Phil Thornton

Phil Thornton is Lead Consultant at Clarity Economics.

Content by Phil Thornton
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    Key lessons in management for developing countries

    Good management seems like an obvious ingredient for better economic performance. Yet there are huge gaps between the best and worst firms and there are important lessons for countries looking to raise their game From Basil Fawlty in the 1970s to David Brent more recently, the bad manager has long been an internationally acceptable figure of fun. Why is this so? Probably...

    26 Sep 2014 | Phil Thornton

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    Pricing the real cost of energy

    While energy pollution may be visible to everyone in their daily lives, the economics underlying the causes and solutions are not so obvious. Energy prices need to be calculated according to their full social costs. This will create opportunities to both improve health and reduce climate change Access to energy is a fundamental issue for any country – both developed...

    26 Sep 2014 | Phil Thornton

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    Assessing the economic effects of Ebola

    The outbreak of Ebola has highlighted the need for economists to assess the impact of the crisis. Very tentative findings by researchers at the International Growth Centre have flagged up warning signs on jobs, sales and the state of food markets In the midst of a severe health emergency such as the outbreak of Ebola that has struck the West African nations of Guinea,...

    26 Sep 2014 | Phil Thornton

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    Building the African cities of the future

    Understanding how to manage the growth of cities is becoming an increasingly important issue both for policymakers and academics There will be 2.7 billion more people living in cities by 2050 – the equivalent of an extra 1.4 million people every week – mostly in emerging and developing economies, according to Professor Tony Venables of the IGC and Oxford...

    25 Sep 2014 | Phil Thornton

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    Liberian Minister calls for help to tackle Ebola

    The Ebola epidemic has pushed already weak healthcare systems into intensive care as Liberian minister Axel Addy appeals for international help to tackle the spread of the disease Liberia today issued a direct appeal to the international community to help it deal with the outbreak of Ebola as it revealed that the number of people affected by the disease had broken the...

    25 Sep 2014 | Phil Thornton

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    Chinese miners and Ghana’s golden reform opportunity

    Many are optimistic that Chinese investment in Africa will spur job creation, infrastructural investment and technological transfers. However, an influx of Chinese workers combined with alleged problems with the licensing regime has left the Ghanaian government with an expensive problem to solve Mention Chinese investment in Africa and most people will think of major...

    24 Sep 2014 | Phil Thornton