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    Same-sex marriage legislation can change attitudes towards gays and lesbians

Same-sex marriage legislation can change attitudes towards gays and lesbians

Advancements in civil rights for lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals in Europe (as well as the Americas and Australia) have been among the most striking social changes in recent decades. As recently as 2000, same-sex marriage was illegal throughout Europe. At present, same-sex couples can legally marry in 17 European countries while same-sex registered domestic partnerships or civil unions […]

February 4th, 2019|Featured|0 Comments|
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    The Finance Curse: How Global Finance is Making Us All Poorer – Book Review

The Finance Curse: How Global Finance is Making Us All Poorer – Book Review

The Finance Curse: How Global Finance is Making Us All Poorer. Nicholas Shaxson. Bodley Head. 2018.

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Worldwide, millions of people are overwhelmed by finance and its complexity. Simple things like getting a small loan or a mortgage, or even opening a savings account, can have terms and conditions that are complex and confusing, designed to exploit and […]

January 27th, 2019|Book Review|1 Comment|

Robot Rights – Book Review

Robot Rights. David J. Gunkel. MIT Press. 2018.

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The post-human turn in thinking about rights, privileges and agency has resulted in efforts to overturn anthropocentrism in considering both living and non-living things as well as machinic and algorithmic extensions of human beings (see here for a useful overview). However, discussing robot rights has remained, by author David J. […]

January 20th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|

The implications of a no-deal Brexit: is the EU prepared?

Overall, a no-deal Brexit would be disruptive in the short-term:

There would be immediate very significant administrative and logistical challenges in trade. Preparations to reduce those disruptions are underway but are unlikely to be sufficient. But while Most-Favoured Nation tariffs will affect some sectors significantly, the macroeconomic effect on the German economy might not be huge.
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Waiting for a career epiphany

It starts early in life. Family members, teachers and friends enquire, ‘What do you want to do when you grow up?’ The question hounds us. Surely it should be a straightforward decision. Unfortunately, the abundance of career options available can encourage a prolonged state of analysis paralysis.

The New Year is the time when we tend to take stock of […]

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    Ten 2018 posts that help us understand key issues in the technological revolution

Ten 2018 posts that help us understand key issues in the technological revolution

1. How to tackle the spread of misinformation and the problems it causes (December 1)

A report by the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission suggests a way forward, writes Sonia Livingstone

2. Net neutrality in a hyperlinked internet economy (September 18)

The relaxation of net neutrality rules can have important consequences for internet users, write Joan Calzada and Markos Tselekounis

3. When machines become […]

December 28th, 2018|Reading List|0 Comments|
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    The trouble in judging a country’s financial health by the size of its debt

The trouble in judging a country’s financial health by the size of its debt

In the second quarter of 2018 global debt reached a new peak, climbing to 260 trillion dollars ($260,000 billion). At the same time, the global debt to GDP ratio crossed the 320 per cent threshold for the first time. Of that total, 61 per cent (160 trillion) is private debt of the non-financial sector, while only 23 per cent […]

November 30th, 2018|Finance|0 Comments|
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    Brexit is a major and growing source of uncertainty for firms

Brexit is a major and growing source of uncertainty for firms

The majority of businesses in the UK report that Brexit is a source of uncertainty. This column uses survey responses from around 3,000 businesses to evaluate the level and impact of this uncertainty. It finds that Brexit uncertainty has already reduced growth in investment by 6 percentage points and employment by 1.5 percentage points, and is likely to reduce future UK […]

November 23rd, 2018|Economics|0 Comments|

China’s challenge to international tax rules

States are currently struggling to reach global agreement on the taxation of digital firms such as Apple and Google, suggesting that an international regime characterised by impressive coherence over a century may be beginning to fragment. While work on the politics of the international tax regime is still largely preoccupied with the US, a ‘great power’, this fragmentation largely […]

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    Accounting for Capitalism: The World the Clerk Made – Book Review

Accounting for Capitalism: The World the Clerk Made – Book Review

Accounting for Capitalism: The World the Clerk Made. Michael Zakim. University of Chicago Press. 2018.

