Latest pieces

Op-eds/comments: Project SyndicateThe Guardian, New York Times, Financial Times, The Times, Forbes, City A.M.The Conversation, Vox. See my Blog & Podcasts.


"The good, the bad and the ugly of 3D printing technology," Financial Times, 16 August 2018.


'Why the Bank of England should target growth," Project Syndicate, 10 August 2018. (Featured in the Big Picture: Monetary Myopia)


"On the prosperity of countries," Vox, 4 August 2018.


"A quick review of 250 years of economic theory about tariffs," Harvard Business Review, 26 July 2018.  


"A global trade hub for services: The UK after Brexit," LSE IDEAS Strategic Update, 19 July 2018.


"How the U.S. can avoid a slow-growth future," MarketWatch, 5 June 2018.


"Speaking out of the silence - my conception of a library," The Times Literary Supplement (TLS), 24 May 2018.


"Globalization is facing its biggest challenges to date. What's next?" FundForum blog, 21 May 2018.


My Q&A on my new Great Economists book, "The ultimate celebration of books," Western Mail, 19 May 2018.


"The most influential women in history in business & economics," BBC History Magazine, 18 May 2018.


"Top 15 thinkers on innovations that will most change our lives by 2050," WIRED, 18 May 2018.


"The most important economics books," The Reading Lists, 13 May 2018.


My "weirdest" travel experience, Lonely Planet magazine, May 2018.


"Learning from ideas of great economists,"  Q&A in Hindustan Times, 2 May 2018.


"What the great economic thinkers would make of 2018," Prospect magazine, 13 April 2018.


"History's 'greatest economists' and how their ideas can help us today," LSE British Politics and Politics blog, 12 April 2018.


"Globalisation: For the many and not the few?" Bristol Festival of Ideas blog, 9 April 2018.


"A US-China trade war would hurt us all," The Guardian, 5 April 2018.


"Friedrich Hayek's devotion to the free market," The Times Literary Supplement's Footnotes to Plato series, 23 March 2018.


"My reading list," The Reading Lists, 19 March 2018.


"Will China become rich?" South China Morning Post, 16 March 2018.


"Do trade deficits matter?," City A.M., 14 March 2018.


"Re-thinking deficit spending in the UK Spring Statement," Forbes, 13 March 2018.


"UK, the EU and China after Brexit," The UK in a Changing Europe blog, 2 February 2018.


"It's a good time for Britain to talk trade with China," The Times Red Box, 31 January 2018.


My 2018 economic outlook for France, OMFIF, January 2018.


My comments on the UK economic outlook for 2018, including the productivity challenge, Financial Times, 2 January 2018 (full responses on my blog).


"China banks on renewable energy to serve its vast, emerging middle class," The National, 1 January 2018.


"China's fallout with Australia: the tip of the iceberg? Power abhors a vacuum. And China is increasingly stepping into the gap in the world economic order," South China Morning Post, 16 December 2017.


Includes my recommendation: "14 must-read books from LBS professors," 15 December 2017.


My Q&A on Economic Trends: Property Cycles, Savills Impacts magazine, 4 December 2017.


"Time to reconsider the Budget rules and avoid 'fiscal illusions,'" LSE British Politics and Policy blog, 23 November 2017.


"UK Budget shifts course," Forbes, 22 November 2017. 


"Is the UK about to have its first rate rise in a decade?" Forbes, 31 October 2017.


"What next for UK plc? The future is uncertain. Here are five ways British businesses can survive and thrive," London Business School Review with Randall S Peterson, Herminia Ibarra, Freek Vermeulen and Richard Portes, 18 October 2017.


"Realising the aims of 'Global Britain': How can 'Global Britain' create an effective post-Brexit trade strategy?" Strategic Update, LSE IDEAS, 21 September 2017. Also published as "Global Britain: the trade strategies the UK could pursue after Brexit," LSE Brexit Blog, 2 October 2017.



"Britain is set to become the world's trade hub by linking together US, Europe and China, top economist predicts," The Sun writes up my speech, 1 October 2017.


"Chinese Economic Policy," Oxford Bibliographies, 26 July 2017.


"Britain's Economic Outlook after Brexit," Global Policy, Special Issue: Europe and the World: Global Insecurity and Power Shifts, 8(S4), pp. 54-61, 29 June 2017.


"Beyond the horizon: how has Luxembourg's financial industry fared since the financial crisis?" Letzebuerger Journal writes up my speech at the 2017 Horizons Conference in Luxembourg, 29 June 2017


"The Brexit dilemma," Forbes, 21 June 2017.


