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The extent of poverty

By Gill Main, co-editor, with Esther Dermott, of the first volume of Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK and University Academic Fellow at the University of Leeds. 937 more words

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She does not wear make-up (Standard of Living #1)

So, Sydney’s housing affordability is in the headlines again (again it is published next to a glitzy article uncritically celebrating rich people buying expensive houses). This time, however, it is renter (rather than “buyer”) affordability getting a look in. 420 more words


Smarty Pants

According to Easy Park Group, Copenhagen in the smartest city on the planet. Does this mean that the city is the best city to park? Not exactly… 247 more words


Video: Average American vs Average European (2017)

The Infographic Show turns stats into a cartoon-type video


China's reported GDP growth overstates the real increase in wealth by failing to account for bad debt

Michael Pettis
FT (Financial Times)

China’s 19th Communist party congress ended last month with an indication that Xi Jinping’s new administration plans to rein in debt by abandoning the country’s long-term economic targets and allowing gross domestic product growth to fall. 633 more words

Energy Quality - The missing Piece?

What follows below is a paper that I have written for submission to the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. It examines the importance of Energy Return on Investment (ERoI) for advanced societies and suggests methods we can utilise to improve how we measure the quality of our energy sources. 3,064 more words

Formal Thinking

“Taxes made it almost impossible for living standards to recover from the Great Depression, but there wasn’t much to buy anyway. Consumer goods factories had converted to producing war goods, and empty store shelves were commonplace.

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