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    Unemployment, reliance on factory jobs and low income explain the Brexit vote

Unemployment, reliance on factory jobs and low income explain the Brexit vote

The UK referendum on EU membership in June 2016 represented a key moment for European integration, and one that academics and political observers are still seeking to understand and explain. In the days running up to the referendum, bookmakers and pollsters had predicted that the ‘remain’ side would win, and, afterwards, many observers were left puzzled about just who […]

Fracking has made US manufacturing more competitive

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In the United States, exploitation of shale gas resources through a technology called hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) started an energy revolution from the early 2000s onwards.

Fracking is now widely used across several major shale gas ‘plays’ (formations): most importantly, the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia (see Figure 1). The surge in shale gas production has made […]