Weekly Political Blog Round Up

Rethinking economics: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

On Crooked Timber, Ingrid Robeyns argues for economics as a moral science. “Economics shouldn’t aspire to be a value-free science, but an intellectual enterprise that combines elements from the sciences with elements from ‘the arts’ done in a manner that makes it value-commitments explicit.”

On Alex’s Archives, Alex Marsh examines the emergence of various groups that are championing a more pluralist approach to economics education. He […]

Disregarded evidence, narrow perspectives and ‘health tourism’: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

Alex Marsh, writing on his Alex’s Archives blog, comments on phase two of the government’s Help to Buy scheme. A “narrow perspective [focused on current indicators] allows the Coalition to press on with Help to Buy 2, even when we are seeing parts of the market clearly overheating.”

Thom Brooks, writing for The Conversation, argues that bad data has been used to underpin the ‘health […]

Social mobility and regressive redistribution: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

James Bloodworth discusses Alan Milburn’s damning report on social mobility in Britain on the Left foot forward blog, arguing that “the drive to improve social mobility and promote ‘equality of opportunity’ is always liable to stall if inequality isn’t tackled”.

On SPERI Comment, Scott Lavery point to a ‘recovery through regressive redistribution’ in Britain. Although there has recently been encouraging growth statistics, “the […]

Economic orthodoxy, fiscal consolidation and gentrification: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

On the SPERI blog, Andrew Gamble argues that conventional wisdom has been little affected by the impact of the financial crash five years ago. The reaction to Ed Miliband’s pledge to freeze energy prices “shows just how resistant to change or challenge the dominant political consensus on ‘economics’ has become”.

Writing on the NIESR blog, Jonathan Portes explores the recent OBR […]

Housing policy, skilled migrants and the paradox of poverty from plenty: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

On the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC) blog, Henry Overman gives his views on Labour’s housing policies.

Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, argues for policies that encourage more women to participate in the workforce on Project Syndicate.

On the NIESR blog, Heather Rolfe takes issue with Ed Miliband’s pledge to ensure that firms that want to bring in a skilled […]

‘Turning a corner’, austerity rhetoric and the Green New Deal: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

News that the economy is finally gathering strength allowed George Osborne to declare with glee that the UK was ‘turning a corner’ and that his austerity programme is working as he promised. On Azizonomics, John Aziz writes that “A tiny uptick after a huge and long depression is barely anything to celebrate. It is a probabilistic certainty that after falling off a cliff […]

Universal Credit, a Zero Hour employer and Coasians: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

Richard Exell at the ToUChstone blog provides a good summary on the NAO’s report on Universal Credit, which slammed the hitherto failure to roll out the scheme, and what went wrong at the DWP.

At the JRF blog, Katie Schmuecker argues that Universal Credit needs to be put on the right track, not abandoned. “Poor implementation and a design that doesn’t […]

Canadian imports, political journalism and pointless jobs: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

Howard Davies, writing for Project Syndicate, discusses the new Bank of England governor and the regulatory structure in the UK. “Though forward guidance is a useful part of the modern central banker’s tool kit, the Anglo-Canadian version on display in London is highly complex, mainly because it has been shoehorned into a policy framework designed for another purpose”

In the wake […]