Andrea Lagna: Financialization of the Italian state

This post was written by Dr Andrea Lagna and was originally published on the SPERI Blog. Modern public debt management and financial innovation have exacerbated Italy’s large, and growing, government debt. The use of financial derivatives by the Italian government continues to appear in the headlines of global news media. Based on Eurostat data, BloombergRead more

David T Llewellyn: 10 myths in the Brexit debate

On June 23rd the British electorate will make one of the most momentous decisions to face the UK in several generations: whether or not to formally leave the EU (BREXIT). It will have momentous implications in several areas: the growth potential of the economy; trade relationships and volumes; foreign direct investment in the economy; theRead more

Brexit: A View from East Asia

Viewing the Brexit debate from East Asia provides an interesting perspective into the international influence enjoyed by both the UK and the EU. From the perspective of China, Japan, and South Korea, both the UK and the EU remain an attractive market: the UK as one of the most liberalised economies in the world; andRead more

Brexit and the trade debate

For people who want to read an article on UK, EU and Canadian trade that actually has some substance, I would strongly Simon Nixon’s piece in today’s Times. This explains clearly why a ‘Free Trade Area’ such as the old EFTA, or today’s NAFTA, is not synonymous with Free Trade. FTAs have no tariffs betweenRead more