Category: Applied economics

The UK government should still be cutting corporation tax, not raising it

Corporation tax hikes are apparently back on the agenda for the March Budget, with the Financial Times suggesting that the Chancellor believes it would be fair to ask businesses for more after taxpayer support during pandemic. This argument might score a few points with focus groups and play well on social media, but it is … Continue reading The UK government should still be cutting corporation tax, not raising it

Why has the UK economy been among the worst hit by Covid?

According to the latest official data, the UK has seen a much larger fall in GDP during the pandemic than almost any country in Europe. The worst hit economies are actually Greece and Spain. But the UK appears to have suffered much more than France, Germany, Italy, or Sweden. This needs some explaining. Let’s deal … Continue reading Why has the UK economy been among the worst hit by Covid?

The Economics of Covid and Brexit

Here's an online presentation I gave today (15th January) to A-level students of economics and politics, and their teachers. On Covid, topics include: why might state intervention be needed? should we put a price on a human life? why has UK GDP been hit relatively hard? what will be the long-term economic impacts? how much … Continue reading The Economics of Covid and Brexit

The UK economy will bounce back this year – here’s why

I often think my fellow economists are a miserable bunch. Survey after survey has predicted that the UK economy will take years to recover even to pre-Covid levels, with unemployment set to spiral and the fallout from Brexit only getting worse. But as we know, the consensus among followers of the ‘dismal science’ has often … Continue reading The UK economy will bounce back this year – here’s why