School of Business and Management


Industrial Revolution: factor prices and innovations

Industrial Revolution: factor prices and innovations A previous post outlined a number of major inventions (or macro-inventions) of the eighteenth century that were basis for the inventions of the nineteenth century that propelled productivity growth. These innovations, according to Robert Allen, would not have taken place in Britain in the absence of cheap coal deposits. Another unique factor driving the innovations was Britain’s expensive labour. Labour was expensive in Britain, and economic historians have traced the origins of the high wages back to the Black Death plague (in the 14th century) that reduced the working age population significantly. Moreover, Britain’s commercial success in international economy played a role in the growth of wages.

Date added: Thursday, September 20, 2018

Putin’s economic dilemma

By Brigitte Granville and Vladimir Mau (Re-blogged) Despite Western sanctions and oil-price volatility, Russia is currently on sturdier economic footing than most of its critics ever could have imagined just a few years ago. But while prudent fiscal and monetary policies have laid the groundwork for long-term sustainable growth, the government must resist the temptation of short-term stimulus. Russia has a way of illustrating universal problems. Consider the goal of economic development. Political leaders have an interest in delivering economic prosperity very quickly, and yet the policies needed to enable sustainable long-term growth can take quite a while to bear fruit. The political and policy clocks are rarely synchronized. Continue reading

Date added: Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Research on Economic Inequality: poverty, inequality and welfare.

By Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay

Date added: Thursday, May 31, 2018

CGR Workshop on Development

On Friday, 8th of June the Centre of Globalisation Research (CGR) of the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London is hosting a workshop on development organised by Prof. Almudena Sevilla.

Date added: Thursday, May 31, 2018

US sanctions against Russia prove globalisation’s mettle

By Brigitte Granville

Date added: Friday, April 27, 2018

Toxic roads: Fatal effects of waste dumping in Ethiopia

Research by Dr. Caterina Gennaioli, Director of the CGR, was featured in the media briefings of the Royal Economic Society.

Date added: Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Making bad economies: The poverty of Mexican drug cartels

Some stories say that local economies benefit from cartels in Mexico. But research suggests that the areas most plagued by drug-related violence have seriously suffered economically. 

Date added: Monday, February 12, 2018

Against minimalistic Europe: More democracy and more participation to make integration stronger

Dr Stella Ladi, programme co-director of the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) and member of CGR, participated as a panellist in a debate about the recently published book Reset Europe: New directions for the EU written by Richard Youngs. The event organised by the Centre for European Research at QMUL by Sarah Wolff, CER director, started with Youngs presentation of his book and finalised with a roundtable discussion.

Date added: Monday, February 19, 2018

IAB-forum interview with Prof. Pedro Martins

In 19 October 2017. Prof. Pedro Martins was interviewed on labour policy and labour market research by the German online magazine, IAB-Forum, provided by Institute for Employment Research of the Federal Employment Agency in Germany.

Date added: Monday, December 11, 2017

Professor Granville interviewed by The New York Times

(…) “When you grow up in France, none of the heroes you learn about are entrepreneurs,” said Brigitte Granville, a professor of economics at Queen Mary University of London, who was raised in France. “When someone gets rich in France, people immediately ask, ‘What did he do to make this money? He must be a nasty person.’” (…)

Date added: Friday, February 9, 2018

New publication by Dr. Baglioni on labour relation

Labour control and the labour question in global production networks: exploitation and disciplining in Senegalese export horticulture, by Dr. Elena Baglioni  

Date added: Monday, December 11, 2017

Quetzalcoatl: God of IP and Big Data?

Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, is the god of wind and learning, patron of learning and knowledge and related to the gods of arts and crafts. He was first revered in Teotihuacan, just outside modern Mexico City. In modern societies incentives for knowledge creation are frequently dependent on protection and enforcement of IP rights (Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, Designs,...). This brings us to the 2017 IP Statistics for Decision Makers conference, which took place last week in Mexico City – coincidence?

Date added: Thursday, November 30, 2017

Annual Globalisation Seminar and Workshop in Political Economy and Economic Policy

Last Thursday, 21st November saw the annual edition of the Workshop in Political Economy and Economic Policy and the Globalisation Seminar Series organised by Dr. Caterina Gennaioli.

Date added: Tuesday, November 28, 2017