Ed's Blog

May 18th, 2018

Sir Eric Pickles and I have been appointed as co-chairs of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation Advisory Board

Government press Release, published 18 April 2018 The UK’s Special Envoy for post-Holocaust Issues, the Rt Hon Sir Eric Pickles and the former Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, the Rt Hon Ed Balls, have today (18 April 2018) been appointed by the Prime Minister as co-chairs of [...]

May 17th, 2018

We’ve launched our third Harvard Brexit Paper: ‘On the Rebound: Prospects for a US-UK Free Trade Agreement’

Peter Sands, Mehek Sethi and I launched the third in our series of Harvard Working Papers exploring the impact of Brexit on British businesses at a Strand Group event at King’s College London last night.  The paper,  ‘On the Rebound: Prospects for a US-UK FTA’, examines the prospects for, and potential [...]

April 24th, 2018

Watch my Peterson Institute presentation on our updated Harvard Working Paper, ‘Central Bank Independence Revisited’

Anna Stansbury and I presented our updated M-RCBG working paper, “Central Bank Independence Revisited: After the financial crisis, what should a model central bank look like?” on April 23, 2018, at the Peterson Institute. The paper examines whether the empirical case for central bank independence has collapsed, whether the new powers central [...]

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 [...]