Ann Pettifor

Yours truly at National Theatre discussion on The Lehman Trilogy

After attending a performance of the Lehman Trilogy, I was honoured to join a panel at the National Theatre on 16th October, 2018 to discuss the play. Readers will know that the play was directed by Sam Mendes, and starred three great actors in all of the complex parts: Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles. It was, …

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How governments finance their spending (and its not from taxation).

Readers of this blog may know that Patrick Allen, founder of the Progressive Economy Forum (PEF) invited me to become a member of its distinguished Council in July this year. Other members include Professors John Weeks, Joseph Stiglitz, Stephany Griffiths-Jones, Robert Skidelsky, Daniela Gabor, Danny Darling, Ha Joon Chang and Doctors Johnna Montgomery, Geoff Tily, …

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‘Deficit Financing’ or Deficit-Reduction Financing?

Introduction “Deficit financing” in contemporary economics is controversial – largely because of flawed economic approaches to a sovereign nation’s public finances. The first is the microeconomic approach that treats government budget deficits in much the same way as household deficits. In other words, the assumption that like a household, a government budget deficit is the consequence …

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The BBC’s Cassandras of the Crash

  On Wednesday, 19th September and again on 22nd September, the BBC broadcast an interview in which I participated. It was called Cassandras of the Crash. The programme is available on the BBC’s Radio 4 website, with the following introduction. “Ten years ago, in autumn 2008, the world watched as the biggest financial meltdown in …

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A Reckless Economic Experiment

  The following article appeared in the Church Times on 20 September, 2018 “The Government is unprepared for a hard Brexit, says Ann Pettifor. The financial impact could be devastating” The Brexit referendum provided conclusive evidence that economics is inherently political. There was nothing scientific about any of the campaign promises or economic forecasts. Instead, …

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What would you do – if appointed as governor of the Bank of England?

That was the question put to me by Ruth Potts, then editor of Red Pepper magazine. My reply was published in the 17 September, 2018 edition of the magazine – Creating the Future. If such an implausible appointment were ever to be made by a Labour Chancellor, I would regard my appointment as Governor of …

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The Indefatigable Efforts of J. M. Keynes

This is an extract from an article written for The Times Literary Supplement                 The international and financial dimensions of Keynes’ work are today neglected in favour of the laissez-faire economics that Keynes had so vigorously contested. His profession is dominated by economists concerned overwhelmingly with the activities of individuals, …

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On “the policy” and the Governor of the Bank of England

Extract from an article written for PEF Carney does not seem to be aware, but central bankers’ groupthink today unites once again around the “normalcy” of a single policy: financial globalisation, or unfettered financial capitalism. In other words, the deregulation and globalisation of markets in money, goods, services, property and labour is once again the …

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