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Gregor
Irwin

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Gregor Irwin

Gregor is the Director of the Global Group and the Chief Economist at Global Counsel. He advises clients on how political and policy developments impact on the economic and commercial environment they are operating in. He leads teams supporting clients in Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and working on global macro, climate and sustainability issues.

He has over 20 years of experience working on international economic and political issues in the public and private sectors and as an academic. Before joining Global Counsel in 2014, he was the Chief Economist of the British Foreign Ministry for six years and, before that, he worked for the Bank of England and the British Treasury. Earlier in his career he worked as an academic at Oxford University.

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Seven lockdowns

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Along with many of our clients, family and friends, GC staff have found themselves under varying levels of quarantine this week, in some cases far from home. Here some of the team consider the covid-19 politics and policies playing out around them.

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Coronavirus: how to assess the economic and business impact

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There are three main channels through which coronavirus will impact on economies: disruption, threats to resilience and confidence. Disruption may mean that some markets do not function normally and require quantity rationing, creating unfamiliar dilemmas for businesses and governments. Threats to resilience may be compounded as businesses seek to protect themselves from…

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Brexit reckoning, the OBR and the budget

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Britain’s new chancellor of the exchequer, Rishi Sunak, will give his first budget on March 11th, less than four weeks after he was appointed, following the unexpected resignation of Sajid Javid. All budgets are important, but this one more than most, as Sunak must demonstrate that he is delivering on the commitment made by the Conservatives in the 2019 election to “level…

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Push and pull economics of climate investor activism

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Bill Gates says climate activists are wasting their time trying to encourage divestment from companies involved with fossil fuels. The impact on emissions to date, according to Gates, is probably zero. Instead, activists should focus their efforts on backing new technologies that will either slow carbon emissions or reduce their impact on the climate. In short, more…

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