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The Republic's activities, and the impact of our research.

'Improving International Access to Credit Markets' Report Published by City of London Corporation

In early 2016 Research Republic was commissioned by the City of London Corporation to conduct a study investigating the development of credit markets across the world in order to identify suitable policy measures and reforms to enable market growth and expansion via increased international accessibility. Today the City of London Corporation has published the report: Improving International Access to Credit Markets. The study found that since the 2008 crisis, credit markets, and innovations in credit markets, have played an increasingly important role in the global financial system. This has been largely driven by two factors: the tightening of bank lending due to the demands of recapitalisation and new regulation, and an increasing demand for credit in emerging economies.  

As part of the study a Credit Market Assessment Framework was developed, this allowed for the detailed examination of credit markets in 59 countries. The countries selected account for 91% of global corporate bond insurance, and 87% of global GDP. The findings demonstrate clear trends in the growth and development of well-functioning credit markets, illustrating key areas that must be addressed for each country. It also highlighted that developing countries must focus attention on developing stronger legal systems, better bankruptcy and insolvency processes, and a broader investor base. Most importantly the analysis identified particular countries with the highest capacity to grow their credit markets, using debt finance to support economic growth.

The in-depth examination of 11 case study countries – China, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Singapore, UK, USA and Vietnam – identified the use of specific credit instruments, and highlighted the key challenges in each market.  Many of the developed countries in this sample are in the process of deleveraging, but it is in these particular markets where there is considerable innovation. The report identifies 3 significant areas of innovation: Capital Markets Union, peer-to-peer lending, and green bonds - all of which are responsive solutions to the current economic climate.

The report, Improving International Access to Credit Markets, is authored by Research Republic Ltd and published by the City of London Corporation today (14 June 2016). It is available to download here. A one-page summary of the report's key findings can be found here.  Dr Iain Clacher, one of the co-authors of the report , has also written a blog piece for the City of London Corporation here


Research Republic to conduct Market Study on the ICT Services and Infrastructure Sector in Kenya

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Nairobi, has commissioned Research Republic Ltd to undertake a market study to allow for a more comprehensive understanding of the current status, and future outlook, of the Kenyan ICT sector, with specific reference to investment potential for the Dutch business community, and to guide the EKN’s interventions.

The study examines Dutch ICT trade and investment with Kenya, focusing on the sustainability of this approach, its key drivers, and the structural barriers common to many bilateral ‘aid for trade’ interventions.  With ICT being the fastest-changing sector in the world economy, successful bilateral co-operation needs to be innovation-focused, up-to-date and responsive to imminent changes. The literature review, data complied from interviews with high-profile stakeholders, and analyses of market trends identified four areas as key to unlocking growth: Cloud, Mobile, Agile, Big Data.  However, the review of the Kenyan (and global) ICT sector uncovered 3 clear market failure themes: skills and capacity deficit, lack of knowledge and awareness, and poor organisational design, all of which require attention.

Seven ICT sub-sectors were identified as ripe opportunity areas for Dutch-Kenyan trade and investment co-operation: data centres, off shoring, education and training, regulations and standards, app development, E-health, E-insurance, E-education. Detailed analyses of each sub-sector including scope and scale, share of subsector represented by corporations and SMEs, the level and nature of international trade already taking place, and the sub-sector’s contribution to Kenyan GDP will be identified. This assessment will also consider the current domestic policy framework the sub-sector is situated within and the departments/ministries/agencies that possess policy leverage affecting it. It will also highlight any policy interventions initiated by the Kenyan authorities to facilitate growth. Bureaucratic bottlenecks will be flagged up, and clear recommendations for reform will be made wherever RVO/EKN agree this to be appropriate.

The design of the Dutch-Kenyan ICT relationship will be key to its sustainability, and as such it must be developed in a way to realise its strategic objectives. This study will present a range a recommendations to inform the systemic design of the overall Dutch-Kenyan bilateral co-operative relationship considering macro-level, global-political and contingent factors, which could influence the formation and maintenance of this relationship.

They key findings from this research will published towards the end of 2016.

May 09, 2016 12.01


Article on 'Robber Barons' published in Financial Times

As part of the Financial Times’ study of the top 50 Leading Business Pioneers, Ricardo Blaug’s article ‘Robber barons: Pioneers often work best on the frontier’ was published in a special section of today’s edition. The article suggests that although individuals on the top 50 list may share the attributes of strong business acumen coupled with energy and action, there is in fact no homogenous route to securing a place on that list. The list includes an enormous variety of types of innovation in varied contexts of economic development, and what sets these pioneers apart is the manner in which they operate - mostly outside structured space - and their commitment to secure success by whatever means necessary.

The article can be accessed here.

March 31, 2015 12.01


'The Data Dividend' Report Published by DEMOS

Earlier this month, our collaborative report ‘The Data Dividend’, written with Max-Wind Cowie, was published by DEMOS. Considering that data is a fundamental element of the Coalition government’s reform agenda, it notes that there are considerable concerns about the legitimacy, effectiveness and sheer volume of data produced in public service provision. How data is actually to deliver on its promise of efficiency gains and democratic enhancement also requires informed strategy. In this report, we provide evidence that instead of increasing flows of data for their own sake, data work best as part of a transformative approach to service provision.


Research Republic’s Ricardo Blaug appointed to Daedalus Trust Advisory Group

Today Research Republic’s Ricardo Blaug was appointed to the Advisory Group of the Daedalus Trust. Lord David Owen founded the Daedalus Trust in 2011 with a mission to raise awareness of hubris and Hubris Syndrome in public and business life. The Trust seeks to encourage multi-disciplinary research and generate financial support to fund relevant research projects. It considers hubris from medical, business and interdisciplinary perspectives, and as such requires input from many different strands of academia, business, human relations, the media, neurology, politics, psychology and psychiatry.

In addition to work with Research Republic, Ricardo is a Reader in Democracy and Political Theory at the University of Westminster’s Centre for the Study of Democracy. This, together with Ricardo’s background as a professionally qualified psychiatric social worker, award-winning author, and teacher of politics and political psychology, and his specific interests in leadership, organisations and psychology means that he is ideally placed to make an active, relevant contribution to the work of the Trust. Ricardo’s recent book ‘How Power Corrupts’, uses contemporary psychological theory to re-examine classic political concerns such as corruption by power, democratic governance, citizen engagement and reification.

Original Publish date: October 01, 2014 12.00
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