4 Things I Learnt About Women Recently (2min read)

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I attended the annual Power Shift conference at Oxford’s Said business school earlier this week. It’s led by the excellent Professor Linda Scott and focuses on women and the world economy. While there was so much great content, here are the 4 things that stood out for me:

 1)  There’s an app to tell you how women-friendly a business is! Amy-Willard Cross has come up with an awesome app called the “Buy Up Index“(available on iPhone and Android). You type in a company and it grades the company across four categories: employees, ads, leadership and other. I typed in “Nike” and found that they score an “A” overall. They got “A”s for all categories except ads, where they got a “B” (let down by their Hurley brand, which mainly shows male surfers). Check it out. Continue reading “4 Things I Learnt About Women Recently (2min read)”

The 3 Type Of Individuals That Transform Economies

Max Weber (1864-1920), Joseph Schumpeter (1883-1950), Frank Knight (1885-1972)
Max Weber,  Joseph Schumpeter, , Frank Knight

In economics, there has always been a big debate about what drives economic growth. In the end, economists have assumed that positive “shocks” to an economy just kind of happen. However, there have been some thinkers who looked inside the black-box and focused on entrepreneurship. Continue reading “The 3 Type Of Individuals That Transform Economies”

Writers and Traders Are More Similar Than You Think

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(excerpt from my book-in-progress)

It’s easy to separate the “real” economy from the financial world. One makes real things like cars and fridges, while the other manufactures money from money.

This has been a rich theme for authors for centuries. Take the 1900 L.Frank Baum classic the “Wonderful Wizard of Oz”.  The yellow-brick road represented something real, gold. It was the path to follow. Continue reading “Writers and Traders Are More Similar Than You Think”

What Money Cannot Buy

Human red blood cells magnified 1000 times
Human red blood cells magnified 1000 times

I recently came across the work of Richard Titmuss (1907-1973). He was the father of social policy and was known as the ‘high priest of the welfare state’.

His most famous book was his last one called “The Gift Relationship: From Human Blood to Social Policy”In it, he studied what was the most effective method for people to give blood – the market (i.e. paying them) or altruism (i.e. goodness of their own heart). Luckily for him, he had both systems in place in the real world with the US using the market and the UK using voluntary donations.  Continue reading “What Money Cannot Buy”

Dealing With Success And Loss

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One thing is clear in life: there will times of success and there will be times of loss. When I think of the economy, I think of market bubbles and their collapse. When I think of my personal life, I think of times of being “in the zone” and times when I feel I have lost something or someone dear to me. So how to get one’s head around all of this? Continue reading “Dealing With Success And Loss”

No Place Like Utopia

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Doomer, prepper, primitivist, romantic, survivalist, millennialist, catastrophist* : these are all types of people that believe one way or another that civilisation as we know it is coming to an end. Many take the next step and join or set up communities that would survive such an outcome. Dylan Evans was one such person. In 2006, he quit his job as an academic and sold his house to fund the “Utopia Experiment” – a post-apocalyptic styled community in the Highlands of Scotland. Continue reading “No Place Like Utopia”

Imprisoned By Economic Theory, Liberated By Big Bang Theory

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My blog on an alternative view of economic theory turned out to be very popular. So here’s another one in a similar vein, this time it was a speech given to academics and central bankers last summer. It’s a 7 minute read: Continue reading “Imprisoned By Economic Theory, Liberated By Big Bang Theory”

Everything You Learnt Is Wrong

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(Speech given to high school students of Economics last year). Eight minute read.

It’s nice to meet so many fresh-faced budding economists. You haven’t yet become jaded with the subject as you will when you enter the real world. So let me give you a head-start and tell you how even the basics you are learning is wrong. Continue reading “Everything You Learnt Is Wrong”