Marking the 50th birthday of the CBI

We were asked to contribute to the production of a book marking the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the CBI (or the Confederation of British Industry as it was in 1965).

We researched and wrote around 20 articles looking at how Britain has changed over the last five decades in a number of key areas that are close to the work of the CBI. These included:

  • the big picture of macroeconomics and the business environment
  • a focus on key sectors such as banking, energy and manufacturing
  • changes in employment and demographics
  • the role of British rapidly in a rapidly changing global environment
  • Britain’s relationship with Europe.

In all these articles we drew on research material from the CBI, interviews and the writer’s own knowledge and experience of covering the CBI as a journalist.

The report can be found here, a page-turner version is here, and a PDF version is here.

How falling oil has hit Latin America

The drop in the price of crude oil from around $115 a barrel to as low as $44 a barrel has had a major impact on Latin America, where many countries are dependent on “black gold” for import and tax revenues.

We were asked by LatinFinance, the magazine that covers the region, to look at how the impact of cheaper oil had impacted the main economies and what the effect might be of a return to previous three-digit prices.

In this article we contributed the results of interviews with leading private sector and multilateral institutional economists as well as comments by the Colombian finance minister Mauricio Cardenas. We saw howe the region was divided into winners and losers and how economists believed the region would cope wth low oil – but benefits is prices rebounded. The full article is here (login).