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The Shackle Economy of Brazil
Policy

The Shackle Economy of Brazil

Slavery is a sensitive subject in Brazil. It is an issue almost as old as the country itself. Over the course of 400 years, Brazil imported around four million slaves from the African continent, and its economic structure was thoroughly dependent on the process. Some historians also argue that the treatment of slaves in Brazil...
We Keep Harping on about GDP. But It Doesn’t Really Tell Us Much.
It's the Economy, Policy, Uncategorized

We Keep Harping on about GDP. But It Doesn’t Really Tell Us Much.

Whenever politicians promise to deliver ‘growth’, they are often exclusively referring to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  But economies are complex - they are made up of individuals and institutions each with their own interests. Can this one indicator accurately reflect all that complexity? The concept of GDP emerged from the 1930s Great Depression. Influenced by...
Brexit: The Ultimate FOMO
Perspective, Uncategorized

Brexit: The Ultimate FOMO

This week the referendum debate reached peak ridiculousness, with an ‘epic naval showdown’ between the Brexiter’s champion Nigel Farage and fundraiser extraordinaire Bob Geldolf on the Thames – the heart of the ‘Remain stronghold’ of London. This latest debacle is unsurprising; both campaigns have been plagued with showmanship, scare-mongering and complete falsehoods – in other…

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