Newsletter Online January 2005

Issue no.128

This provides links to selected items from issue no.128, January 2005. It is part of a continuing project to make available selected material from issues before no.156, January 2012.

Features

Economic Journal - editors' report
The Managing Editors made their Annual Report to the Council of the Royal Economic Society in November 2004. The report was presented to Council by Mike Wickens on the completion of his term as Co-ordinating Managing Editor.

The Treatment of Economic Issues by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Issues relating to climate change, and to the choice of policies for dealing with it, are now highly topical. In Britain, both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition have recently emphasised the urgent need for measures to limit greenhouse gas emissions, and Mr Blair has stated his intention to place this issue high on the agenda of the coming G8 summit meeting. In this context, readers may be interested to hear of some recent exchanges relating to economic aspects of these issues. Aside from their intrinsic interest, the exchanges raise wider questions as to the role of economics and economists in the policy process. David Henderson, formerly (among other things) Head of the Economics and Statistics Department of the OECD, and now Visiting Professor at the Westminster Business School, has been one of the participants in the current debate. This is his personal report.


Correspondence

Letter from France - sauvons la recherche
French academics have recently begun a campaign for the protection and enhancement of university research. In his latest letter from France, Professor Alan Kirman, Université d'Aix Marseille, argues that more money alone is not the solution while its distribution is indiscriminate.

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