Economics Articles

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

Inflation: advantages and disadvantages

Posted on July 24, 2017

Readers Question: what are the advantages and disadvantages of inflation? Inflation occurs when there is a sustained increase in the general price level. Traditionally high inflation rates are considered to be damaging to an economy. High inflation creates uncertainty and can wipe away the value of savings. However, most Central Banks target an inflation rate …


Applying economics in everyday life

Posted on July 20, 2017

At the start of the academic year, I always feel a little pressure to justify the study of economics. Students come up asking things like, should they do economics or history? It’s hard to know what to say, but to get people excited about economics, it’s good to try and think how economics can be …


Should the government intervene in the economy?

Posted on July 18, 2017

One of the main issues in economics is the extent to which the government should intervene in the economy. Free market economists argue that government intervention should be strictly limited as government intervention tends to cause an inefficient allocation of resources. However, others argue there is a strong case for government intervention in different fields. …