Archive for December, 2010

Judging by the two extracts in the Guardian (here and here ) the new book from Gordon Brown, until recently Britain’s prime minister, is classic growth scepticism. On the one hand, Beyond the Crash talks effusively about the need for economic growth. On the other hand his support for growth is highly conditional and his […]

Hans Rosling, professor of international health at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, shows how economic growth is strongly associated with rising life expectancy over the longer term (see 13 June 2010 post for more on Gapminder). His BBC 4 documentary on the Joy of Stats is broadcast today in Britain.

Ben Hunt has written an excellent critique of behavioural economics for Fund Strategy magazine.

This is my latest comment from Fund Strategy. The sour response to England’s failure to win the 2018 World Cup bid suggests that many people in Britain are out of touch with the modern world. Such parochialism has damaging consequences which go far beyond football. Many commentators seem to believe that England has an almost […]

Africa needs growth, not pity and big plans, Wall Street Journal, by Matt Ridley. Africa needs aid, not flawed theories, Wall Street Journal, by Bill Gates. Ridley and Gates debate the problems of Africa and climate change. Beyond ‘dangerous’ climate change: emission scenarios for a new world, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, by […]

Ekaterina Mitiaev, a consultant to the Hunger Project, has summarised my critique of cultural approaches to development in an article in the Wecoemp (women economic empowerment) review (p18-20). She is sympathetic towards my critique and critical of narrow conceptions of empowerment. For Mitiaev the notion of empowerment should be defined in broader terms: “The Hunger […]

Radio listeners outside Britain can now listen to the BBC World Service version of Peter Day’s “Growing Pains” programme featuring me as the voice of growth.

My interview by Katherine Mangu-Ward in the December issue of Reason, an American libertarian magazine, is now available online.