It's regional inequality, stupid
By Diana Johnson - 20 March 8:30

Inequality within the United Kingdom is growing - not just between people, but its constituent parts. The next government will have to do more to turn the tide.

The scariest bit of the budget — the one graph you need to know
By May2015 - 19 March 12:35

Today's headlines hide the most important, and least reassuring, fact in yesterday’s Budget.

The Chancellor has vowed to cut £12bn from welfare - but he's announced just £3bn of savings.
What are the welfare cuts Osborne is hiding until after the election?
By George Eaton - 19 March 12:27

The Chancellor has vowed to cut £12bn from welfare - but he's announced just £3bn of savings. 

The Chancellor has made a political virtue of coalition government and of missing his deficit targets.
The Budget showed Osborne’s greatest skill: the ability to rebrand his failure as success
By George Eaton - 18 March 21:51

The Chancellor has made a virtue of coalition government and of missing his deficit targets. 

Shadow chancellor says the Conservatives have blundered by admitting day-to-day spending will be reduced to its lowest level for more than 40 years.
We're only cutting spending to 1964 levels - Balls mocks the Tories' new defence
By George Eaton - 18 March 18:15

Shadow chancellor says the Conservatives have blundered by admitting day-to-day spending will be reduced to its lowest level for more than 50 years. 

Did George Osborne's bad Budget jokes just cost the taxpayer £41m?
By Ashley Cowburn - 18 March 16:47

In an attempt to woo the public with his stand-up comedy – and despite the precarious national finances – George Osborne just wasted a lot on poor jokes. 

No matter the political situation, it's always the economics that triumphs in the end. Photo: Getty
The best currency for an independent Scotland would be Norway’s kronor
By Piotr Marek Jaworski - 18 June 17:10

If Scotland votes for independence, it will create a completely different economic context for the two new countries that emerge.

Housing in south London seen from above. Photo: Getty
Five signs the London property bubble is reaching unsustainable proportions
By Ed Conway - 03 April 9:27

It's not difficult to see that London is facing a house price bubble. It's harder to say when it might pop.

Is pay going up or down? Both, or neither, depending on the measure you use. Photo: Getty
Pay set is to go up, or down, or stay the same – it all depends on how you measure it

We are heading into a so-called “living standards election” – without accurate data on living standards. Different sides will be able to tell whatever story they want.

Pensions minister Steve Webb. Photo: Getty
How are the government going to build a pension system that works?
By David Pitt-Watson - 02 April 12:27

Most people want to “give their money away to someone whom they can trust will use it wisely to generate a income when they retire”.

We need not fear him. Photograph: Getty Images.
Learning to live with machines
By Raphael Gray - 26 March 11:30

We need to take the idea of a universal basic income seriously.

Protestors against the £9,000 tuition fees outside the University of London in 2010. Photo: Getty
Student loans policy likely to cost more than the system it replaced – how could they be so wrong?
By Pam Tatlow - 21 March 17:06

Tripling fees to £9,000 was a clever exercise in smoke and mirrors accounting. Students and universities are paying the price.

Janet Yellen and Christine Lagarde.
Don't be mislead by the poor data, the US economy is still in rude health
By Nick Beecroft - 24 February 12:19

While current storms will weigh upon February’s statistics, Q2 growth could now hit 4 per cent and US rates could move significantly higher along the curve.

The disused Battersea Power station - an iconic London landmark. Photo: Getty
Exclusive, insensitive and architecturally uninspiring – the new age of urban regeneration
By Philip Kleinfeld - 17 February 10:47

The redevelopment of Battersea Power Station and the Nine Elms area in south London illustrates a much wider problem in the way cities are managed and planned – councils seem perfectly happy to see private interests direct the course of historically interesting places.

At the US Federal Reserve, when is a threshold not a threshold? When it's an embarrassment
By Nick Beecroft - 11 February 13:17

The Federal Open Market Committee is keen to hold fund rates in spite of falling unemployment. It's the first act of a newer, stricter committee.

Applauding the return to economic growth is like celebrating the release of an innocent prisoner
By Dom Boyle - 10 February 16:46

Nobody doubted a return to growth under austerity was possible - but all the evidence suggests it has been hampered by George Osborne's radically anti-stimulus position.

While Ukraine's political situation remains uncertain, its economy teeters on the brink
By Elizabeth Stephens - 07 February 15:50

If the political instability is not reined in soon enough, the currency will spiral out of control.

Staying power: the seemingly exceptional economics of Japan
By Felix Martin - 06 February 6:02

2013 was the year the world’s financial markets suddenly became interested in Japan again.

The 50p tax isn't going to greatly enrich the treasury - but private pensions will
By Stewart Cowley - 05 February 11:08

Ed Balls's 50p tax is nothing but theatrical politics - pay close attention to the Lifetime Allowance, the cap on pension funds, which has already been lowered and most likely will be again.

Five questions answered on longest real wages drop for 50 years
By Heidi Vella - 31 January 13:42

How long have real wages been dropping?

Where are Britain's selfless billionaires?
By Jonn Elledge - 28 January 14:50

Rich people in other countries demand they be required to pay higher taxes more often than you might think. So why doesn't Britain have a Warren Buffett or a Bill Gates, willing to pay a little bit more tax for everybody's benefit?

Will the MINT countries become the best place in the world to become a millionaire?
By Oliver Williams - 24 January 17:32

Economist Jim O'Neil has grouped Mexico, India, Nigeria and Turkey together as the economies most likely to explode over the next decade. But there are lessons to be learned from the BRICs - a rising tide does not lift all boats.

Alistair Darling.
Pegging electoral success to the economy is a risky business - as Alex Salmond is finding out
By Stewart Cowley - 21 January 15:16

The emotive, victory-clutching style of the Yes campaign is at risk of floundering before the cool, hard realities presented by the UK Treasury.

Elvetham Heath.
Five questions answered on the rise in UK home sales
By Heidi Vella - 17 January 18:00

Is this trend set to continue?

 Lofoten.
The sale of oil and gas has been highly lucrative for Norway - but should it continue?
By Ruby Lott-Lavigna - 17 January 17:41

The Scandinavian giant has kept itself afloat amid economic turbulence with a steady flow of natural resources - but is this nature-loving nation prepared to promote growth at all costs?

Janet Yellen.
What Janet Yellen and Mark Carney could learn from macroeconomist Hyman Minsky
By Stewart Cowley - 08 January 12:16

Gordon Brown, as Chancellor in the UK, and the Federal Reserve’s Alan Greenspan, notably, violated Minsky’s ideas - what will the new twin peaks of global finance do differently?

UNAM.
Our economy would benefit from sending students to study abroad
By Luis Juste - 03 January 15:31

Britain reaps the benefits of welcoming overseas students to study in the UK - but internationalism works both ways. We should also be enabling UK students to study abroad.

Labour challenges Cameron's Help to Buy boasts with call for more housebuilding
By George Eaton - 02 January 8:41

While the PM hails figures showing 750 homes have already been bought under the scheme, Labour remains focused on increasing building from its post-war low.

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