Ann Pettifor

Why I support ‘Another Europe’

The vote for Brexit was in my view, an anti-globalisation vote. A vote against decision-making by invisible, unaccountable global markets in money, trade, property and labour. Unregulated markets, facilitated by mobile, cross-border capital flows that imposed painful economic changes on populations across the world, and did so at great speed. A global market in mobile …

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The Future of Money: An Interview with Ann Pettifor

This interview with Dr. Ian Cosh appeared on the Misc magazine website on 29 August, 2018 We tend to think of money as a cultural artifact that has evolved from stone disks and precious metals into modern currencies that are becoming increasingly digital. According to Ann Pettifor, a UK-based economist and director of Policy Research …

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The Treasury view and a sheep farmer in the Yorkshire Dales

This was first published as a column in the Independent, on Sunday, 26th August, 2018 On holiday in the in the safe Tory seat of Richmondshire in the Yorkshire Dales this week, we watched as a dedicated sheep farmer demonstrated the skills and athleticism of his working dogs. Five generations of Richard Fawcett’s family have …

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What Is Wrong with the Bank of England’s Decision Today?

The BoE’s decision to raise the Bank Rate to 0.75% is a mistake. It is a mistake comparable to those made by Alan Greenspan’s Federal Reserve in the years between 2003 and 2006.  It is a mistake that must be understood in a wider context. Not just the political context – which promotes ‘monetary radicalism …

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The Great Honour that is the Heinrich Boll Stiftung’s Hannah Arendt Prize

On 19th July, 2018, I was stunned and honoured to receive the following from Professor Antonia Grunenberg of the Heinrich Boll Foundation, Bremen, Germany.  Berlin, July 19, 2018 Dear Mrs. Pettifor, it is my great pleasure to inform you in behalf of the international jury of  the „Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thinking“ that you …

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The Irish Housing Crisis & the Crisis of Economics

This is the original text of an article that appeared, after edits, in the Irish Times on 22nd June, 2018. Economists regard the theory of ‘supply and demand’ as nothing less than a ‘law’ and “and as one of the fundamental principles governing ‘the economy’. Almost every economic event or phenomenon is considered the product …

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Interview with Martin Sandbu of the Financial Times

I was interviewed by Martin Sandbu of the Financial Times about the nature of money, in particular the importance of borrowers to the creation of money. A video was filmed at Bank Job, a wonderful charity dedicated to a) promoting understanding of money, b) cancelling the debts of the people of Walthamstow and c) using …

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Is It Unreasonable to Blame Bankers/Rentiers for the Rise in Populism?

At the April Rethinking Economicsconference in Oslo  I pointed out that western politicians and economists are repeating policy errors of the 1930s. The pattern of a global financial crash, followed by austerity in Europe and the UK, led in those years to the rise of populism, authoritarianism and ultimately fascism. The scale of economic and political …

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Review: The Growth Delusion by David Pilling

This review first appeared in the Times Literary Supplement on the 10 May, 2018 under the title: Greed is not Good. The subject of growth is popular with economists, not so much with ecologists. It has been much studied and written about –  by philosophers, theologians, scientists, environmentalists – as well as economists. John Stuart …

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On Tectonic Plates, the Economic System and the Economics Profession

This article was first published on the PRIME website: On Tectonic Plates.. It is my view that the greatest weakness of economics is the habit of drawing, or encouraging politicians to draw, macroeconomic conclusions from microeconomic reasoning (“the government budget, like a household budget, must balance”). This weakness is endemic within the profession. It is …

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