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Difficulties of travel in the EU with non-Euro currency

For many in Britain, it has always been a point of pride that the British Pound functions as an independent currency not directly tied to the Euro. While no longer the predominant reserve currency as it was during the Empire, the Pound is nowadays simultaneously a reminder of that golden past, a practical mechanism for conducting monetary policy independently...

Simple tips for travel

Sitting down with a calendar, laptop, and guide book to plan a trip is never as easy as imagining how nice a weekend away would be. Flight prices, long layovers, and a bevy of accommodation options often take the romance out of satisfying your wanderlust. Avoid poorly planned or expensive with these simple tips! Who To Go With The person you...

Universal Basic Income: A Debate

Starting in 2020, the world’s hippest social experiment will be arriving in St Andrews: the Universal Basic Income. First given funding for design and research purposes in 2017, the Scottish UBI trial increasingly looks like it will receive the green light for go-ahead. Should the programme move into its active phase, a randomly selected pool of citizens residing in...

St Andrews Economists: Dr. Margherita Negri

Dr. Margherita Negri is a lecturer at the School of Economics and Finance. She began teaching at St Andrews in September of 2014, right after completing her PhD at the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Dr. Negri received her B.A. in Economics from Bocconi University in Italy and completed a joint masters from Bocconi...

The 2019 Davos Conference

A few weeks ago, the annual Davos Conference was held, bringing together a diverse collection of world leaders, industrial titans, distinguished diplomats, and celebrities. Each year, they come together in the tiny town of Davos, Switzerland to discuss and shape the outlook of the global elite for the following year. In past years, even ones clouded by anti-elite, anti-globalization...

Money savvy tips for second semester

Welcome back to the second semester of the school year (and welcome to all of our new study abroad students)! Whether you did absolutely nothing for a month or spent your time working or travelling, you'd probably still agree that it went by way faster than it should have. It is time to get our noses back to the...

The Chinese Housing Crisis

Here in the United Kingdom, one of the biggest issues facing the British people and the British economy is the perennial high cost of housing, particularly in London and other large cities. However, on the other side of the world, China faces quite the opposite problem: too much housing and not enough people. Sixty-five million apartments, one in five,...

Five Ways to be Productive During the Winter Break

Now that the holidays are over, those of you without a job may be wondering what to do with the next several weeks of freedom. As an alternative to letting your brain turn to Netflix-filled mush over the Winter holiday, here are five things to do this break to stay productive. 1 Update your CV. If your CV hasn't been updated...

The Costs of a Flight Risk at Gatwick

On December 19, Gatwick Airport was forced to shut down its runways for two days, following a ‘deliberate’ drone flight which invaded official airspace territory three days prior. Although authorities believe that the drone’s invasive flight was intentional, it has not been linked to terrorism. The possibility of drones flying through protected airspace immediately sparked fear of collision with...

St Andrews Economists: Dr. Luca Savorelli

Dr. Luca Savorelli is currently the director of teaching of the School of Economics and Finance. He originally studied the economics of innovation during his PhD in Siena, Italy, later on becoming a health economist. In the last year of the programme, he relocated to the London School of Economics, where he only expected to spend a few months....