Economy

Can Twitter sentiment predict stock market behaviour?

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There are some positive indications, but this relationship is neither linear nor simple, writes Francesco Corea.

The stock markets are an incredibly competitive environment and nowadays hedge funds and investment managers are rushing to find innovative ways to produce profits for their investors and their institutions. In addition to therefore understanding the impact of macroeconomic events or regulatory constraints on […]

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    News of defence spending changes the economic behaviour of people and firms

News of defence spending changes the economic behaviour of people and firms

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The expectation of changes in defence spending accounts for a non-negligible share of US output fluctuations, write Nadav Ben Zeev and Evi Pappa.

Announced changes in US public spending on defence have a significant impact on the economic behaviour of firms and households. In particular, anticipated increases in defence spending induce a significant and persistent increase in output, hours worked, […]

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    Adam Posen: ‘There are many echoes between Brexiteers and the Trump way of thinking’

Adam Posen: ‘There are many echoes between Brexiteers and the Trump way of thinking’

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Adam S. Posen has worked for central banks on both sides of the Atlantic – the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England – and has written extensively about fiscal and monetary policies, Japan, the Eurozone and the US. Since 2013 Mr Posen has been the president of the think-tank Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE.) He is currently concerned […]

October 5th, 2017|Economy|0 Comments|
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    The Bombardier-Boeing dispute goes to the heart of the debate over what constitutes state aid and price dumping

The Bombardier-Boeing dispute goes to the heart of the debate over what constitutes state aid and price dumping

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In recent weeks the US Department of Commerce has threatened to slap a 220 percent tariff on to sales of C-series jets manufactured by the Canadian company, Bombardier. Boeing has alleged that Bombardier – which also employs thousands in Northern Ireland – has received generous state aid from the Canadian government, and is selling its jets below cost. Hervé […]

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    A generous welfare state can help reduce unemployment – if there are good job opportunities for the jobless.

A generous welfare state can help reduce unemployment – if there are good job opportunities for the jobless.

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Are state unemployment benefits a safety net or a hammock for the lazy? In new research, Thomas Biegert explores the effects of benefits on job seekers in 20 European countries and the US. He finds that in some countries, generous benefits are linked with high unemployment rates, while in others, the opposite is the case. This difference, he […]

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    Income inequality has been growing for decades and Americans are taking note

Income inequality has been growing for decades and Americans are taking note

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While inequality has always been with us, in the US it has reached unprecedented levels. But, are Americans aware of this increasing inequality? In new research, William W. Franko finds that how people experience income inequality can be shaped by how their state has experienced it, and that overall the public are aware of the extent to which it […]

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    Book Review: Crisis and Sustainability: The Delusion of Free Markets by Alessandro Vercelli

Book Review: Crisis and Sustainability: The Delusion of Free Markets by Alessandro Vercelli

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In Crisis and Sustainability: The Delusion of Free Markets, Alessandro Vercelli argues that the concepts of freedom which underpin neoliberal economics are at odds with those required for a sustainable future. The book offers a thorough overview of neoliberal economic history but, in paying only scant attention to the politics of sustainability, Chris Shaw finds this something of a […]

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    Book Review: A Little History of Economics by Niall Kishtainy

Book Review: A Little History of Economics by Niall Kishtainy

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In A Little History of Economics, Niall Kishtainy details the complex trajectory of economics from ancient Greece to the present, drawing on a wealth of historical knowledge, illuminating anecdotes and examples as well as imaginative metaphors to trace the evolution of economic thinking. But, asks Madeline McSherry, where are the women in this history? 

A Little History of Economics. Niall […]

Digital labour markets: The hard questions

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They have potentially positive and negative effects; it’s important to debunk some of the hype and rhetoric, writes Cristiano Codagnone.

In 1770 Wolfgang von Kempelen presented a sort of robot called the Turk (hidden inside there was, in reality, a person operating it) that could beat humans at playing chess. The robot toured Europe, eliciting contrasting reactions about the future […]

The US should not roll back financial regulation

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The Dodd-Frank Act is not perfect, but it’s a framework that can mitigate systemic risks, writes Markus Demary.

In the United States, the House of Representatives has passed the Financial CHOICE Act (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs Act). This bill is intended to replace the financial market regulation of the Obama era, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street […]

September 10th, 2017|Economy, Markus Demary|0 Comments|
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