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Some books I read this year

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Written by Pienebype Saturday, 25 February 2017 17:19

Nick Lane – The Vital Question: energy, evolution and the origins of complex life This is as good as everyone says it is – well written and compelling. I particularly appreciated the focus on energy flows as the driver for life, and the way the book gives the remarkable chemiosmotic hypothesis the prominence it deserves. … Continue reading "Some books I read this year"
 

Steps towards an industrial strategy

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Written by Pienebype Saturday, 25 February 2017 17:19

It’s impossible for a government to talk about industrial strategy in the UK without mentioning British Leyland, the auto conglomerate effectively nationalised after going bankrupt in 1975, and which finally expired in 2007. As everyone knows British Leyland illustrates the folly of governments “picking winners”, which inevitably produces outcomes like cars with square steering wheels. … Continue reading "Steps towards an industrial strategy"

Seminar on the UK’s productivity problem

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Written by Pienebype Saturday, 25 February 2017 17:19

Today I gave a talk at Imperial College Business School on “The UK’s productivity problem – the role of innovation and R&D”. The slides can be downloaded as a PDF here. Most of the arguments will be familiar to readers of this blog and my two SPERI papers on productivity and innovation, but there are … Continue reading "Seminar on the UK’s productivity problem"
 

McLaren comes to Sheffield

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Written by Pienebype Saturday, 25 February 2017 17:19

Last week saw the announcement that the high end car manufacturer McLaren Automotive is to open a new plant in Sheffield, to make the carbon fibre chassis assemblies for their sports cars. It was good to see that the extensive press reporting of this development (see e.g. the Guardian, the BBC and the FT (£) … Continue reading "McLaren comes to Sheffield"

Trade, Power and Innovation

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Written by Pienebype Saturday, 25 February 2017 17:19

Trade and its globalisation are at the top of the political agenda now. After decades in which national economies have become more and more entwined, populist politicians are questioning the benefits of globalisation. Meanwhile in the UK, we are embarked on a process of turning our backs on our biggest trading partner in the quest … Continue reading "Trade, Power and Innovation"
 

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