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What will Trump mean for the US and the World?

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  For the third time this year, the world has awoken to an election result that leaves many people shocked. Donald Trump, who has spent less than half of the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, has capitalised on free media, the allure of a good show, and sheer anger to win the Presidential election. He will… Continue reading What will Trump mean for the US and the World?

Examining an elephant: globalisation and the lower middle class

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  The Policy Forum is hosting Adam Corlett, of the Resolution Foundation, to present his latest paper on the effects of globalisation on the lower middle class of the rich world, at 6:30pm on Monday 24th October in 4429 in the Main Building at Russell Square. The UK’s vote to leave the EU, the US… Continue reading Examining an elephant: globalisation and the lower middle class

Tribute: Professor Paul Webley

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  The members of the Policy Forum were saddened to hear of the death of the School’s former director, Professor Paul Webley CBE, today. Professor Webley was director for nine years, and although most of our members only experienced the last few years of his directorship he was an excellent steward of the School, and… Continue reading Tribute: Professor Paul Webley

What can the UK prison system learn from the economics of prison gangs?

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  The SOAS Policy forum is delighted to be hosting two very insightful speakers, Andrew Neilson from the Howard League, and Dr David Skarbek, Kings College London, on a talk about prison reform, the economics of prison gangs, and what policies the UK Government should and should not be doing as they seek to upgrade… Continue reading What can the UK prison system learn from the economics of prison gangs?

How can we make London affordable again?

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  How Will We Ever Grow Roots In London?   This week’s discussion is about the problem of unaffordable housing costs in the UK. This is a problem that most people feel very strongly about as it’s become almost impossible to get on the property ladder in the many parts of the country. Jonathon Kitson… Continue reading How can we make London affordable again?

Syrian Refugees in Jordan – What are they doing to the labour market?

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  Syrian Refugees in Jordan – What are they doing to the labour market? With enormous numbers of refugees spilling into Syria due to the ongoing conflict, there has been a great deal of discussion around the effects of this displacement, particularly on the recipient countries. Although most of this discourse has focused on Europe,… Continue reading Syrian Refugees in Jordan – What are they doing to the labour market?

Us, Google and The Taxman

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  Us, Google and The Taxman This is the start of the a weekly discussion between members of the Economics Centre at the SOAS Policy Forum. This week we focus on Google’s tax deal with HMRC, and the debate around how corporation tax payments are handled. Jonathan Kitson has been a member of the Policy… Continue reading Us, Google and The Taxman

Dr Emily Skarbek – How sweatshops benefit the poor.

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This week Dr Emily Skarbek came to talk to the Policy Forum about how sweatshops can benefit the poor. Note that this wasn’t a paternalistic discussion about how lucky people are to work 14 hour days earning cents per hour, but a demonstration of the choices some of the very poorest in the world make. Some research… Continue reading Dr Emily Skarbek – How sweatshops benefit the poor.

Iran Deal: An Assessment

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Iran Deal: An Assessment Friday 6:30PM – 7:30PM Montague Room, Senate House 13 November 2015 The Joint Comprehensive Agreement, or Iran Nuclear Deal, was created in July but only came into effect in October this year. The SOAS Policy Forum has convened experts to offer their assessments on how successful this agreement has been, and… Continue reading Iran Deal: An Assessment