Friday 19 February 2010

LSE in print

Guardian, 19-Feb-2010, page 1
Top economists hit back at Tories over spending cuts
A war of words has broken out among some of Britain's most respected economists over Conservative plans to begin cutting public spending immediately if they win the general election. Fifty heavyweight academics, many of them professors, have issued a stinging rebuke to the claim by shadow chancellor George Osborne that a consensus of economic experts supports his policies. Signatories to today's letter include John Van Reenen, director of the centre for economic policy at the LSE.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/feb/18/spending-cuts-economists-deficit|

Financial Times, 19-Feb-2010, page 12
Sharp shock now would be dangerous for UK
Letter to the Financial Times arguing that an economic "sharp shock" now would be dangerous for the UK economy. Signatories include Lord Layard, Emeritus Professor of Economics, LSE, and founder of the LSE Centre for Economic Performance.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/16d8f00a-1cf5-11df-aef7-00144feab49a.html|

Financial Times, 19-Feb-2010, page 12
First priority must be to restore robust growth
Letter to the Financial Times disagreeing with the letter to The Sunday Times of February 14 from 20 economists, which called for an accelerated programme of fiscal consolidation. Signatories include Graham Wallas, Professor of Political Science, LSE; and John Van Reenen, Professor of Economics, LSE.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/75b2481e-1cb5-11df-8d8e-00144feab49a.html|

Financial Times, 19-Feb-2010, page 4
Competition in NHS makes hospitals better, study says
Competition produces better managed hospitals which, in turn, produce better outcomes for patients, according to new research from the Centre for Economic Performance at the LSE. With the role of choice and competition in the National Health Service still highly controversial - the British Medical Association is currently running a large campaign against the commercialisation of the NHS - the research provides "clear cut evidence that competition between hospitals produces benefits," Carol Propper, one of the study's authors, said. The study interviewed managers and clinicians at 100 big NHS hospitals.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/3099e87c-1cf6-11df-aef7-00144feab49a.html|

Times, 19-Feb-2010, page 63
The week
The demands of an ageing population will outstrip Britain's care provision in seven years, according to research by the LSE. The research showed a widening "care gap", the equivalent of 5,000 carers by 2017, 40,000 by 2022 and 85,000 by 2026. A group of 18 charities wrote to The Times urging politicans to agree on how care should be funded.
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/public
_sector/article7032798.ece
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Times, 19-Feb-2010, page 31
Class factors may influence juries' decisions
Letter to the Times quoting an LSE study on juries in the late 1960s which the writer took part in: "The findings of the study were clear, the researcher told me a couple of years later... The main determinant of a guilty or not guilty verdict was the relative class of the defendant and the most influential jurors... although this study also found that comprehension of the judge's directions and summing up was limited, this was far less significant than the class issue. The study was "suppressed", I was told, and the researchers warned not to disclose any details. Britain may have changed greatly since then, but one wonders whether this aspect of jury workings may still have influence today."
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/letters/article7032661.ece|

New Scientist, 17-Feb-2010 page 46
Jon Adams: The robots' book club
How does a computer program read a novel? Jessica Griggs spoke to Jon Adams to find out
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20527481.600-john-adams-the
-robots-book-club.html
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LSE online

18/02/10 (New York Times)
Expecting a Surplus, Britain Posts a Deficit
LONDON — Britain provided another glimpse of the extent of its deteriorating public finances on Thursday In a letter last week, former bank of England officials, including Howard Davies, and other economists urged more action
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/19/business/global/19pound.html|

18/02/10 (FT Adviser )
Regardless of Hector Sants' performance during the last three years, his ... Many calamities that befell Mr Sants were rooted in the prior light-touch risk-based regulation, most of which was pure Howard Davies. ...
http://www.ftadviser.com/FinancialAdviser/Regulation/Regulators/FSA/Features
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18/02/10 (Financial Express )
UK posts first January budget deficit since records began in 1993
... including former Bank of England policy makers Timothy Besley, Howard Davies, Charles Goodhart and John Vickers said Brown's plan lacks urgency...

19/02/10 BBC News
Economists back delay on government spending cuts
The other, organised by Lord Layard, emeritus professor of economics at the London School of Economics, says Mr Darling's plan for reducing the deficit was ...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8523034.stm|

19/02/10 01:49 ((AOL (UK)))
Economists back Darling over cuts - AOL News
Economists back Chancellor Alistair Darling's decision to delay spending cuts until next year The other group, led by Lord Layard, emeritus professor of economics at the London School of Economics, commends Mr Darling's "sensible" plan for reducing the deficit.

