Posts by Tom Hunt & Craig Berry

Tom Hunt, Policy Research Officer, SPERI and Craig Berry, Deputy Director, SPERI

Austerity rests on a thesis the government doesn’t believe in

Tom Hunt and Craig Berry

Concentration of infrastructure investment in areas with high levels of business activity suggests the government is unconcerned by ‘crowding out’ Remember expansionary fiscal contraction? You don’t hear much about it now, but back in 2010 when George Osborne set out his austerity agenda, the theory underpinning it was that the private sector would expand to fill the gaps caused by … Continue reading

1 September 2015 by Tom Hunt & Craig Berry
Categories: Austerity, British growth crisis, Craig Berry, Development, Economics, Inequality, SPERI Comment Tags: , , , , , ,

Transport investment and the North’s development dilemmas

Tom Hunt and Craig Berry

The gap between rhetoric and reality with regard to transport investment in the North of England encapsulates all the problems of Northern economic development In June 2014 George Osborne laid out his ‘Northern Powerhouse’ concept in a speech in Manchester. He set out the four ‘ingredients’ of his vision: By joining our northern cities together – not physically, or into … Continue reading

28 July 2015 by Tom Hunt & Craig Berry
Categories: Development, Economics, Inequality, Politics and policy, Social science, SPERI Comment Tags: , , , , , , ,