New Statesman
The rise in housing benefit is driven by a rise in need. No more, no less
By Declan Gaffney - 06 March 8:43

It's not greed, it's not fraud, it's just more people needing help to live their lives, writes Declan Gaffney.

Right-to-buy houses are now just owned by private landlords
By Alex Hern - 05 March 16:03

"In one London borough almost half of ex-council properties are now sub-let to tenants."

House price "hope"—for whom?
By Alex Hern - 05 March 15:05

The have-nots don't get a word in.

Dow Jones nearing an all-time high. So what?
By Alex Hern - 05 March 12:18

The Dow is a silly index for silly people. Pay no heed.

Playing house: the Eastleigh by-election and planning control politics
By Preston Byrne - 05 March 10:54

Creating pro-housing planning laws won't be easy, if the Conservatives' defeat in Eastleigh is anything to go by.

China looks to green economy to hit GDP growth target of 7.5 per cent
By Alex Hern - 05 March 8:41

Country also puts focus on consumers to drive growth.

Can credit scores make payday lending ethical?
By Carl Packman - 04 March 14:26

Payday lenders need to work harder to not target vulnerable borrowers.

Through the keyhole: introducing the New Statesman's housing week
By Alex Hern - 04 March 11:56

Over the next week, we're going to be examining the state of housing in Britain today.

Swiss aim to tackle high pay through shareholder democracy
By Alex Hern - 04 March 9:19

You scratch my back, I'll ask the shareholder remuneration committee to vote to scratch yours.

How do you export universities? By bringing students here
By Alex Hern - 01 March 14:31

Cameron isn't just throttling our "cultural" exports — he is throttling our <em>actual</em> exports.

Manufacturing returns to contraction
By Alex Hern - 01 March 12:18

One phrase is on everyone's mouths, and it rhymes with schmiple schmip.

Don't be too hard on Osborne: the bonus cap is horribly flawed
By Alex Hern - 01 March 10:58

What will happen to bankers pay? Very little. To their risk taking? Very little. To, basically, anything? You guessed it.

Whether or not you include oil, Osborne's economic record is atrocious
By Alex Hern - 28 February 16:57

Double-dip or not, stagnation is here for sure.

Government Bond Markets: Unfeeling Psychopaths or Rational Keynesians?
By Pawe? Morski - 28 February 9:45

We're blaming the fire alarm for the fire.

Migrants in the workforce: facts v fiction
By Alex Hern - 27 February 17:44

Government policy does mercifully little to affect the labour market, even if it could be doing better.

2012 GDP growth revised upwards by 0.3 per cent
By Alex Hern - 27 February 9:53

Stagnation continues.

Why don't we save? Because we don't have the money
By Alex Hern - 27 February 9:30

The biggest reason for a failure to contribute to pension plans is not having the money to do so.

Paul Tucker attempts to spice up British monetary policy
By Alex Hern - 26 February 17:23

Negative interest rates are like candy floss to central bankers, it is believed.

Stop focusing on triple dips. Anaemic growth is just as bad
By Alex Hern - 26 February 11:14

Welcome to stagnation. It's not a nice place to be.

Victory for Abenomics as Japan's maverick PM gets his pick of governor
By Alex Hern - 25 February 17:06

Haruhiko Kuroda is expected to be the new governor of the Bank of Japan.

New Statesman
With every fare rise and fee increase, the government decides to defy the inflation hawks
By Alex Hern - 25 February 11:29

This year and next, a full 0.6pp of inflation will be because of direct government decisions.

The condensed Moody's downgrade
By Alex Hern - 23 February 10:43

What does the rating agency say about Britain?

What does a latte tell us about currencies? Very little, actually
By Alex Hern - 22 February 15:32

Purchasing power parity is not the same as the Big Mac Index.

Growth doesn't just mean using more resources. It also means using less
By Alex Hern - 22 February 12:18

If you can do something for one ten-thousandth the cost it used to be, you'll feel pretty rich.

Credit cards are obsolete. Is consumer debt heading the same way?
By Alex Hern - 22 February 11:02

The technological history of credit.

New Statesman
Inflation is worst for the worse off
By Alex Hern - 22 February 8:40

"Essentials" increased in price by far more than the CPI last year.

How austerity was based on market panic
By Alex Hern - 21 February 15:52

Markets were full of fear. When that receded, so did the bond spreads.

Oh, for the casual potency of a Fed policymaker
By Martha Gill - 21 February 14:23

Making off-hand remarks with the coiled power of a jungle cat.

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