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from The Great Debate UK:

Economist John Kay mulls Berlin Wall anniversary

When the Berlin Wall fell 20 years ago, the momentous event marked the triumph of the market economy over planned economic structures, says British economist John Kay.

He explains his views on why the capitalist system reigns supreme.

from The Great Debate UK:

Why is the UK still in recession when the U.S. isn’t?

Recent U.S.  gross domestic product data show the world's biggest economy emerged from recession in the third quarter, while in the UK data show that in the same period Britain's economy contracted.

British economist and author John Kay theorizes that Britain is mired in its worst recession on record in part because government support has not been evenly distributed across sectors.

"We've poured money into the financial sector -- by and large the financial sector in Britain is doing OK," he said.  "But very little of that is getting through to small and medium-size businesses out there in the rest of the economy."

from The Great Debate UK:

Narrow banking: reforms for the future

British economist and author John Kay argues in "Narrow Banking: the reform of banking legislation" that the financial services industry should be restructured to ensure that regulation serves the interests of the public.

"A competitive marketplace is one in which well run businesses earn profits through domestic and international competition, and badly run businesses go to the wall," he says.

"That is the process by which the market system promotes innovation and economic progress, and suppression of that process damages innovation and economic progress."

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