Smart Picks -- Economic Futures, 2 Anniversaries, Deutschland Uber Alles, Arctic Suez
What role should the state play in creating the conditions for economic growth? A question of excellent futures surely. A report commissioned by the Conservative Party headed by David Cameron is framed by the expectation that the 'government is responsible for change'. Maybe that's the problem.
March 9, 2009 the Great Recession bottom, March 10, 2000 the peak of the dotcom bubble. What have we learned from these two anniversaries?
The problems with the Eurozone are in large measure a function of the over savings-investment-export economic structure of Germany. Iceland sees the melting Arctic and the resulting transportation routes as turning the area in its territory into an Icelandic Suez. Let the geo-strategic fun continue.
Sir James Dyson, he of the most excellent vacuum cleaner, wrote a report commissioned by the Conservative Party (UK) entitled Ingenious Britain designed to promote the rebuilding of manufacturing and technology.
The report makes five recommendations that while not particularly earth shattering at least help frame an excellent future for this sector of the British economy.
The report's recommendations are cultural (make studying and doing science cool), educational (make teaching science a priority), commercial step one-linking the technology to the entrepreneur (make the link between best in class universities and start up companies more explicit), commercial step two-start ups (make financing easier), and commercial step three-beyond start ups (make financing easier).
What I found interesting about the thrust of the report was the central role of the state. However you want to slice it, in a world where the state has license to babysit us, collect and spend more than 50% of the Gross National Product, imagining an excellent future for the economy -- or at least part of the economy -- requires the right positioning of the state.
The design millionaire, whose report was commissioned by the Conservative Party, has called for an overhaul of the start-up funding, a re-routing of the research and development (R&D) tax credits and fresh funding for science and technology in education. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financetopics/recession/7400742/Sir-James-Dyson-plan-to-fill-UKs-engineering-vacuum.html
Dyson's report comes out at a time when the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom is sharpening its spending cut knife. Don't cut science funding if you want an excellent future.
When William Waldegrave cleared his desk as Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 1997, he left a short note for his successor. As the gatekeeper to pots of taxpayers’ gold, he advised, the new man would be besieged by special interests arguing that this cut or that was unconscionable. Only two budgets, however, really deserved such protection. One was the intelligence services. The other was science. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article7054581.ece#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=2270657
Fears that the US will cancel NAFTA and turn the Great Recession into something worse.
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