"How billionaires and Beijing shaped the Tencent-Tesla tie-up," Nikkei Asian Review, 6 April 2017.


"The continuing uncertainty of Brexit," Forbes, 29 March 2017.


"Fate of a post-Brexit nation," London Business School Review, 15 March 2017.


"UK Budget reveals upcoming challenges," Forbes, 8 March 2017.


"The economic practicalities of Brexit," OMFIF Bulletin, March 2017.


"Malaysia will be hit if China faces recession," The Edge Malaysian newspaper writes up my speech at the 2017 ASEAN conference, 20 February 2017 (PDF, page 5).


"Can we end poverty by 2030?" OUPblog, 18 January 2017.


"Economists gloomy on UK prospects for 2017" Financial Times annual survey of UK economists, 2 January 2017. My full responses on my Blog.


"What to expect in 2017," London Business School Review, 15 December 2016.


"Threat of currency volatility," OMFIF Bulletin & "RMB's rising importance adds to fluctuations," FOCUS: 2016 in review, December 2016. (in PDF or read on my blog


"Trump and Asia Pivot: Post TPP outlook," The Diplomat, 30 November 2016.


"Britain's new fiscal mandate opens way to invest for economic growth," Forbes, 23 November 2016.


"The economic effect of 'Trumpism'," OUPblog, Oxford University Press, 10 November 2016.


"Redistribution: The heart of Clinton's plan," Candidate Clinton's chance: Policies for America's economic challenges, OMFIF report, 31 October 2016.


"Economist says 'flash crash' triggered by Brexit but 'compounded' by electronic trading," Sunday Express writes up my BBC Radio 4 Today programme segment on Brexit and the Pound, 8 October 2016.


"Britain's Brexit plans and the market to watch," Forbes, 4 October 2016. 


"Inequality is a global problem. Here's how to tackle it," CapX, 28 September 2016.


"Where the UK economy stands after the Brexit vote," Forbes, 22 September 2016. 


"A better visa deal for Indian visitors to Britain," Letters, The Telegraph, 21 September 2016. 


My "Welcome" to the Brexit edition of Commonwealth Voices, Royal Commonwealth Society magazine, September 2016.


"Would cancelling Hinkley severely damage UK-China economic ties?" City A.M., 10 August 2016.


"Infrastructure holds Europe's untapped potential," Europe's World11 July 2016.


"What does a post-Brexit future look like for Britain?" Forbes, 1 July 2016.


"The Brexit trade-off," OUPblog, Oxford University Press, 29 June 2016. 


"The one certainty about Brexit," Forbes, 20 June 2016.


"Should the world fear a new trade war?" City A.M., 20 May 2016.


"UK Budget is a missed opportunity," Forbes, 16 March 2016.


"Risks to the global economy: China and interest rates," Forbes, 15 March 2016.


"Chinese tech groups will soon be snapping at Google's heels," Financial Times, 9 February 2016.


"UK stock market decline doesn't mean recession," Forbes, 29 January 2016.


"Are we heading for a crash?" The Guardian, 29 January 2016.


"Why the world's most valuable company faces a challenging future," Forbes, 27 January 2016.


"Why China's market crash is so unsurprising," Harvard Business Review, 12 January 2016.


My documentary on the U.S. elections is covered by a local paper: The Farmville Herald7 January 2016.


My "Ahead of the pack" piece on what could end the UK's M&A bandwagon, Capital Insights, EY, Q4 2015.


"Superpowers in conflict?London Business School Review with Richard Portes, December 2015 (PDF). 


"New central banking model," OMFIF Bulletin, December 2015 (PDF).


"What a Fed rate rise means for the world economy," Forbes, 17 December 2015.


"China's growth: A brief history," Harvard Business Review, 9 December 2015.


"Dollar, RMB, euro: A new world economic order," Forbes, 1 December 2015.


"There's no such thing as an 'optimal' size of the state," LSE Business Review, 27 November 2015 & LSE British Politics and Policy blog, 29 November 2015.


"The useful Trojan horse of the UK productivity puzzle," VOX, CEPR's policy portal, 25 November 2015.


"Britain, investment, and Brexit," Forbes, 24 November 2015.


"Britain's productivity challenge: It won't be solved by working like the Chinese," Forbes, 23 October 2015.


"Britain's 'special relationship' with China," Forbes, 7 October 2015.


My recommended books: Adam Smith's biography & Wealth of Nations, Business Insider, 29 September 2015.


"Bank of England and the changing face of central banking," Forbes, 29 September 2015.


"Here's how to prevent the next China crisis," The Times, 27 August 2015.


"How a Chinese slowdown will hit global growth," The Conversation, 26 August 2015.


