out of football
The appearance of Liverpool and Spurs in the Champions League final and Arsenal and Chelsea in the Europa Cup one has [...]
May 15, 2019
It’s not cutting-edge AI we should feel anxious about, but mediocre automation
It’s not cutting-edge AI we should feel anxious about, but mediocre automation
If there were a betting market in future winners of the Nobel prize in economics, MIT’s Daniel Acemoglu would be [...]
May 8, 2019
Extinction Rebellion hates capitalism, but these climate change protesters wouldn't exist without it
Extinction Rebellion hates capitalism, but these climate change protesters wouldn't exist without it
The Extinction Rebellion protesters on the streets of London seemed to consist of two disparate interest groups: pensioners and the young. [...]
May 1, 2019