Ed's Blog

February 14th, 2018

My new Harvard Working Paper with Peter Sands: ‘Time for Clarity: British Business on The Path to Brexit’

Detailed Harvard survey of Small and Medium-Sized UK businesses reveals the following:  The overwhelming majority who expressed an opinion want to stay in the Customs Union, believing that the potential gains from Britain negotiating its own trade deals elsewhere in the world cannot offset the substantial disadvantages of leaving the [...]

November 29th, 2017

2017 Harold Wincott Memorial Lecture: My Response to Prof Sir Charles Bean, ‘Central Banks after the Great Recession’, 28 November 2017

[This response draws extensively on the M-RCG Working Paper I have written with Anna Stansbury and James Howat ‘Central Bank Independence Revisited: After the financial crisis, what should a model central bank look like?’. Grateful thanks to Anna and Eleanor Hallam for helpful comments on an earlier draft of this [...]

October 25th, 2017

My comment for Times Red Box, ‘The new Holocaust memorial will remind us where unchecked hatred can lead’

Hate crime in Britain is rising, with figures published last week revealing it has increased by 29 per cent over the past year. This is the largest increase since records began. Let’s stop and consider what that means: that growing numbers of people in modern Britain are experiencing hatred simply [...]

October 19th, 2017

Talking about Stammering Awareness Day, Brexit and Strictly (what a combination!)…

Check out my conversation with BBC’s Simon McCoy on Afternoon Live today… Fascinating chat with @edballs on #AfternoonLive talking Stammering Awareness Day, Brexit and Strictly! pic.twitter.com/Ffj0788FPA — Simon McCoy (@BBCSimonMcCoy) October 19, 2017   [...]

September 27th, 2017

Bank of England Independence – 20 Years On

It’s hard to believe that it has already been 20 years since the incoming Labour government made the Bank of England independent. Back in May, our Strand Group team at Kings’s organised an anniversary seminar to discuss why it happened and how it worked in practice. You can watch it [...]

August 17th, 2017

The Global Financial Crisis: Ten Years On – my speech at the Australian National Press Club

Thank you very much indeed for inviting me today – what a great honour it is to speak to this National Press Club. In the drinks reception beforehand, it was very humbling to see the pictures on the walls of the very distinguished Australian, and also international, speakers that you’ve [...]

August 16th, 2017

Recent Guardian podcast and TV interviews with David Speers and ABC News, Australia

Click here to listen to my Guardian podcast with former Treasurer of Australia, Wayne Swan:                 My interview on ABC News…   Our GFC+10 event at Melbourne Town Hall:                         And a [...]

June 27th, 2017

‘Even the police have glittered cheekbones’: My take on Glastonbury for the Guardian…

It’s not the crowds or the noise or the buzz but the smells that hit your senses with an unexpected intensity. The tangy, mulchy pong of wood chips scattered liberally across motorway-wide pedestrian thoroughfares. The acid stench of urine rising up from the “long-drop” mass open toilet blocks. The strong [...]

June 12th, 2017

My Harvard paper and Times article with Peter Sands, ‘Making Brexit Work for British Business’

Brexit implies profound changes for British businesses: from how they trade, to how they are regulated and how they employ people. To explore the challenges and opportunities we interviewed over 50 mid-sized British businesses and trade associations, with the objective of identifying the key execution priorities for Brexit from their [...]

May 5th, 2017

Bank of England Independence: Twenty Years On

On 2nd May, the Strand Group and hosted a half-day conference at King’s College London, featuring discussions led by Visiting Professor Ed Balls, to mark the twentieth anniversary of the New Labour government’s decision to give the Bank of England operational independence in 1997, to reflect on the Bank’s role over [...]