Greater…. – a role model for Birmingham ?

Posted Posted in Economics, Economy, Local economies, Manufacturing, Politics, Regional economies, Textiles

Cities offering themselves as sites for foreign manufacturing companies to make and sell into  their national market can be found all over the world today. A hundred years ago only one city was systematically doing this in Europe. But far from being a road to prosperity, that city was not one of the few that can claim to have avoided […]

Adam Smith’s invisible hand and visible hands in Birmingham

Posted Posted in Economics, Economy, Housing, Microfinance, Politics, Regional economies, Uncategorized

Birmingham has long been a city with some of the highest levels of deprivation in western Europe, living with fears for the future as the loss of big manufacturing becomes apparently permanent. However, within living memory the city became the UK’s second city, and achieved an economic peak during the 1920s and 1930s – times that for Manchester and most […]