Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke's picture
Affiliation: 
Oxford University
Credentials: 
Professor of Economics

Voting history

Happiness and well-being as objectives of macro policy

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Question 2: Do you agree that quantitative well-being analysis should play an important role in guiding policy makers in determining macroeconomic policies?

 
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Answer:
Agree
Confidence level:
Confident
Comment:
If economists are going to persist in being utilitarians then they should think about what actually makes human beings happy! I'm not saying that we have a clear enough handle on this yet, but I am answering yes in an aspirational sense.

A “new” UK industrial strategy ?

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Question 2: Do you agree that the UK needs a new regional policy?

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Answer:
Agree
Confidence level:
Confident

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Question 1: Do you agree that the UK needs a new industrial policy?

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Answer:
Neither agree nor disagree
Confidence level:
Confident
Comment:
In my view there is a case for selective EU industrial policy. In the UK case however, the most important industrial policy issue is maintaining membership of the Single Market and Customs Union, and the UK has ruled that out. So it's hard to take their industrial policy aspirations seriously.

The Future of Central Bank Independence

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Question 2: Do you agree that the traditional argument that less central bank independence leads to higher inflation will (still) be relevant over the next 48 months in Western economies?

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Answer:
Agree
Confidence level:
Not confident

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Question 3: More generally, do you agree that it is desirable to maintain central bank independence? Again focus on the near future, say next 48 months.

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Answer:
Agree
Confidence level:
Not confident

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