Potential Article Topics

 

Feel free to take any side(s) on any of these – they are framed to be debatable. They do not reflect DUEJ’s actual views. 

 

Organised under the following headings: Most Recent, UK, Europe, USA, Asia, Business & Finance,

Careers, Other/World:

 

Most recent

 

  • Social immobility is a far greater threat to prosperity and peace than deficits.

  • Segregation by income threatens social inclusion

  • The best way to deal with deficits is dealing with tax evasion

  • Africa will boom if modern infrastructure could be built.

 

UK

 

  • Shale gas development has stalled – this will have grave effects on the UK energy market

  • Student immigration is highly desirable and should be exempt from visa restrictions.

  • High speed rail is rubbish – we should be working on mag lev, vacuum contained trains that reach 1000+ miles per hour.

 

Europe

 

  • Without further integration, including political union and the end of sovereignty, the Eurozone and the EU will break apart. Furthermore, debt mutualisation is both desirable and inevitable.

  • A Europe-America trade agreement is possible and desirable

  • The WTO has failed to promote world trade enough; therefore, regional deals should be attempted

  • Various green parties have a chance of strong political success.

  • The European Union (and Single Market) should continuing expanding – ideally at a faster rate, say 1 country a year. Turkey should join.

 

USA

 

  • Ethics of drone warfare – the USA has acted hypocritically and immorally and this sets a bad precedent for future drone usage.

  • Offshore tax havens play a useful role in fostering tax competition.

  • USA – gun reform – cost to industry/ tax payer in various hypothetical situations.

  • There should be government-backed financial service provision to those mainstream lenders shun.  What balance sheet effects would this have? What market share effects would this have?

 

Asia

 

  • India’s booming economy causing immigration into India

  • How will perceptions of corruption/ graft affect politicians, particularity in India/ China, where both have seen public anger at the wealth amassed by politicians?

  • Why has India’s currency held together while the Euro has not? Both India and the Eurozone are a collection of people that share different languages and cultures.

  • Can these countries go from being the workshops of the world to being the new markets for world goods? China – we see the service industry rising significantly.

 

Business & Finance

 

  • We should remove all coinage in circulation and replace it with notes. The notes should be plastic rather than paper.

  • Cyber security is the next cold war – except it’ll be fought by state backed firms, rather than governments directly.

  • There should be a market for personal information, i.e. Facebook should pay you to fill the movie, TV shows and books sections.

  • Why/ are firms hording cash when firms’ profits are at a record high? How should this cash be used? Do people have a right to demand some of these profits in wages?

  • Wages are at an all-time low as a percentage of GDP – is this actually true, does it matter and, if so, what has replaced wages as a component of GDP?

  • The rich see more of their income come from assets than the poor. Assets are taxed at a lower rate, thus we can and should increase tax rates for the rich/ eliminate this loophole

  • Are global corporations paying their share – tax, pensions, and social inclusion?

  • In recessionary times, we should tax the rich because they’re the only ones who can pay

  • Piracy – digital and in shipping

  • Should we allow private companies to fight pirates? Who are these companies governed by? (Militia worries)

  • There is a strong business case to be made for the legalisation of many/all currently banned drugs.

 

Careers

 

  • Many countries, particularly in the developed world, are suffering from a lack of skilled technicians and a glut of service skills. Is this so and how could it be corrected? Is it a failing of domestic education policy? Should borders be opened up and immigration used to fill the gap?

  • How much should the state mandate education in private schools – e.g. in textbooks? There have been various allegations that textbooks across countries portray the same events in very different light depending on the religious, ethnic, etc. makeup of the country

  • Should education be streamlined – cut holidays, get people working faster, business focused training? At this moment, many people in Durham will have spent 20 years + in the education system, a long time, with, perhaps, little to show for it?

  • Economies are being hollowed out – in future, there will be low paying jobs and high paying jobs. There will be far fewer in between.

 

Other/World

 

  • A global currency would work

  • Smaller currency areas are the only way to remain competitive – the Euro et al can’t survive. Scotland will adopt its own currency.

  • As time passes, we see an increasing number of countries appear. Therefore, it is reasonable to expect the USA, China and Russia to fragment in the coming 50 years.

  • We should have a global laser defence system to shoot down asteroids

  • We should work out how to live on Mars as fast as possible.

  • This generation and all that follow will be the most/least lonely when they reach old age because they will have access to the internet. This joins people together/ isolates them. (Take your pick)

  • Education is a critical factor towards economic and cultural success. Therefore, countries should spend proportionally more on it – what would you cut from budgets in order to do this?

  • World shale gas developments pose a dire threat to Russian energy markets.

  • All countries should open their borders to full, free international movement of people.

  • Western foreign policy has stalled; is it time developing nations took over? Would Western nations allow India/ China to build up the armies necessary? Do the events of Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria show that Western intervention is doomed to fail– if so, what should the West do?

  • Organ markets provide a useful economic function.

  • Military strikes are an effective way to help other nations

  • Military action is generally useless – collective action through international bodies to be preferred.

  • What is the public opinion towards economists?

  • Climate change deadlines are approaching for many countries – are they on track?

  • The new powers given to central banks – are they appropriate? Do they need more? Negative nominal interest rates have been proposed by several central banks (and trailed by some) – how do these work?

  • Asset purchases and forward guidance should become conventional tools of monetary policy and have few long term negative effects.

  • Shale gas/oil – effect on energy prices/ energy security, OPEC, support of Saudi Arabia et al

  • Unions – contrast countries attitudes/laws to labour

  • Humanities next big improvement will come from some form of technological shift, such as genetic engineering or nano tech, as opposed to social/ cultural shifts.

 

It’s up to you whether you want to look at large, overarching issues or a single topic/ idea/ problem/ solution. As mentioned before, these are just thoughts to get you started and, as stated, they may be entirely wrong in your opinion.