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David Spencer

David Spencer

My general interests lie in the economics and political economy of work, employment relations / work studies, the history of economic thought, and political economy. My approach to research and teaching encompasses ideas and insights from different disciplines and I retain an interest in promoting forms of interdisciplinary research and teaching. Current research focuses on a number of interconnected areas, including the conceptualisation of work, the changing boundaries between labour economics and other areas of labour research, the study of the quality of work and of worker well-being, and the process of financialisation especially as the latter bears on work and labor.

Taylor Review: a high principled report into the gig economy that will fail to deliver

Jul 11, 2017 18:55 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

The governments independent review on modern working practices in the UK contains some important messages. Put together by Matthew Taylor, head of the RSA think tank and former policy chief to Tony Blair, the review...

Economics is fundamentally flawed – far worse than the Bank of England realises

Jan 11, 2017 15:30 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

The Bank of Englands chief economist, Andy Haldane, recently criticised his very own profession. This led to a bout of soul searching for economists as we face, again, the familiar criticism that nobody predicted the 2008...

Sleep deprivation costs the economy billions – and sends workers to an early grave

Dec 06, 2016 20:38 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy Health

The British economy loses 40 billion a year due to sleep deprivation, according to a new study. Beyond the loss of economic output, sleep-deprived Britons are shortening their lives. The study shows that people who sleep...

Briferendum Series

Forget Brexit – austerity is far worse for the UK economy

Jun 03, 2016 08:15 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

The weight of opinion holds that leaving the European Union would be costly for Britain. The latest forecast, from the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies, predicts that austerity measures such as cuts in public...

The two big failures of George Osborne's budget

Mar 23, 2016 16:02 pm UTC| Politics Economy

After a rollercoaster week for Britains chancellor, his eighth budget has been approved. George Osborne will be breathing a sigh of relief. After proudly announcing his budget on March 16, things began to unravel just 48...

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Economy

CNY unlikely to recover solidly given overnight risk-off sentiment, says Commerzbank

Given the risk-off sentiment overnight, it is hard to expect to see a solid recovery in the Chinese yuan, after the currency touched lower due to somewhat improving virus headlines, according to the latest research report...

PBoC avows more rate cuts to offset coronavirus impact, says ANZ Research

The deputy governor of the Peoples Bank of China (PBoC), Chen Yulu, elaborated on recent monetary policy measures at a press conference held by the State Council on Monday, February 24. He outlined three measures to shore...

Surge in coronavirus cases fuels growth risks in South Korea, says Oxford Economics

The coronavirus outbreak is expected to dampen South Koreas exports and industrial production due to weaker Chinese demand. This is mainly due to the lockdowns in several Chinese cities and delays in economic activity...

Australian ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence declines on weakness in financial conditions

Australias ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence declined 0.7 percent last week, driven lower by weakness in financial conditions. Current finances fell 4 percent compared to the prior week, while future finances declined...

Australian bonds tad up in silent session tracking U.S. Treasuries amid decline in S&P500

Australian bonds remained tad higher on Tuesday tracking a similar movement in the United States Treasuries amid a silent trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance. However, the SP500 index...

Politics

Hillary Clinton recalls ‘very unusual experiences’ while she was still the FLOTUS

Only a handful of people could say what its really like being in the White House. One of these is Hillary Clinton, who became the First Lady of the United States when her husband Bill Clinton became the 42nd president of...

Melania Trump debunks the myth that she isn’t participating enough to her husband’s campaign

Ever since the Trumps won the election in 2016, various claims have been made that Melania Trump was not totally on board with her husbands presidential candidacy. The first lady has since denied those speculations, and...

Everything Ivanka Trump’s husband Jared Kushner does is ‘positive,’ says Indian PM

Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trumps husband and senior advisor to his father-in-law President Donald Trump, has been praised by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their visit to the South Asian country. Indias head of...

Melania Trump mocked on social media after Twitter update about her award

First Lady Melania Trump was announced as the recipient of the Woman of Distinction award at the Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida. After sharing photos and her thanks to the award-giving body, the internet had...

Donald Trump revelation: Former DOJ prosecutor says attorney general Bill Barr may be stepping down soon

The Department of Justice was under fire in the days leading up to Roger Stones sentencing as attorney general William Bill Barr stepped in to handle the case. However, due to the backlash from the events prior to the...

Science

SpaceX Starlink satellites to take part in US Air Force live-fire exercise

Because of the number of asteroids that have been coming close to the Earth, space agencies all over the world, and particularly in the United States like NASA, have begun developing defenses against otherworldly objects...

Archaeologists find secret chamber behind King Tutankhamun's tomb

King Tutankhamun is one of the most famous Egyptian royalties in history, with his golden tomb making him even more famous after his death. A discovery made by a group of archaeologists reveals that there is more to King...

Buzz Aldrin reveals he had his own moon landing strategy in mind during iconic moon landing mission

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are known for being the first two people to ever set foot on the moon following the historic Apollo 11 mission. An old interview back in 2016 reveals that Aldrin had his own ideas as to how...

Asteroids: Study reveals that asteroid collisions can be beneficial for the environment

Asteroid collisions are mainly seen as a cause of concern and understandably so. However, a new study suggests that these space rocks can actually help the environment. Researchers from the University of Tsukuba studied...

Technology

‘The Sims 5’: 3 things to expect from its gameplay features

EA and Maxis are still all-out in pushing for new content and expansions packs for the current installment of their popular life simulation game. However, the rumor mill has been rife with expectations about the release...

Microsoft Surface Book 3 with 32GB of RAM could be announced this Spring

Microsoft will be launching the Surface Book 3 and the Surface Go 2 this coming Spring based on recent reports. There wont be major design changes to the exteriors of both devices, according to Petri. However, buyers can...

‘GTA 6’ news: Rockstar Games job listing spawns speculations that title might already be in its testing phase

At the moment, Rockstar Games has not confirmed that it is working on the GTA 6, the sequel to its highly successful Grand Theft Auto V title. But fans of the franchise are pretty convinced that its only a matter of time...

Sony Xperia 5 Plus launch to push through despite MWC cancellation

The Sony Xperia 5 Plus was expected to be launched at the Mobile World Congress this year. Unfortunately, the event was canceled over fears of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan affecting a lot of planned launches of a handful...
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