David Cobham's picture
Affiliation: 
Heriot Watt University
Credentials: 
Professor of economics

Voting history

Assisting Households Facing Rising Energy Costs

Question 3: Should a windfall tax be used to (fully or partially) finance support to households?

Answer:
Yes
Confidence level:
Very confident

Question 2: Which of the following is the best way to address the impact of rising energy costs on household finances?

Answer:
Price caps based on energy use
Confidence level:
Not confident

Question 1: Overall, which of the following best characterises how the government’s proposed energy policies will leave the average UK household over the medium term:

Answer:
Worse off
Confidence level:
Not confident
Comment:
It's not clear what the counterfactual is. I'm assuming it is energy price increases as current, without UK government doing anything.

Levelling Up Productivity Gaps in the UK

Question 2: Which policies could best help reduce regional productivity disparities?

Answer:
Other or no opinion
Confidence level:
Confident
Comment:
The UK needs a genuine regional policy which covers investment, education, fiscal and admin devolution, and even regional subsidies.

Question 1: What is the primary factor driving regional productivity disparities in the UK?

Answer:
Place Fundamentals
Confidence level:
Confident
Comment:
Obviously emigration of skilled workers, agglomeration effects and transport connections are important, but they are subsumed in place fundamentals, so we need a 'holistic' view.

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