The consequences of cheap oil

‘When oil prices are high, people may get out of their cars and walk, cycle or get public transport’ After years in which $100 oil was the norm, the price of Brent crude is now around a third of that. Assume for a moment that Russia and Saudi Arabia fail in their...

Online dating? Swipe left

‘It is crazy to believe someone’s eye colour, height, hobbies and musical tastes are a basis for a lasting relationship’ Online dating promised so much. “This is one of the biggest problems that humans face and one of the first times in human history there was some...

How to keep your gym habit

‘Might a commitment strategy allow you to pay yourself to go to the gym?’ How are those resolutions going? Still going to the gym? If not, you’re not alone. Let’s think about incentives. If some benevolent patron had paid you a modest sum — a few pounds a day, perhaps...

The five best economics podcasts of 2016

It’s been a while since I revisited my list of the best economics podcasts. Here are my current top five. NPR’s Planet Money remains the very best economics podcast out there. Great production values, very creative, serious economics topics treated with a light...

Hidden truths behind China’s smokescreen

‘When countries become richer, do they pollute their environment more or less?’ The pictures from Beijing tell their own story: pollution there is catastrophic. Bad news for residents, and awkward for me too. Just over a decade ago, I wrote a book, The Undercover...

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