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Currency Wars aren’t the problem – protectionism is

Currency Wars aren’t the problem – protectionism is

Michael Taylor — Policy Exchange’s Economics Research Fellow — argues that ‘at their worst, currency wars can be a zero-sum game, but trade wars are invariably a negative-sum game. Trade wars rather than currency wars are the more significant threat to global prosperity’

Let’s be franc: France and the euro

Let’s be franc: France and the euro

In the fifth instalment of our series of comment pieces focusing on the run-up to the French Presidential election, Michael Taylor — Policy Exchange’s Economics Research Fellow — considers the advantages and disadvantages of France remaining in the single currency. He concludes that the country ‘needs to concentrate on structural reforms — in or out of the single currency’

All to play for

All to play for

Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Research Director and Head of Economics and Social Policy — says Brexit offers a chance to re-examine the UK’s economic objectives and do things differently. There are many reasons to be cheerful

France and her Economy

France and her Economy

In the latest of our series of pieces focusing on the run-up to the French Presidential election, Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Research Director and Head of Economics and Social Policy — considers the state of France’s economy, in order to shed light on current attitudes and polling.

Scottish Independence: A Political Question

Scottish Independence: A Political Question

Warwick Lightfoot, Policy Exchange’s Research Director and Head of Economics and Social Policy, considers Scotland’s economic wellbeing, and concludes that ‘its public finances at any point of independence would be exceptionally difficult’.

Resolving the UK’s Long-Term Care Problem: An Opportunity for the Conservative Party

Resolving the UK’s Long-Term Care Problem: An Opportunity for the Conservative Party

Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Director of Research, and Head of Economics and Social Policy — reflects on the Government’s announcement regarding additional spending for personal care. He argues that ‘the present Conservative government has the opportunity to undertake a fundamental reform of the welfare state, which would complete its range of provision, and ensure that it cohered in a practical manner that helps families’.

Five Suggestions for the Spring Budget

Five Suggestions for the Spring Budget

Ahead of this week’s Budget, the recommendations of Policy Exchange Economic and Social Policy Research Fellow, Jonathan Dupont, range from a continued reduction of the structural deficit, to the commissioning of an overall strategic review of the tax system.

France’s Presidential Election

France’s Presidential Election

In the first of a series of pieces looking at the upcoming French election, Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Director of Research, and Head of Economic and Social Policy — explains why France’s ‘political problem is a structural economic problem’, and asks whether any of the Presidential candidates have a programme capable of meeting the challenges at hand.

Six Hypotheses on the Productivity Slowdown

Six Hypotheses on the Productivity Slowdown

With reference to the Government’s recent Industrial Strategy green paper, Jonathan Dupont — Policy Exchange’s Economic and Social Policy Research Fellow — considers where should Britain should focus its attention in order to drive up productivity.

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