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How has digitalisation changed the economics of the creative industries?

Digital technologies have had a profound effect on the production and consumption of creative goods and services – from archives to video games. They have also challenged how economists analyse the creative industries and beyond, with the growing importance of platforms and network effects.

Communicating economics

#studentviews: How can UK policy-makers stop young people from vaping?

The UK proposes to introduce an excise duty on e-cigarettes, with the primary goal being to reduce their consumption. The policy’s effectiveness will depend on whether the price increase is enough to deter people from buying these products – and whether an overall smoking ban is implemented.

Pensions, savings & investment

Should the state pension age go up in countries with ageing populations?

In the developing world, falling fertility and rising life expectancy are leading to ageing populations. This has big implications for public spending, including on pensions. In response, many countries are raising the state pension age and/or debating whether it should go up further.

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Lessons from history

The Good Friday Agreement at 25: has there been a peace dividend?

The Good Friday Agreement ended a three decades-long conflict in Northern Ireland. Peace has brought some economic improvements, including lower unemployment, higher wages for low earners and the arrival of new industries. But progress in other areas – particularly productivity – has been limited.

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