The Great Debate UK

Women’s fortunes in the job market take a turn for the worse

July 11, 2011

By Kathleen Brooks. The opinions expressed are her own.

Back in early 2009 I was sitting in the library trying to find a new spin on the U.S. financial crisis for a college paper. I trawled through book after book and they all said the same thing. But finally, late into the night, I stumbled upon something fresh in the latest unemployment report.

from Breakingviews:

U.S. jobs rout should give fiscal hawks pause

July 8, 2011

By Agnes T. Crane and Christopher Swann
The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.

The racial wealth gap: not just an American problem

April 8, 2011

-Omar Khan is director of policy research at UK race equality think tank The Runnymede Trust. The opinions expressed are his own.-

from Chrystia Freeland:

Even the IMF now agrees it’s all about jobs, jobs, jobs

March 7, 2011

Regular readers of Chrystia's column will remember that she recently called out the IMF for failing to foresee the destabilizing effects of rising youth unemployment in Egypt. Specifically, in its April 2010 Article IV assessment of Egypt, the IMF concluded the country's economy was in fact more resistant to external shocks thanks to "sustained and wide-ranging reforms." Well, it turns out that the IMF has evolved in its thinking.  In an exclusive interview today with Chrystia and Reuters IMF correspondent Lesley Wroughton, IMF First Managing Director John Lipsky announced that going forward the Fund will more heavily weight unemployment risks in its annual country assessments.  "We think that these are very important issues and need to be looked at, and again, not just in cases where it might result in political turmoil but just as a matter of course in examining economic developments and policies," Lipsky said.

What if the U.S. labour market never returns to “normal”?

February 7, 2011

-Kathleen Brooks is research director at The opinions expressed are her own.-

Could the Middle Eastern unrest start to unsettle financial markets?

January 31, 2011

-“Kathleen Brooks is research director at The opinions expressed are her own.”-

Targeting ‘champion’ businesses can assuage unemployment fears

December 23, 2010

Charlotte Hogg— Charlotte Hogg is Managing Director of Experian UK & Ireland. The opinions expressed are her own.

from The Great Debate:

Obama, Moses and exaggerated expectations

October 25, 2010

-Bernd Debusmann is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own-

President Barack Obama is close to the half-way mark of his presidential mandate, a good time for a brief look at health care, unemployment, war, the level of the oceans, the health of the planet, and America's image. They all featured in a 2008 Obama speech whose rhetoric soared to stratospheric heights.

from Breakingviews:

Recovery leaves too many big problems unsolved

January 4, 2010

ed hadas.jpgThe economic worst is past. But there are many issues left to worry about.

Start with the good news. GDP is now growing almost everywhere, while the unemployment rate is hardly rising anywhere. Businesses and consumers are less fearful. As much as half of the 20 percent decline in international trade has been erased.

The long term unemployed – an untapped workforce

October 14, 2009


– Chris Melvin is Chief Executive of Reed in Partnership. Any views expressed are his own –