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How Scotland could be better off without its big banks, Chunomics

How Scotland could be better off without its big banks

Scotland’s banks have vast balance sheets, worth more than twelve times the country’s £150bn GDP. The fiscal position of an independent Scotland could look better if they did re-domicile.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Friday, 12 September 2014 at 10:58 am

Are the Scots really sucking up a massive subsidy?, Chunomics

Are the Scots really sucking up a massive subsidy?

Public service spending per head in Scotland is is higher than in England. But it’s lower than in Northern Ireland and some English regions.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 10 September 2014 at 12:27 pm

How profligate was Labour by international standards?, Chunomics

How profligate was Labour by international standards?

By citing the OECD view of the size of the structural deficit in 2007, and then sticking to the IFS narrative on the pace of austerity the Treasury seems to be guilty of cherry picking.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 9 September 2014 at 4:47 pm

How has the picture of the UK economy changed?, Chunomics

How has the picture of the UK economy changed?

The Conservatives will claims this upgrade as a vindication of their economic strategy. Critics will point out that growth would have been still higher without George Osborne’ front-loaded fiscal austerity. No change there then.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 3 September 2014 at 1:37 pm

Britain’s trade headache could be about to get worse, Chunomics

Britain’s trade headache could be about to get worse

Net trade could easily slip from making zero contribution to growth to being an outright drag over the coming years.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Friday, 8 August 2014 at 1:51 pm

What’s really happening to rents?, Chunomics

What’s really happening to rents?

Rents have been rising in real terms according to HomeLet, even though the Office for National Statistics says they are becoming more affordable. Why the divergence?

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 29 July 2014 at 7:55 pm

Paul Fisher: the full transcript, Chunomics

Paul Fisher: the full transcript

I’ve interviewed Paul Fisher, who this month attended his final Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee meeting. He is now deputy head of the Bank’s Prudential Regulation Authority.

Here’s the full transcript below for those who are interested in monetary policy and financial regulation.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 23 July 2014 at 12:01 am

Those incredible spending cuts continued…, Chunomics

Those incredible spending cuts continued…

The collective day-to-day spending of all those other departments – Business, Home Office, Justice, Environment, Culture etc – would fall from £94.6bn in 2011/12 to just £29.7bn in 2018/19. That’s a real terms cut of 70%.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Monday, 7 July 2014 at 2:09 pm

Austerity is set to make poverty worse, Chunomics

Austerity is set to make poverty worse

Two-thirds of children in poverty are from households where at least one parent is in work, compared to only two-fifths in 1996.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 1 July 2014 at 4:43 pm

Is business investment really back this time?, Chunomics

Is business investment really back this time?

I think it’s reasonable to hope business investment growth will, this time, be sustained. But after the disappointments of recent years we should be wary of taking anything for granted.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Friday, 27 June 2014 at 11:40 am

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