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Unlike his father, he possessed an uncommon amount of wit, optimism and ambition. After joining a crew to guide a boat down the Mississippi River to trade its onboard shipment at the Port of New Orleans, a young Abraham Lincoln (1809-65) returned to […]

November 11th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age – Book Review

Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age – Book Review

Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age. Nicole Seymour. University of Minnesota Press. 2018.

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Efforts to address climate change sometimes seem to have the quality of a joke about them: lawmakers continue to put their fingers in their ears and pretend ecological devastation is a myth, while their well-meaning colleagues propose solutions that feel like rearranging […]

October 28th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy – Book Review

The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy – Book Review

If you are interested in this book review, you may like to listen to a podcast here of Mariana Mazzucato’s LSE lecture, ‘The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy’, recorded on 23 April 2018. 
The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy. Mariana Mazzucato. Allen Lane. 2018.

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Looking at the things around you, […]

October 14th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Is EU regulation of high frequency trading stringent enough?

Is EU regulation of high frequency trading stringent enough?

High frequency trading (HFT) activity has increased over recent years. In a recent paper, Rene Carmona and Kevin Webster claimed that about 70 per cent of all the transactions in the US equity market were carried out using this tool in 2010, although it is now thought that the percentage in recent years has declined somewhat to around 50-60 […]

October 8th, 2018|LSE alumni|0 Comments|
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    China is investing in developing countries – what is it really up to?

China is investing in developing countries – what is it really up to?

What types of energy does China finance with its development aid?

China has been steadily intensifying its economic and strategic relations with developing countries in recent years. Through deepening trade ties, large-scale infrastructure financing and its ambitious vision to create ‘seamless connectivity’ through three main infrastructure sectors (energy, transport and information and communications technology) across continents through its Belt and […]

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    The potential to automate low-wage jobs in the U.S. and its impact on workers

The potential to automate low-wage jobs in the U.S. and its impact on workers

The extent to which firms can substitute labour with technology is a longstanding question that has grown in policy importance as automation technology spreads to a larger range of jobs. In our forthcoming paper, we contribute to this important issue by quantifying the potential to automate low-wage jobs in the U.S. labour market and examining its impact on low-wage […]

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    The People vs Tech: How the Internet is Killing Democracy (and How We Can Save It) – Book Review

The People vs Tech: How the Internet is Killing Democracy (and How We Can Save It) – Book Review

The People vs Tech: How the Internet is Killing Democracy (and How We Can Save It). Jamie Bartlett. Ebury Press. 2018.

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Technology firms have long been run under a simple rule: scale fast, ask questions later. Over the last thirty years, giddy start-ups have transformed into multi-billion-dollar conglomerates, with the first ever trillion-dollar firm expected to be […]

July 8th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|

The widespread increase in the skills gap across UK regions

Given that the Brexit negotiations are far from reaching a consensus, the potential implications of any deal for skilled migration continue to attract a great deal of attention. Recent research has shown that almost a million EU citizens who work in the UK, many of whom are highly qualified, are planning to leave, all while the UK is already suffering from […]

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    Are high inflation and low growth the effects of Brexit or just a coincidence?

Are high inflation and low growth the effects of Brexit or just a coincidence?

Ben Bernanke, former president of the US Federal Reserve, recounts an interesting exchange with a US senator on September 24 2008, just after he failure of the Lehman Brothers investment bank (in his book, The Courage to Act). The senator “had spoken to small-town bankers, auto dealers and others in his district with knowledge of the ‘real’ US economy. […]

June 2nd, 2018|Economics|0 Comments|
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    Being the boss is not always good: power taints how we interact with others

Being the boss is not always good: power taints how we interact with others

Lord Acton’s quote that “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” probably conforms to most of our experiences with powerful people. People who feel powerful tend to be self-focused, less empathetic, a little more rude or pushy, and just generally difficult to deal with. While most people generally understand that power makes others more difficult to deal with, one […]

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    Rules Without Rights: Land, Labor and Private Authority in the Global Economy – Book Review

Rules Without Rights: Land, Labor and Private Authority in the Global Economy – Book Review

Rules Without Rights: Land, Labor and Private Authority in the Global Economy. Tim Bartley. Oxford University Press. 2018.

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Campaigners have long pushed for legally binding, transnational rules to prevent human rights violations and environmental damage in global supply chains. But they have struggled in vain. While trade agreements increasingly incorporate labour standards, they are rarely enforced. Even […]