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David Cobham

David Cobham is Professor of Economics. His main research area has been UK monetary policy, but he also has substantial research interests in European monetary integration, central bank independence, financial systems and Middle Eastern economies. Most recently he has worked on the issue of monetary policy and asset prices, on the Bank of England's reaction function, on quantitative easing and on the classification of monetary policy frameworks.

He is an active member of the committee of the Money, Macro and Finance Research Group, and Associate Editor of the Review of Middle East Economics and Finance. He has been Houblon-Norman Research Fellow at the Bank of England in 1987, and again in 2001. He was a member of the organising committee of a Norges Bank conference on Inflation Targeting Twenty Years On (June 2009), and member of the organising committee of a conference on 'The Euro Area and the Financial Crisis' , hosted by the National Bank of Slovakia (September 2010).

He organised a conference on 'Monetary policy before, during and after the crisis', sponsored by SIRE and the MMF, at Heriot-Watt University in September 2011. Papers from the conference were published in a special issue of Oxford Economic Papers (April 2013).

He co-edited, with Chris Adam and Ken Mayhew, an issue of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy (spring 2013) on 'The economic record of the Labour government, 1997-2010'.

He organised a conference on 'Monetary analysis and monetary policy frameworks' in Edinburgh in April 2014, papers from which appeared in a special issue of The Manchester School, May 2015.

He organised with Geore Bratsiotis a seminar on 'German macro: how it's different and why that matters' in Heriot-Watt, December 2015 (papers to be published shortly).

Briferendum Series

Is the Bank of England independent when it comes to Brexit?

Mar 10, 2016 23:17 pm UTC| Insights & Views Central Banks

The Bank of England has been attacked by Leave campaigners for articulating what they deem to be pro-government, pro-Remain views about Brexit, when it should supposedly be independent. Governor Mark Carneys comment that...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries suffer on hawkish Fed September policy meeting minutes; FOMC members’ speeches in focus

The U.S. Treasuries lost ground during late afternoon session Thursday after the Federal Reserves September monetary policy meeting minutes remained hawkish ahead of the Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index for the month...

UK gilts fall despite lower-than-expected September retail sales data; BoE Governor Carney’s speech in focus

The United Kingdoms gilts fell during Thursdays afternoon session despite a lower-than-expected reading of the countrys retail sales data for the month of September. Market participants will now be looking forward to Bank...

Australia’s September unemployment rate drops to 6-year low, well below RBA’s year-end forecast

Australias strong labour market report for September saw the unemployment rate drop to a six-year low of 5.0 percent, well below the RBAs forecast of 5-1/2 percent for year end. With leading indicators for the labour...

New Zealand bonds fall at close in muted trading session ahead of China’s Q3 GDP data

The New Zealand bonds closed lower Thursday amid a muted trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance as investors remain keen to watch Chinas gross domestic product for the third quarter of this...

Australian bonds slump after September jobless rate cheers investors; lower-than-expected employment change limits losses

Australian government bonds slumped during Asian session Thursday after the countrys unemployment rate for the month of September surprisingly cheered market expectations. However, the lower-than-expected employment change...

Politics

US midterm elections: the dirty tricks used by parties to skew results in their favour

As the US midterm elections approach, its important to understand how the US has undergone a profound intensification in racially polarised partisanship. Race and attitudes about race closely align with party identities...

View from The Hill: How the government's plan to oppose Hanson's motion became a vote to support it

For Mathias Cormann, 2018 has been the annus horribilis. After emerging badly bruised from the leadership crisis, on Tuesday he took responsibility for the disastrous snafu over Pauline Hansons It is OK to be white...

Coalition trails 47-53% in Newspoll, as Ipsos finds 74% oppose law discriminating against gay students and teachers

Two new polls have Labor maintaining a commanding lead as the parliament goes into a fortnight that will see a flurry of new government legislation, including to outlaw discrimination against gay students. Newspoll...

Challenge populism: re-inventing the world together

Democracies in the world are being rocked by a new wave of populism. Many scholars correctly analyse the flaws in populist discourse and practices. Populist politicians stoke fears and hate, exacerbate divisions and...

Four fundamental principles for upholding freedom of speech on campus

It goes without saying or at least it ought to that freedom of speech should be a core value of universities. As a scholar of freedom of speech and a university academic, it has been gratifying to see so many Vice...

Science

Boyer Lectures: gene therapy is still in its infancy but the future looks promising

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the ABCs Boyer Lectures. Delivered by Professor John Rasko, the 2018 Life Engineered lectures explore ethical and other issues around gene therapy and related technologies, and their...

How we can turn the tide for women in science

For the first time in 55 years, a woman has won the Nobel Prize in physics Prof. Donna Strickland. This win has publicly highlighted that women are still under-represented in science, particularly in physics. As a...

How astrophysics could transform the treatment of cystic fibrosis and other rare diseases

Its a cruel disease which dramatically shortens life expectancy. One in 25 Europeans carry the cystic fibrosis gene and, in the UK, about 10,400 people currently have the condition. But people are living longer and longer...

Why more women don't win science Nobels

One of the 2018 Nobel Prizes in physics went to Donna Strickland, a major accomplishment for any scientist. Yet much of the news coverage has focused on the fact that shes only the third female physicist to receive the...

Could villains clone themselves to take over the world?

If asked about clones, most people think of evil sci-fi characters. However, in real life, the word clone often has broader, far more positive applications. Just as office workers replicate documents by using copy...

Technology

‘Fornite’ News, Update: Elon Musk Trolls Players, Act 2 of Season 6 Coming Up

Fortnite has practically become inescapable these days, with everything from Hollywood stars to athletes getting in on the action. Even politicians know what it is and this speaks to the ubiquity of the Battle Royale title...

‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Release Date, Latest News: At Least 99GB Needed to Install the Game; Rockstar Under Fire For Alleged Poor Working Conditions

Its finally confirmed. Red Dead Redemption 2 is going to require at least 99 GB of storage space for the PlayStation 4 and 107 GB for the Xbox One. That is if players buy a physical copy of the game. For PlayStation 4...

‘Days Gone’ News, Update: Delayed Again; Running In Fear Of ‘Crackdown’ and ‘Anthem’?

Days Gone has been delayed so many times since its 2016 reveal that zombie video game fans have started losing hope that it is ever going to be released. Until recently, PlayStation 4 owners were hoping that the Feb. 22,...

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ News, Update: Activision Uses Microtransaction For Good, Raises Money For Unemployed Veterans

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 comes with microtransactions, like many of the video games that Activision produces. However, the company is attempting to slightly diminish the negative reputation of in-game economies by...

OnePlus 6T Release Date, Specs, Latest News: Handset Launching with Verizon Compatibility? Company Fighting for Attention vs. Major Apple Event

It seems like it is both a good and a bad week for OnePlus. The Chinese smartphone brand might soon reach more American consumers now that the OnePlus 6T is rumored to be compatible with Verizon. On the other hand, it...
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