economy

2101, 2016

Should women have to pay a ‘sexist surcharge’ on the high street?

By |January 21st, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Should women have to pay a ‘sexist surcharge’ on the high street?

Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City University’s Business School

On first view this might seem like a peculiar story that harks back to a different age. The idea that you pay higher prices for something simply because it is intended for use by women would, in the supposedly egalitarian age in which we live, seem absolute nonsense. […]

701, 2016

Should we be concerned about the UK’s economic future in 2016?

By |January 7th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Should we be concerned about the UK’s economic future in 2016?

Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City University’s Business School

I am not going to engage in the ‘art’ of prediction. However, what I can say is that the immediate future will be dependent on a number of things that, cumulatively, create a great deal of uncertainty and, therefore, potential for negativity in economic terms.

For starters the data coming […]

2412, 2015

The harsh reality of getting back to normal

By |December 24th, 2015|Opinion|Comments Off on The harsh reality of getting back to normal

By Dr Steve McCabe

Some seven years on from the 2008 GFC (Global Financial Crisis) it seems that memories are fading as to what caused a crash that, as well as being compared to the infamous 1929 Wall Street Crash, wrought havoc in markets across the world. It’s worth remembering that the 1929 crash in America […]

2212, 2015

England’s ‘Devolution Revolution’ and the role of universities

By |December 22nd, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on England’s ‘Devolution Revolution’ and the role of universities

Professor Julian Beer, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Birmingham City University

George Osborne heralded a ‘devolution revolution’ at the Spending Review and Autumn Statement on Wednesday 25 November, intended to ‘spread economic power and wealth’ and ‘invest in our long term infrastructure’. The five devolution deals so far announced – the Liverpool City Region, North East, Sheffield City Region, Tees […]

2611, 2015

Now you see it, now you don’t – The case of the incredible Mr Osborne

By |November 26th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Now you see it, now you don’t – The case of the incredible Mr Osborne

George Osborne is in many ways, lucky. Whilst he is the chancellor who inherited the deficit from the Labour government in 2010 he is lucky that though he regularly broke promises made concerning budgetary predictions, he maintains a pretty decent level of support amongst the general public. This week’s announcement that tax credit cuts will […]

2105, 2015

The economics of Eurovision

By |May 21st, 2015|Opinion|Comments Off on The economics of Eurovision

Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City Business School

The fact that the Eurovision Song Contest is taking place in Vienna this Saturday and celebrating its 60th birthday might be seen as something of a minor miracle. Entirely resonant with the famous quote by Mark Twain in The New York Journal of 2 June 1897, over the last […]

1405, 2015

As McDonald’s turns 75 – do you know how it all began?

By |May 14th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off on As McDonald’s turns 75 – do you know how it all began?

Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City Business School

The car manufacturer Henry Ford is the name most associated with having allowed the vision of scientific management come to life through his adoption of message contained in Frederick W. Taylor’s 1911 book Principles of Scientific Management.  

Ford’s ability to utilise what we now call mass production was revolutionary […]

705, 2015

Which political leaders have performed better than we expected?

By |May 7th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Which political leaders have performed better than we expected?

Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City Business School

Are you still undecided on who to vote for at the polling station today? Perhaps Dr Steve McCabe’s observations on the political parties may help you to decide…

The Conservatives enjoy support on the basis of their perceived ability to manage the economy. However, whilst they have been able to […]

503, 2015

Cameron has been scarred by his experience of TV debates

By |March 5th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Cameron has been scarred by his experience of TV debates

Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City Business School

It’s a bit rich of Cameron who in the period preceding the last election goaded the then prime minister, Labour leader Gordon Brown to engage in a TV debate so that, like the USA where such events are common, the voters could see the key people who they would […]

2601, 2015

How significant is Greece’s general election?

By |January 26th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on How significant is Greece’s general election?

Dr Steve McCabe – Birmingham City Business School

The Greek election has huge significance. Voters there have voted for a party committed to tearing up the agreement made with the ‘troika’ of the IMF, EU and ECB (European Central Bank) that has provided an economic package of £185 billion since 2010. Greece, we should remember, suffered […]