Economics in business podcast series

Welcome to our podcast series where we'll be exploring the outlook for the UK and global economy. Throughout the year, our economists will be sharing their insights and perspectives on key economic events and the implications for business, in short episodes lasting between 5-10 minutes.

New episodes will be regularly added on a range of topics from identifying pockets of opportunity in the global economy, to the benefits of female economic empowerment and the potential impact of technology on jobs. Sign up to listen to the podcasts on your desktop or mobile device, using one of the options below.

Latest episode

Episode 18 - The importance of capturing wider wellbeing benefits in public sector investment decisions

24/02/20

Governments and other public sector bodies are under increasing scrutiny from taxpayers to demonstrate that investment of government resources represents good value for money for society. This means that it is no longer enough to look at the traditionally monetised economic benefits but it is also important to capture wider impacts on society. In this podcast, Hannah Audino talks to Ioanna Sikiaridi and Alisha Kapoor, strategy consultants at PwC, to understand how they use economics and strategy to help public sector organisations integrate wider impacts - economic, environmental, social - when developing their strategy and making investment decisions. Find out more

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Previous episodes

Episode 17: How can impact-driven strategies help companies be sustainable?

29/01/20

Values in society are being reassessed, external stakeholders are gaining more influence and Government policy and regulation are changing. We are now seeing customers and employees wanting to engage with companies that share their values and are increasingly demanding companies to demonstrate their positive contribution to society. In this podcast, Hannah Audino talks to Ioanna Sikiaridi and Priya Ravidran, strategy consultants at PwC, to understand how they use economics and strategy to help companies understand their impact on consumers and wider society, communicate to their stakeholders and integrate impact within their strategy to sustain long-term growth. Find out more

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Episode 16: The Impact of Drones on the UK Economy

18/12/19

In this podcast, we discuss the potential impact of drones on the UK economy, drawing on findings from PwC's "Skies without limits" report. We discuss the benefits and the risks of increasing drone uptake across industries, and how governments and businesses can best utilise drones to increase productivity and realise net cost savings of a potential £16bn to the UK by 2030.

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Episode 15: How AI can enable a sustainable future

21/10/19

In April of this year PwC published a groundbreaking report, "How AI can enable a sustainable future", commissioned by Microsoft, which estimated the potential economic and environmental benefits of using AI technology to address climate change and promote sustainability. The report found that using AI applications across four sectors (agriculture, water, energy and transport) could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4% in 2030 and contribute up to $5.2 trillion to the global economy. In this episode we are joined by two of the economists behind this analysis, Saloni Goel and Edmond Lee, to discuss these results in more detail and the implications they have for businesses and policymakers globally.

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Episode 14: How can the UK harness the full potential of its labour force?

23/09/19

UK employment levels are at record highs, but is there more that we can do to encourage further participation in the workforce and what are the potential gains to be made? In this episode we talk to John Hawksworth, chief economist at PwC, about the UK's current labour market performance and what lessons we can learn from other OECD countries about harnessing the potential of three key demographic groups - women, under 25s and over 55s. For more information, please see our July 2019 UK Economic Outlook Report.

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Episode 13: What is the impact of Euroclearability?

24/07/19

We discuss the benefits for emerging capital markets becoming "Euroclearable" and the resulting economic impacts. If you'd like to read more see our full report.

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Episode 12: The global economy: predictions for 2019

31/01/19

Our economists discuss the key themes emerging for the year ahead and their impact on the global economy - including a slowdown in global economic growth, workers and wages, and trade conflicts.

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Episode 11: The UK economy - the long-term view

17/12/18

What's ahead for the future of the UK economy? Looking in particular at GDP and debt, we consider historical and current trends to take a long-term view on the outlook for the UK economy.

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Episode 10: How have banks responded to post-crisis regulation?

Episode 10: How have banks responded to post-crisis regulation?

10/09/18

After the financial crisis, banks were subjected to a global overhaul of the entire regulatory system. 10 years down the line, Nick Forrest, head of our Financial Economics team explains how this has actually affected banks, and the banking sector as a whole. Read more in our report with AFME

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Episode 9: Why is wage growth sluggish?

03/08/18

Labour markets in most advanced economies have (almost) never been better - but wages haven't really picked up. Our Senior Economist, Barret Kupelian, explains what's driving this disparity and what it could mean for businesses.

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Episode 8: How can companies benefit from Behavioural Economics?

11/04/18

Organisations are increasingly using Behavioural Economics (BE) to improve the way they interact with customers by better understanding their behaviour. Suresh Natarajan, who leads our BE practice, shares his experiences of using BE to help clients, and his views on where the field may be headed.

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Episode 7: Helping companies conquer country risk

09/03/18

In an era of geopolitical transformation, what do financial markets tell us about country risk premia? Economist Rob Vaughan shares the latest trends from our country risk premium model, and how this insight can help companies manage country risk.

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Episode 6: What's the economic cost of natural disasters?

05/01/18

Economist James Loughridge, joins our host, Laura Gatz, to discuss what our latest research can tell us about the frequency and cost of natural disasters, and how this impacts an economy.

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Episode 5: Devising a future vision for Financial Services with economics

14/11/17

Nick Forrest, our Head of Financial Services in Economic Consulting, explains how he and his team used economic principles and methods to help The CityUK develop a strategy for the Financial Services Sector.

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Episode 4:  How will automation impact jobs?

07/08/17

We explore which industries and types of workers are likely to be most affected by automation, but also consider the potential job and productivity gains resulting from technological progress.

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Episode 3: What's next for UK interest rates?

10/07/17

With inflation rapidly on the rise and the US Federal Reserve continuing to raise rates, could we see an increase in UK interest rates this year? 

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Episode 2: Closing the gender pay gap: the potential $2 trillion prize 

17/05/17

We explore which OECD countries have made the greatest progress in closing their gender pay gaps and discuss what government and business can do to speed up this progress.

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Episode 1: Beyond the BRICs, where do the pockets of opportunity lie?

28/04/17

Barret Kupelian, senior economist, shares his views on which mid-sized economies businesses should be looking at to expand their international footprint. 

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Contact us

Hannah Audino

Economist, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)7483 348728

Barret Kupelian

Senior Economist, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)7711 562331

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