Tag Archives: ECON3

  1. Corbyn’s rail re-nationalisation is the right first policy, but the devil will be in the detail.

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    September 21, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Margaret Thatcher didn’t privatise the railways. Her main intellectual guru on privatisation, Nicholas Ridley, didn’t think they should be privatised. …
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  2. Explaining the Shell – BG Group merger

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    April 20, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Whenever there is a large fall in oil prices, the largest energy extraction firms start sniffing around the smaller ones. …
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  3. Profit caps for private healthcare providers – The wrong answer to a problem that doesn’t exist

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    March 30, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    I wish someone could take Ed Miliband by the lapels and ‘help’ him to understand that demand has to meet supply. …
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  4. Should our water companies ever really be ‘private’ companies?

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    March 14, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    I advise you not to read this whilst eating, or even attempting to digest. The water around you is full …
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  5. More paternity leave isn’t about the money – it requires a massive culture change

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    February 13, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

      There has been much kerfuffle this week about Labour’s plans to double paid paternity leave to four weeks (doubling …
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  6. What to do about the high cost of low price milk?

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    February 7, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    It is often the case that when people ask whether a staple food going down in price is ‘good for …
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  7. Why is there a correlation between immigration and inequality?

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    January 24, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Professor Danny Dorling from Oxford University visited our school this week to talk about inequality. It was the very last thing …
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  8. A level choices are the key to closing the gender pay gap

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    January 4, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    We’ve been debating the gender pay gap in Economics A-level over the past few weeks. In particular, students are asked …
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  9. How do we solve a problem like Food Banks?

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    December 10, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has pointed out that he believes that people going hungry in this country is …
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  10. Why has the fall in unemployment led to a FALL in tax receipts?

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    October 15, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    In a fascinating article for the Times (click here to read), Ed Conway, the economics editor of Sky News, raises …
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  11. When will someone in politics ‘do the right thing’ themselves and insist that the living wage be paid?

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    October 8, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    For the first time in British history, the majority of people classified as living poverty are in work. Low pay …
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  12. Unpicking the mansion tax

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    October 6, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Oh the mansion tax, the mansion tax, the mansion tax….it’s been talked about for a long time and now, given …
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  13. Logical fallacies and why a 50% threshold for a strike ballot should be imposed

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    September 27, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Boris Johnson has raised the issue of strikes that he doesn’t regard as democratic. He points out that at the …
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  14. The collapse of Phones4u gives us a look inside the mobile phone market – and it isn’t pretty

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    September 26, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    The collapse of Phones4u looks, at first, like something that isn’t in consumers’ interest. Given what they were doing, which …
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  15. Kansas tax cuts show that the Laffer curve works both ways

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    September 6, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Being a great fan of seeing economic theory in action, I can’t help revelling in watching what is happening in …
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  16. Why mobile games are the new route to building an all-consuming entertainment brand

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    August 31, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    A great example of how creative industries are changing is the upcoming life cycle of ‘Best Fiends’, a new games …
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  17. Should we be offering free summer holiday meals for the poorest?

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    August 28, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    I yield to no-one in my insistence that the existence of food banks in this country is a stain on …
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  18. Airbnb are winning, but what if the playing field were levelled?

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    August 27, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    As the summer holidays come to an end, I wonder how many of you will have come back from a …
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  19. How strong is the case for nationalising the mobile phone companies?

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    August 23, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Should we renationalise the mobile phone companies? If you had asked me that until about a week ago I would …
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  20. Universities UK tuition fee impact figures should lead to a discussion about what a university education is for

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    August 12, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    So Universities UK published a report recently that is the first proper attempt to analyse the effect of raising university …
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  21. However much profit you make, cashflow is king.

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    July 30, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Cashflow is king for a business. One of the first things that I try and get over to students when …
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  22. Politics above economics in the energy market hurts consumers

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    June 11, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    This should be an article about economics. However, it has an unavoidable political dimension. What is going on in the …
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  23. All eyes on Seattle: A ‘proper’ minimum wage is set at last

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    June 9, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    After a two year campaign driven by low-paid fast-food workers that had galvanised the electorate, Seattle’s newly elected mayor, Ed …
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  24. ‘Collective pensions’: Another step towards defusing our demographic time-bomb?

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    June 2, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    The government have widely trailed an initiative they are intending to put in Wednesday’s Queen’s Speech – to allow workers …
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  25. Regulating the Energy market: Not as easy as it looks

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    June 1, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Ed Miliband was right, and supported by ex-Tory Prime Minister John Major, to highlight that the market for gas and …
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  26. A2 Economics technique focus 6: And finally…the conclusion

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    May 30, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    If you want to be able to access the higher level marks in economics A-level essays, an effective conclusion is …
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  27. A2 exam technique spot 5: selecting the right question

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    May 29, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Whatever exam board you are taking over the next two weeks, the key choice is going to be that of …
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  28. A2 Microeconomics technique spot 4 – How to write the perfect intro

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    May 28, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    There is no hard and fast rule for introductions in essays. The mark schemes don’t actually even mention the word. …
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  29. A2 Economics Micro technique spot 3 – when to use real-world examples

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    May 27, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Another question pupils have is about the use of real-world examples in their essays. This becomes a particularly important issue …
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  30. A2 Economics Micro technique spot 2 – 1st best, 2nd best, 3rd best, 4th best

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    May 26, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Pupils studying competition policy are often trying to get their head around what the regulatory authorities are trying to achieve. …
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  31. A2 Economics Micro technique spot 1 – Use your full toolkit

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    May 25, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Once we turn your focus from the AS economics exams towards A2 we need to adjust our sights a bit. Those of …
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  32. Pfizer – Astrazeneca takeover – the barefaced cheek of Soriot

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    May 14, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    When AstraZeneca Chief Executive Pascal Soriot needs to raise money for investment in new drug development, something he would have to …
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