LSE academics join Nobel laureates in quest to explain inequalities

In 2015, the economists Angus Deaton and Anne Case published a paper which claimed to have made a discovery that soon reverberated around the developed world: middle-aged, white Americans were dying at an alarmingly fast rate. Unlike nearly every other…

LSE Fourth in Leading Economics Research Ranking

LSE now ranks fourth in the Tilburg University Top 100 Worldwide Economics Schools Research Ranking, behind Harvard University, The University of Chicago and Stanford University. Among these top global universities, LSE is the only non-American university ranking in the top…

Academics ask: Should we be the London School of Economics OR Political Science?

It was billed as an epic clash between two major disciplines, and despite the odds, an unlikely winner emerged from a packed debate on Tuesday (Feb 12) to resolve a burning question – is Economics or Political Science the more…

Over my dead body: why even the left dislikes inheritance tax

As with so many taxes, duties on estates were introduced in the seventeenth century to finance Britain’s wars. Since then it has undergone several transformations. Whether known as estate duties, capital transfers, or inheritance tax, the levy has gone on…

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…

Economics is Dead – Long Live Political Economy

When the Global Financial Crisis hit in 2008, the economics profession was shaken. The world looked on as economic models became obsolete and useless and asked: how did the vast majority of economists not see it coming? Even the Queen…

LSE Campus Becomes Battleground for Economist Civil War

To mark 500 years since the beginning of the Catholic Reformation, ‘Rethinking Economics’, a progressive economics campaign group, nailed its ‘33 theses’ to the doors of the LSE Student Union building. The organisation claimed on its website that the stunt…

“Disorganised” Examination Disappoints Econometrics Students

EC220 and EC221 students are vocalising their frustration over a reportedly “disorganised” and “unfair” economics examination held on January 4th. At least thirty-five students have taken to the department’s Moodle page to complain that their exam was “inefficiently conducted” and…

Unboxing The Doughnut: An Interview with Kate Raworth

Features Editor Rajan Soni discusses the challenges facing economic theory in the 21st century with the author of the Sunday Times Bestseller, Doughnut Economics Growth. It has become a byword for prosperity, a synonym for success – a yardstick by…

How I Learnt to Stop Worrying And Love Automation

Another day, another report on automation. This time it’s the National Bank of Australia axing 4000 jobs in customer service. Or how about the 66,000 jobs that were lost in retail in the US in 2017 alone. It would seem…