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Chancellors are human.... 18/06/15

Chancellors are human....

Economist Geraint Johnes worries that Chancellor George Osborne's plan for a "lock" on taxes and borrowing will "wrap the country in chains".

Bank of England Inflation report bullish about productivity 18/06/15

Bank of England Inflation report bullish about productivity

Economist Geraint Johnes offers his view on the Bank of England's latest inflation report, which he says "comes to terms with reality" while remaining "starry eyed". 

National Lottery changes could make it 'too difficult' 17/06/15

National Lottery changes could make it 'too difficult'

Economist Ian Walker quoted in an article in the Express, arguing that the move to add more balls to the draw will lengthen the odds.

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'Suspiciously timed' trade disputes 16/06/15

'Suspiciously timed' trade disputes

Do US Presidents pursue international trade disputes to win votes? In an article published on the VOX CEPR website, LUMS economist Maurizio Zanardi and others argue that they do.

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Why the UK government is willing to take a loss on RBS 12/06/15

Why the UK government is willing to take a loss on RBS

Mark Shackleton and Kim Kaivanto argue that the Government's decision to sell its stake in RBS will level the playing field with other banks.

The productivity puzzle 27/05/15

The productivity puzzle

Professor Geriant Johnes was interviewed on Share Radio recently, discussing the UK's poor productivity, and what it really means for the economy.

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Premier league fans want big names, not unpredictability 21/05/15

Premier league fans want big names, not unpredictability

A LUMS economist has found that British TV audiences are less interested in watching competitive matches than they once were, instead favouring top talent.

Economics Taster Days offer glimpse of LUMS life 12/05/15

Economics Taster Days offer glimpse of LUMS life

Prospective students thinking about studying economics at university will have the chance to try it for a day in two upcoming events organised by Lancaster University Management School.

"Familiarity, not unpredictability" key for Premier League audiences 11/05/15

"Familiarity, not unpredictability" key for Premier League audiences

The Guardian's Sean Ingle discusses research conducted by LUMS economist Rob Simmons and Liverpool University's Babatunde Buraimo, which suggests that fans prefer big names over competitive matches. 

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