Economics Articles

Essays on topical issues, latest developments in UK and global economies, and answers to readers questions

History of UK Housing

Posted on February 2, 2016

A look at the major trends in UK housing in the past century, including the trends on housing tenure, house prices and the supply of new houses. Victorian housing The Industrial revolution saw rapid growth in inner cities as people flocked to the city for new factory jobs. This accommodation was often hurriedly built by …


Consequences of generation rent

Posted on February 1, 2016

Generation rent is a term to describe how many young people are unable to buy a house, but need to privately rent. Since 1993, house prices have risen significantly faster than incomes, making a mortgage out of reach for many people under the age of 30. Rising ratios of house price to earnings for first …


Factors that affect foreign direct investment (FDI)

Posted on January 29, 2016

Readers Question: why some countries are more successful in attracting Foreign Direct Investment than others? Foreign direct investment (FDI) means companies purchase capital and invest in a foreign country. For example, if a US multinational, such as Nike built a factory for making trainers in Pakistan; this would count as foreign direct investment. Factors affecting …