Category Archives: Economy


Five things that economists know, but sound wrong to most other people

Renaud Foucart, Lancaster University

Economists have shaped the modern world in many ways. Governments make policy choices in response to the data that we produce about things like GDP and inflation. Social media companies use our insights about human behaviour to create features that encourage people to use their platforms. And we’re at the heart of everything from incentivising renewables developers to build more wind farms to regulating the behaviour of tech giants like Google or Facebook.

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The high price of America’s anti-abortion laws

by Thomson Reuters Foundation | Thomson Reuters Foundation
For many women seeking an abortion, financial considerations also weigh heavily.

But women across the United States are facing more obstacles when making such decisions as Republican-led states, including Texas, pass new laws restricting abortion access.

Such measures bring economic hardships for many women and have wider financial implications that are too often opaqued by the deep ideological and religious divide on the issue.


April will be cruel to UK households, but the economy’s problems are much longer term

David Bailey, University of Birmingham and Phil Tomlinson, University of Bath

The poet TS Eliot famously proclaimed April to be the “cruellest month”. Writing after surviving a pandemic – the Spanish flu of 1918 – he was referring to the familiar (often misguided) sense of hope that traditionally accompanies the arrival of spring.

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The truth about the ‘great resignation’ – who changed jobs, where they went and why

Carlos Carrillo-Tudela, University of Essex; Alex Clymo, University of Essex, and David Zentler-Munro, University of Essex

The great resignation is a buzzphrase that first appeared in May 2021, and has struck fear into the hearts of employers ever since. Coined in the US, the term refers to the unprecedented rise in the number of workers resigning from their jobs following the pandemic.

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The seventh edition of Sustainability Week will examine how businesses can rise to the challenge of becoming more sustainable

Sustainability Week, the leading conference on helping businesses on their path to achieving their sustainability goals, announced the final speaker line-up for the 2022 hybrid event. The event will run from Monday, March 21st to Thursday, March 24th virtually and with an in-person day on Tuesday March 22nd at etc. venues, St Paul’s, London. Continue reading


As Europe announces an additional US$170bln of finance for Africa, stakeholders prepare to gather in Brussels for the 24th Africa Energy Forum this June 2022

Following two years of COVID restrictions we are excited that the Africa Energy Forum (aef) is back to full capacity with the return of the massive exhibition, the four-day multi-streamed agenda focusing on the private sectors investment needs and business development. In Brussels aef will welcome back over 2,500 industry leaders (doubling the number we saw in London last year), from some 82 countries worldwide – yes, the African energy community is back ‘in one place’, to build back better and accelerate energy deals and projects. Continue reading


Arab women entrepreneurs defy odds with leap into sportswear

– In conservative MENA region, women find activewear niche

– From Lebanon to Saudi Arabia, female-led firms spring up

– Economic vageries, pandemic test fledgling businesses

BEIRUT, March 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Nathaly Daou zigzags through an underground fabric store in Beirut, pulling out bolts of neon Lycra and patterned polyester before settling on a roll of white cotton. Continue reading


Could the Ukraine invasion spark a global financial crisis?

Nasir Aminu, Cardiff Metropolitan University

The Russian assault on Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities has intensified uncertainty in the world economy. To condemn Putin’s war, western leaders announced some restrictive economic measures to target Russian financial institution and individuals.

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President of Ghana Joins T.D. Jakes’ International Leadership Summit

The president of one of Africa’s wealthiest and most stable countries is bringing his international leadership and expertise to the International Leadership Summit. The annual conference, founded by T.D. Jakes, brings together aspiring and tenured entrepreneurs, leaders and influential change agents to revolutionize the future of leadership. At this year’s event, set to take place in Charlotte from March 31 to April 2, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo will participate in a “master class” conversation with Jakes, during which the two will discuss creating economic opportunities, technology and the future of both nations. Continue reading