19/02/10 01:39 ((Sky News))
Darling Gets Backing From Economists' Letter
More than 60 leading economists have backed Chancellor Alistair Darling over his decision to delay spending cuts until next year. The other, organised by Lord Layard, emeritus professor of economics at the London School of Economics, commends Mr Darling's "sensible" plan for reducing the deficit.
http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Politics/Economists-Write-To-Financial-
Times-To-Back-Alistair-Darling-Over-Plan-To-Delay-Spending-Cuts/Article/201002315552728?lpos=Politics_Top_Stories_Header_2&lid=ARTICLE_15552728_Economists_Write_
To_Financial_Times_To_Back_Alistair_Darling_Over_Plan_To_Delay_
Spending_Cuts
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19/02/10 03:44 ((New York Times))
The Past Clouds the Future of Europe’s New Antitrust Enforcer
BRUSSELS — When the financial crisis erupted more than a year ago, Joaquín Almunia, as the European Union’s economics and monetary affairs commissioner, projected an air of competence and seriousness,... But Kevin Featherstone, a professor at the London School of Economics and a specialist on European Union affairs and Greek politics, said Mr. Almunia could have done more to prevent the current fiasco...
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/19/business/global/19almunia.html?ref=world|

19/02/10 01:48 ((China Daily))
What's behind Obama-Dalai Lama meeting?
BEIJING: Despite China's firm and repeated opposition, US President Barack Obama met with the Dalai Lama in Washington on Thursday. In the view of Martin Jacques, a senior scholar at the London School of Economics, Obama's move reflected his worries about the decreasing US influence and the increasing influence of China on the int...
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2010-02/19/content_9474518.htm|

19/02/10 01:39 ((Irish Times))
Where the sharpest pit their wits
Generations of public figures have cut their oratorical teeth competing in TheDebate, which tonight celebrates 50 years in existence. jogs the memories of some of its past winners d 1979 winner. He recalls being amazed by the oratorical power of Conor Gearty (winner in 1978 and 1979, now director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics) and...
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/features/2010/0219/1224264788658.html|

19/02/10 01:31 ((Stourbridge News))
1:05am Friday 19th February 2010
More than 60 leading economists have backed Chancellor Alistair Darling over his decision to delay spending cuts until next year. The other group, led by Lord Layard, emeritus professor of economics at the London School of Economics, commends Mr Darling's "sensible" plan for reducing the deficit.
http://www.stourbridgenews.co.uk/uk_national_news/5016920.Economists
_back_Darling_over_cuts/
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18/02/10 20:45 ((The Tribune India))
Foreign Universities will benefit India
WITH the HRD Ministry ready with the "Foreign Educational Institutions (Regulation of Entry and Operations, Maintenance of Quality and Prevention of Commercialisation) Bill" coupled with allocation of ... Nadar School of Advanced Software Engineering. Students fork over $53,000 for the entire 18-month program - 15% lower if the course-work was done in US. Similarly, the London School of Economics offer...
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20100219/edit.htm|

18/02/10 19:17 ((New York Times))
Europe’s Top Monetary Official Moves to New Role
BRUSSELS — Just as European Union institutions come under fire for not detecting problems earlier in Greece’s finances, the official most responsible during the past five years, Joaquín Almunia, slipp... But Kevin Featherstone, a professor at the London School of Economics and an expert on E.U. affairs and Greek politics, said Mr. Almunia could have done more to prevent the current fiasco by digging i...
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/19/business/global/19almunia.html?src=twr|

18/02/10 15:18 ((Public Finance))
Tales of the unprotected
Safeguarding the budgets of health and education could leave unprotected public Tony Travers is director of the Greater London Group at the London School of Economics
http://www.publicfinance.co.uk/features/2010/02/tales-of-the-unprotected/|

18/02/10 14:28 ((Public Finance))
Economists call for fiscal policy committee
An independent body should be set up to scrutinise government plans to plug the public deficit, according to leading economists. Tim Besley, professor of economics and political science at London School of Economics, told Public Finance that a fiscal policy committee would help achieve ‘an appropriate level of transparency and ...
http://www.publicfinance.co.uk/news/2010/02/economists-call-for-fiscal-policy-committee/|

18/02/10 12:04 ((Nursing Times))
Competition between hospitals improves care, says research
Hospitals perform better when senior staff have clinical backgrounds and there is competition from nearby health trusts, according to research. Strong NHS management was linked to the number of neighbouring trusts competing for patients and effective communication with nurses and medical staff, the London School of Economics found.
http://www.nursingtimes.net/whats-new-in-nursing/management/
competition-between-hospitals-improves-care-says-research/5011651.article
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18/02/10 08:08 ((Public Finance))
Better managed NHS trusts ‘have better medical results’
Hospitals with stronger management have better clinical results, according to a London School of Economics study. Hospitals with stronger management have better clinical results, according to a London School of Economics study. The LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance found that management was better where more ...
http://www.publicfinance.co.uk/news/2010/02/better-managed-nhs-trusts-have-better-medical-results/|

18/02/10 (New York Times)
Europe's Top Monetary Official Moves to New Role
But Kevin Featherstone, a professor at the London School of Economics and an expert on EU affairs and Greek politics, said Mr. Almunia could have done more ...
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/19/business/global/19almunia.html|

18/02/10 (TIME)
Weighed Down
... in those members having failed to integrate enough," says Bob Hancké, a professor of European political economy at the London School of Economics.

18/02/10 (ExecutiveGov)
Peter Orszag
Dr. Orszag graduated summa cum laude in economics from Princeton University and obtained a doctorate degree in economics from the London School of Economics
http://www.executivegov.com/2010/02/peter-orszag/|

LSE on TV/radio

BBC 1 (18 February)
London Today
Tony Travers discusses Lambeth Council’s plans to re-organise services along the lines of a co-operative.

BBC World Service (17 February)
Europe Today
Professor Thanos Veremis, Senior Research Fellow at the Hellenic Observatory, took part in a roundtable discussion on Greek Economic Crisis and the austerity measures.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00663z5| 

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