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I am delighted to be speaking at the Battle of Ideas weekend at the Barbican Centre in London on 22 and 23 October 2016. On the Saturday I will be speaking on a panel on the super-rich and on the Sunday on the debate about social inequality. I will post more details at a later […]

Those who know German would do well to read Zeitgeisterjagd (Hunting the Zeitgeist) by Matthias Heitmann. The German author explores the dire consequences of the spirit of the times we live in. Risk aversion has infused public and private life to such an extent that we think of ourselves as unable to act upon the […]

The following is a blog post I wrote on behavioural economics for the Institute of Economic Affairs website. Anyone who has what might be called an instinct for freedom is likely to baulk at being dictated to by experts. A fundamental liberal principle is that individuals should have the autonomy to make their own decisions […]

This is the original (unedited) version of my latest book review for the Financial Times. Although Yuval Levin is a self-avowed conservative he takes aim at both sides of the US political divide in this perceptive work. The former White House staffer under President George W Bush sees both progressives and conservatives as wallowing in […]

This is my latest comment for IPE magazine. It is a tragedy that a basic truth has been forgotten. The world is going to need huge amounts more energy for everyone to achieve reasonable living standards. Recent World Bank statistics on global poverty make sobering reading. The trend is improving over time, but, in 2012, […]

The video recording of my Berlin Salon debate on “Do we need economic growth?” is now online.

The audio recording of my Berlin Salon debate on “Do we need economic growth?” is now online. It turned out to be a fiery exchange in places.

I do not normally upload work-related articles on to this blog as they are often too technical. However, this comment may be of more general interest. It is from the February issue of IPE. Pension funds and asset managers should focus more on their role of providing retirement income and less on political questions. Indeed, […]

I’ll be back!

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22 Aug 2015

I haven’t updated this website for a while as I’ve been incredibly busy with various tasks. However, I hope to be back before too long.

Since this is my last blog post for Fundweb allow me to indulge a little. I want to try to unravel a debate that has increasingly preoccupied policymakers, as well as myself, in recent years. That is the discussion of excessive inequality. The arguments on the subject can be incredibly frustrating because they are often at cross-purposes. […]