Essays on topical issues, latest developments in UK and global economies, and answers to readers questions
Who are the winners and losers from free trade?Posted on June 15, 2018
Readers question: Who are the winners and losers from free trade? Free trade means that firms can export and import goods without tariff barriers. Free trade leads to lower prices and increased exports and imports. Economists are generally agreed that free trade leads to a net gain in economic welfare; as a result, economists generally …...More
Government intervention in the labour marketPosted on June 12, 2018
Government intervention in the labour market to reduce inequality and market failure can take various forms. Minimum wages/living wages Maximum wages (rarely used) Legislation to prevent discrimination on the grounds of age, sex, religion. Legislation to support or regulate trade unions. Maximum working week Legislation on health and safety Behavioural nudges (e.g. encouraging workers to …...More
Branches of economicsPosted on June 8, 2018
Economics is a broad subject concerned with the optimal distribution of resources in society. Within the subject there are several different branches which focus on different aspects. Also, there are different schools of thought which generally have different views on aspects of economics. The first way to split economics is Microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics – …...More
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