Five things the UK General Election can teach us about Black Friday deals

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Politics and economics have much in common. For a couple of centuries these weighty subjects taught in many a fine University were and, in recent decades, are recognised as a single taught subject – Political Economy – but also share similarities in modelling human interaction and achievements. This a perfect time to highlight the similaritiesRead more

A tale of two tails: Cross credit ratings and cash holdings

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Market participants in the money markets are aware that credit rating agencies (CRAs) provide frequently independent credit rating evaluations, i.e., a measure of long-term fundamental credit strength of issuers based on both public and private information, which issuers agree to share with CRAs. For many years, the information content of CRAs has drawn a lotRead more

Building engaging online communities

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Dr Sahar Mousavi’s academic research on online communities has recently been the focus of a blog post she co-authored for HSO.com about the importance of considering both active and non-interactive members in managing successful engagement communities. “Online communities are becoming more commonplace,” Dr Mousavi explains, “and understanding how different members behave and prefer to interactRead more

I have a trade deal in my pocket, and I’m prepared to use it!

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An opinion piece by Dr T. Huw Edwards Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, has just waded into the Brexit debate, promising a trade deal with the UK is very close. This move is clearly intended to influence the debate in the UK against a close relationship with Brussels. But, if we were indeed toRead more

Partner industry specialisation and audit pricing in the UK

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Accounting firms are generally organised as partnerships, and this provides them with a structure that allows optimal delegation of the decision rights to the partner level where relevant specific knowledge is located. Partners play the central role in planning and administering the external audit service provided to the client and are accountable for the finalRead more

Ethical gift giving: Why it’s important and how to do it

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Many of us used the new year as an opportunity to make positive changes in our life, setting resolutions throughout January to eat more healthily, exercise more or do something new. It may come as no surprise then, given the continuous climate warnings by scientists, that numerous individuals will also have set goals that encourageRead more

The underlying economics behind contests: The Conservatives leadership battle, Miss India, Eurovision, Brexit and Inequality

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From hit shows like Strictly Come Dancing to Miss India, the Conservative party leadership battle and the recent Eurovision extravaganza – contests teach us a lot about human behaviour, taste and the way markets operate. Tacky, fun or lifestyle enriching contests inform us about the interaction of the consumer (judge/voter) and the supplier/firm (contestant) lookingRead more

Does ASDA’s blocked merger with Sainsbury’s make sense?

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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has put the brakes on ASDA and Sainsbury’s becoming the dominant force in supermarket retail. Dr Jon Seaton examines whether the argument against the deal is justified? A lot has been happening in retail recently, writes Dr Seaton, but consumers were understandably shocked by the decision of UK regulators inRead more

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