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Here you will find the articles contributed by our academics from across all four departments that make up the Business School.

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Without HS3, all railroads lead to London - and a lopsided nation

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Pat Hanlon, a Senior Lecturer in Transport Economics, discusses George Osborne's proposal for a high speed rail line across the north of England and the effects it could have on the UK's great economic imbalance.
Date:
25/06/2014

Queen's Speech 2014: Professor Isabelle Szmigin discusses the plastic bag tax

Queen's Speech 2014: Professor Isabelle Szmigin discusses the plastic bag tax
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Professor Isabelle Szmigin discusses the 5p levy on plastic bags that is to be introduced in England.
Date:
04/06/2014

Explainer: do sanctions work?

Explainer: do sanctions work?
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Colin Rowat, Lecturer in Economics, looks how the consensus seems to be that the West must "do something" to prevent instability in Ukraine and Russia's other neighbours, and whether that should include wider sanctions for the whole country.
Date:
01/04/2014

Brand history shows marketing is the second oldest profession

Brand history shows marketing is the second oldest profession
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Dr Catherine Casson looks at how brand history shows that marketing is the second oldest profession.
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04/03/2014

Hundred-year sentences ignore both logic and evidence

Hundred-year sentences ignore both logic and evidence
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Dr Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay discusses proposals to impose incredibly long sentences (100 years or so) for some murders as a way to circumvent the EU court's ban on life sentences without parole.
Date:
09/01/2014

Skill shortage stops UK from engineering global success

Skill shortage stops UK from engineering global success
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Professor John Bryson discusses how the future competitiveness of the British economy is founded on the country's engineers.
Date:
29/09/2013

Oil, the marketing wolf pack, and EU price-fixing

Oil, the marketing wolf pack, and EU price-fixing
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In May this year, there were a series of raids on the corporate offices of a number of oil giants. Dr Andrew Pressey took a look at the investigation and the suspected "price-fixing" in the market of petrol.
Date:
06/08/2013

Supermarkets can lead high street rebirth

Supermarkets can lead high street rebirth
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At the end of May this year, the Centre for Retail Research (CRR) outlined a very bleak future for the UK high street. Dr Pamela Robinson took a look at the report and how supermarkets could play a part in the rebirth of the high street.
Date:
06/08/2013
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