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Counting Down My 10 Favourite Inventions

10. The Knife The world would be a much larger place without the cutting edge invention that is the knife. The knife has successfully reduced meat, potatoes and veg down to manageable size since its advent in the Bronze Age.…

The Perfect Gig: Developments in the Modern Economy

Platform businesses have long been on the rise. Tech firms, such as Deliveroo and Uber, have reduced search frictions and revolutionised labour market structures as a result. This appeals to ‘workers’ for a variety of reasons: flexible hours, workplace independence…

Pride, Prejudice and Participation

An icon of the suffragette movement, Jane Austen succeeded in transcending boundaries of sex that were otherwise impenetrable. Her ability in creating a depth of character that is so rarely seen won her admirers in both men and women. Winston…

Richard Thaler: Patient and Pertinent

It is a common perception that the field of Economics is inherently selfish. Early theorists in the discipline such as Smith and Ricardo were strong advocates of the view that people are perfectly rational; that they will always strive to…

Innovation: Read It and Weep, Bitch

‘The City is dead! Long live Innovation!’ are the words we hoped would be cried out around campus last week as The Beaver added another twig to its nest of revitalisation. However, as of yet, we have still not received…

Insured to Perfection

Insurance markets are notoriously imperfect. The incomplete information available to the insurer means high risk individuals are able to pass as low risk. Big data is changing this. As technology develops, firms are increasingly able to accurately track a range…