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Category Archives: Fiscal stimulus

The economic recovery is close to flatlining

 Economic recovery appears to have come close to a halt in the major industrialised economies, with falling household and business confidence affecting both world trade and employment, according to new analysis from the OECD. Growth remains strong in most emerging economies, albeit at a more moderate pace.   “Growth is turning out to be much slower than we thought three … Continue reading

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Fiscal tightening is endangering global recovery says UN organisation

The Trade and Development Report 2011: Post-Crisis Policy Challenges in the World Economy, released yesterday by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), argues that a shift from fiscal stimulus towards fiscal tightening is self-defeating, especially in the most developed economies which were severely hit by the financial crisis. In such a situation, a restrictive fiscal policy may … Continue reading

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UK austerity measures “unsustainable” says George Soros

George Soros, the billionaire investor and hedge fund manager, gave his views on the UK’s economic policy at the World Economic Forum in Davos in Switzerland yesterday. He is quoted as saying that although he thought the UK government was right to start making cuts he also thought the plans would have to be modified. He said: “I don’t think … Continue reading

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What is the matter with them?

I have just recovered from the Budget this week, as it was even worse than I had anticipated. I keep writing in my blogs that extreme austerity packages are going to damage the economy but George Osborne is just not listening. What’s the point of me writing all this if he is not taking a blind bit of notice. I … Continue reading

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“Even worse than we thought.”

This was David Cameron’s take on the UK’s economic situation over the weekend. He said that painful cuts would have to be made which would affect “our whole way of life”. He also added that: “Because the legacy we have been left is so bad, the measures to deal with it will be unavoidably tough …” His argument was that … Continue reading

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Growth to pick up in OECD countries

The latest OECD Economic Outlook says that GDP is projected to rise by 2.7% this year and 2.8% in 2011, across the OECD countries. Previous forecasts last November expected growth this year to by only 1.9% and 2.5% next year. Whilst economic activity is picking up faster than expected, the OECD warned that sovereign debt markets and overheating in emerging-market … Continue reading

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I’m expecting a call from the Queen at lunchtime

Well to be strictly accurate it will be from the Queen’s Head. I’m meeting Skipper Harrison and some of the lads down there for a celebratory drink. We’re used to late night sittings, so this running the country stuff should be a bit of a doddle. The first thing we will have to do is choose a cabinet. I know … Continue reading

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Shock cut in bingo duty

A reduction in bingo duty from 25% to 20% was the centrepiece of yesterday’s Pre Election Manifesto – sorry, Pre Budget Report – presented by chancellor, Alistair Darling.   Whilst it’s true that the chancellor had all the room to manoeuvre of a man holding a wake in a telephone box, he actually played safe by doing ….well…..doing virtually nothing. … Continue reading

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Government stimulus spending and the multiplier

“Our research shows no evidence of a Keynesian ‘multiplier’ effect.” So, says Harvard professor Robert J.Barrow, who together with Charles J.Redlick, wrote a piece in The Wall Street Journal last Thursday. According to Barrow and Redlick, government stimulus packages are predicated on the view that expenditure multipliers are greater than one. To estimate these potential multiplier values they examined US … Continue reading

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Poorest countries need to adopt a new approach

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) has just published its “Least Developed Countries Report 2009”, which looks at the world’s 49 poorest countries.   The report says the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) need to focus macroeconomic policy on building up both the productive capacity of their economies and infrastructure. Also, they need to ensure that their fledgling banking … Continue reading

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