My take on China and global markets, AP25 August 2015.


"This isn't China's Lehman moment -- yet," The Guardian, 12 August 2015. 



My take on how UK & US interest rate rises affect the global economy, London Business School, 30 July 2015.


"China's abnormal stock market," Project Syndicate, 28 July 2015.


My take on what China's stock market crash tells us, BBC News, 22 July 2015.


"Taking stock of China's stock market crisis," my Q&A including the implications for the UK, LexisNexis, 14 July 2015.


My take on China's stock market crisis, NBC News, 9 July 2015.


"Making the invisible parts of the economy visible" (Why the UK economy may be in better shape than we think), BBC News, 16 June 2015.


"China, the U.S., and the emerging world order," China Policy Institute blog, University of Nottingham, 18 May 2015.


My blog for BBC College of Journalism on 'Specialist journalism can be a tough old business,' 14 January 2015.


My interview on Britain & the internationalisation of the RMB in Ta Kung Pao, 6 October 2014 (in Chinese). 



My interview on China's & Britain's economic prospects in International Finance News, 11 August 2014. 


My report on the US economy is covered by a local Maryland newspaper, "BBC visits Crisfield," The Daily Times, 21 February 2014. 



"Echoes of Deng's 1978 Reforms" and "China Plots Moves for Reform," OMFIF Bulletin, December 2013 (PDF).

"What to expect from the Third Plenum?" China Policy Institute blog, University of Nottingham, 4 November 2013.


"Dominant Countries, Lost in Transition," New York Times Room for Debate, 26 July 2013.


My suggested books on the Chinese economy: Reading ChinaBusiness Strategy Review, London Business School, 23 July 2013.


"Is the Beijing Consensus a model for Myanmar?" Le Monde, 5 June 2013.


"China shows Myanmar cannot take success for granted," Bangkok Post, 3 June 2013.


My piece on China: The making of an economic superpower, OUP blog, 23 May 2013. 


My piece on the UK Budget 2013: "The Chancellor has finally shifted towards stimulating growth," British Politics and Policy blog at LSE, 20 March 2013.


"Understanding China," Business Strategy Review, 5 March 2013.


"The next phase of growth," China Policy Institute blog, University of Nottingham, 4 March 2013.


"Is China's slowdown structural or cyclical? FT Emerging Markets/beyondbrics blog, Financial Times, 25 October 2012.


"China's reforms: 2012 leadership and the next phase of growth," European Union Institute for Security Studies, China Insight series, September 2012.


"China's quiet radical moves," FT Emerging Markets/beyondbrics blog, Financial Times, 6 July 2012.


"China's Strategy Towards the Financial Crisis and Economic Reform" in China's Geoeconomic Strategy LSE IDEAS research centre report, May 2012. 


"China's foreign investment liberalisation is a 'turning point'," FT Emerging Markets/beyondbrics blog, Financial Times, 5 April 2012.


"Why China must continue to reform," The European Financial Review, February-March 2012, pp. 54-57.


"The calm before the storm: 2011 review and the 2012 outlook," AOL Money, 21 December 2011.

"2011 saw an Arab Spring and the euro in crisis – get ready for even more drama in 2012," City A.M., 20 December 2011.


"Self-made in China," article for the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA) Journal, Summer 2011.


"Seeing double at central banks," op-ed piece for Project Syndicate, 7 July 2011.


"How Europe can welcome the Chinese," The Guardian, 27 June 2011. 


"The conflicted Bank of England" op-ed piece published by Project Syndicate, 5 May 2011. 


"Why China must change," Business Strategy Review, London Business School, April 2011. 


"China looks for inner richness," The Guardian, 14 February 2011. 


"Is China's housing market headed for a crash?" The Guardian, 22 December 2010. 


IMF gets tough on banks with ‘FAT’ levy,” The Guardian, 21 April 2010.


"Emerging questions," London Views, March 2010, where I comment on the next set of emerging economies and associated business strategy. 


"The World Economy: Headed North -- The Global Recession is Over: Pro and Con?" The Debate Room, BusinessWeek, 8 October 2009, where I argue the con case. 


"China goes global," The Guardian, 18 May 2009. This article is part of the 'China at the crossroads' series. 


Landfall in Asia: Market slumps shows no region is immune, but China is well placed to weather the storm,” The Guardian,28 October 2008. 


The financial cloud’s silver lining: If a new system of international economic law emerges as a result of the banking crisis, it could benefit all nations,” The Guardian,23 October 2008. 


China ‘can be engine of growth,’” BBC News, 20 October 2008.


Credit crunch future predictions,” BBC News, 16 September 2008.