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Resurgence Festival of Wellbeing

Edward Skidelsky, co-author of ‘How Much is Enough? Money and the Good Life’ will be speaking on Saturday 12th October at the Resurgence Festival of Wellbeing, on the possibility of…

The Russian Janus

Russia presents two opposing faces to the world: one menacing, the other benign. Both have now combined, somewhat unexpectedly, to break the momentum carrying the United States, and possibly other…

John Kerry’s Tricky Bid

In Why You Lose at Bridge (the funniest book about bridge ever written), my uncle, S. J. Simon, advised players to aim “not for the best possible result, but the best result…

Why does our service economy offer such bad service?

By Robert Skidelsky and Nan Craig New Statesman Britain is a service economy with a lot of lousy services. The paradox is easily explainable. Service and cost-cutting are contradictions in…

Real Wages and Unemployment

This week, the British Labour Party has launched a new attack on the government on falling living standards. Real wages have been falling consistently since the coalition took power; OBR…

Economic Rebalancing Acts

We all know how the global economic crisis began. The banks over-lent to the housing market. The subsequent burst of the housing bubble in the United States caused banks to…

Austere Illusions

The doctrine of imposing present pain for future benefit has a long history – stretching all the way back to Adam Smith and his praise of “parsimony.” It is particularly…

Markets and Morals

On 23rd May the Centre for Global Studies hosts a symposium on the theme of how we can reconcile market economics with morality. Each session will involve presentations on the…

The Rise of the Robots

What impact will automation – the so-called “rise of the robots” – have on wages and employment over the coming decades? Nowadays, this question crops up whenever unemployment rises. In…

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