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

Voting history

The “Spend Now, Tax Later” Budget

Question 1: How will the increase in the corporate tax rate from 19% to 25% affect the UK’s international competitiveness in the medium term?

 

Answer:
No effect
Confidence level:
Confident
Comment:
What will dominate is Brexit, one way or the other.

The ECB’s Green Agenda

Question 2: Would you support changing the ECB’s mandate to incorporate the EU’s target of carbon neutrality by 2050, if such a change is deemed legally necessary to adopt your preferred approach?

Answer:
Yes
Confidence level:
Confident

 Question 1: Which of the following actions is the most advisable approach for European Central Bank to address the environmental impact of its bond-purchasing policies?

Answer:
Banning bond purchases from industries with current negative environmental impact
Confidence level:
Confident

Should We Worry About Post-Covid Inflation?

Question 2: Which of the following will be the greatest inflationary (or deflationary) force facing the UK economy?

Answer:
The UK’s exit from the EU
Confidence level:
Not confident
Comment:
I expect this to be the driving force in the first half of the decade, with demographic and monetary factors kicking in in the second half.

 Question 1: Which of the following scenarios is most likely to hold on average for most of the upcoming decade?

Answer:
The BoE will allow inflation to exceed its current target
Confidence level:
Not confident
Comment:
I expect the overshoot to be relatively low on average

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