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Tim Page's Articles

Digitisation and the future of work: what it means for unions

21 Feb 2017, by in Labour market

Will robots take all the jobs? This dystopian question, prompted by the so-called ‘fourth industrial revolution’ – an umbrella term encompassing Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and the ‘Internet of Things’ – has prompted a lively debate in recent years. Digitisation is seen by some as simply the next wave of technological progress, but there is…

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How can we respond to Trumponomics?

01 Feb 2017, by in Economics

How to respond to the populism and protectionism of Donald Trump will be one of the biggest challenges facing mainstream economists and politicians in 2017. A good starting point for that debate might be Martin Wolf’s wide ranging article in today’s Financial Times, ‘Donald Trump’s tough talk will not bring US jobs back’(£). Wolf’s argument…

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Productivity and the 2016 Autumn Statement: an antidote to Brexit?

23 Nov 2016, by in Economics

Philip Hammond committed to raising productivity in today’s Autumn Statement. A National Productivity Investment Fund worth £23bn will focus on infrastructure, including digital communications, and research and development. £23bn sounds like a lot of money; as Geoff has blogged elsewhere, it is actually less than it sounds, but it is a step in the right…

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Renewables, Coal and Industrial Opportunities

26 Oct 2016, by in Economics

According to yesterday’s Financial Times (£) last year saw something of an environmental milestone, as renewables overtook coal as the world’s largest source of installed power capacity. The FT reported that around 500,000 solar panels were installed every day of 2015, while wind turbines were erected at a pace of two every hour in countries…

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Putting the flesh on the government’s industrial strategy

25 Oct 2016, by in Economics

Last Thursday (20 October) saw a backbench Commons debate on industrial strategy. This debate coincides with, but is distinct from, an inquiry by the BEIS Select Committee into industrial strategy, to which the TUC gave evidence. Jo Johnson, the Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Minister, and Chi Onwurah, the Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, spoke…

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