Boom or bust: What culture tells us about money

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Over the years, one financial crisis after another has ruined – or profited – those caught in the middle of it. The pay and benefits of UK residents is still being affected by the latest crisis of a decade ago.

So when has financial advice eased, exacerbated, or even created these downturns?

Researchers at the universities of Southampton, Edinburgh, Lancaster and Manchester – funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council – have explored the history of financial advice, and how it is represented in culture. The findings are part of a free, online course.

Professor Nicky Marsh, principal investigator on the project, has picked out some examples from art and literature and explains what they tell us.

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