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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

S. Korea airlines eye expanded routes to China to meet business demand

South Korea is seeking to increase the number of flights to China to 10 a week, to resume flights on three more routes on top of the four it already serves to meet travel demand from businessmen. Korean Air Lines Co.,...

Anti-China sentiment in India bodes well for Samsung: analysts

Samsung Electronics Co. is expected to increase its sales in India due to a public boycott of Chinese-made goods. The growing anti-China sentiment in India was due to 20 Indian soldiers deaths in last months border...

US imposes 25% duties on French goods in digital tax row

The US imposed 25 percent more duties on $1.3 billion value of French imports in response to Frances digital services tax. However, it is holding off from collecting the additional duties to allow further time to...

Chinese banks brace being cut off US dollar supply

Chinese banks are preparing contingency plans if US legislation causes them to be cut off from US dollars or lose access to US dollar settlements as a penalty for serving officials implementing the new national security...

Owners of multiple homes in S. Korea to be assessed with steeper taxes

South Korea will raise property ownership tax rates on people who own three or more homes from a range of 0.6 to 3.2 percent to a scope of 1.2 to 6 percent to curb housing prices. Companies with multiple homes will be...

Politics

Donald Trump: POTUS spotted wearing a face mask for the first time

Throughout the pandemic, Donald Trump has infamously refused to wear a face mask when going out in public. However, it appears that the president had changed his tune somewhat when he was spotted out in public wearing a...

Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in polls in Texas and Florida

Over the past few months, former vice president Joe Biden maintains a lead in public opinion polls over Donald Trump. Recent polls in both Texas and Florida have since added to Bidens lead, showing him leading by five to...

Barack Obama: Donald Trump claims ex-POTUS played golf more than him throughout his presidency

Donald Trump has often attacked his predecessor Barack Obama on Twitter and throughout his eight years as president. Recently, Trump claimed that the former president played more rounds of golf throughout his presidency...

Joe Biden reveals his plan to revive the US economy

President Donald Trump has often boasted that his administration is responsible for the so-called economic boom, a claim that may have played a part in his election in 2016. Now, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to...

Science

Iron Age crime scene discovered by scientists amidst railway project

Many archaeological discoveries over time are known to have been made by accident. In this case, in the midst of construction of a railway, workers and scientists have unearthed what appears to be a crime scene dating back...

Archaeologists discover earliest artworks of animals in Asia found in Siberia

To the earliest humans, cave drawings usually were an account of important events of their lives at the time. Recently, researchers have found what may be the first-ever animal drawings made by the earliest humans in...

NASA: Agency confirms a storm occurring in Jupiter after it was discovered by an amateur astronomer

NASA, along with other space agencies and space enthusiasts, have detected activity going on in other planets in the Solar System and beyond. Recently, the agency confirmed one amateur astronomers sighting of a storm...

Paleontologists discover pocket-sized ancestor of the dinosaurs

Dinosaurs are more commonly believed to be large living beings, from being similar in size to a child to as massive as a house or even a small building. However, paleontologists recently discovered fossilized remains of...

Technology

Pixel 4a will have a 5G model but the announcement is moved to August, reports claim

Information leaks about the Google Pixel 4a keep changing almost every week. The most recent details that surfaced will excite and disappoint fans at the same time. A potential 5G model could be in the pipeline, but its...

‘NBA 2K21’: What version of the Mamba Forever Edition should players buy

Despite the NBA season 2019-20 getting delayed due to COVID-19, the basketball league has proceeded as usual in the virtual world. As a result, NBA 2K21 is now confirmed to be launched during its usual release window....

GoPro HERO8 Black is now an HD webcam through a free firmware update

Video conferences have become an important way to communicate while following safety guidelines amid a pandemic. It is then not surprising that GoPro adapts to these changes by making HERO8 Black an HD webcam for people...

Nintendo Switch 2 won’t arrive anytime soon, here’s why

​This year marks the start of a new generation for gaming consoles, except for Nintendo. In a recent conference, the video game company reiterated its plans of prolonging the life cycle of its flagship console. This means...
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