Workfare ruled illegal, but only on narrow terms
By Alex Hern - 12 February 11:45

A minor victory for campaigners against mandatory work

Japan targets the stock market
By Alex Hern - 12 February 10:58

The Nikkei at 13,000 is the new target.

CPI stands at 2.7 per cent, unchanged for fourth month
By Alex Hern - 12 February 9:33

Stability in price levels.

Is Excel the most dangerous piece of software in the world?
By Alex Hern - 11 February 12:42

Microsoft's calculator is partially to blame for JPMorgan losing $9bn, and a lot more besides.

Legonomics: there's money in them bricks
By Alex Hern - 08 February 11:13

Your childhood was more expensive than you remember.

Carney charms MPs (once they get over his pay)
By Alex Hern - 08 February 8:35

The next BoE governor reveals his plans for expectation management, but stays firmly conventional.

The OBR needs to get it right on productivity
By Jim Taylor - 07 February 11:38

If our forecasts carry on being made on faulty assumptions the government will never learn.

Robobacklash: do we even need to worry about automation in the workplace?
By Alex Hern - 07 February 11:00

Where there's a popular view, there's always a backlash.

Chinese government promises "whatever it takes" to cap coal use
By Alex Hern - 07 February 8:24

Consumption planned to peak at 4bn tonnes.

Inflated Chinese business lending set to burst?
By Alex Hern - 06 February 15:47

A hard landing could be on the horizon.

Amazon introduces "Amazon Coins" for some reason
By Alex Hern - 06 February 8:46

A new currency, in case you don't already have enough currencies.

Europe wobbles…
By Alex Hern - 05 February 9:03

Italy, Spain and Cyprus all strike fear into the hearts of economists.

It's astonishing the banks haven't been ring-fenced earlier
By Alex Hern - 04 February 13:10

The in-kind subsidy to consumer banks has been crying out for a limit.

New Statesman
400ms of insider information
By Alex Hern - 04 February 9:52

High frequency (insider) trading.

The Economist endorses NGDP targeting. Well, sort of…
By Alex Hern - 01 February 17:32

The Economist endorses a bit of NGDP targeting, for a bit, in a bit.

Planning for long-term growth tells us what we should do in the short-term
By Ian Mulheirn - 01 February 14:23

Demand-friendly cuts and tax rises will boost UK PLC now.

China uses half the world's coal, but we still need to lead on climate change
By Alex Hern - 01 February 13:04

It's no use waiting for developing nations to make the first move. We'll fiddle while Rome drowns.

Leaked EU FTT will likely hit the City too, whether we want it or not
By Alex Hern - 30 January 15:24

If you can't beat them, maybe you should think about joining them?

ONS data reveals just 0.27% of people can't speak English
By Alex Hern - 30 January 13:23

Scaremongering put in its place.

African nations brace for China slowdown
By Alex Hern - 29 January 13:44

Three countries could be especially hit by a "triple whammy".

Everyone has aspirations. We should focus on helping people achieve them
By Loic Menzies - 29 January 10:29

The idea that there is an "aspiration gap" isn't true: and that myth helps people ignore the real problems with our education system, writes Loic Menzies.

Austerity's definitely happened. The question is how much damage it's done
By Alex Hern - 28 January 13:36

The fact that austerity has failed does not mean no-one tried to implement it.

67p none the richer: popular music uprated for inflation
By Alex Hern - 28 January 11:31

In which the fun is sucked out of music.

Wind farm nimbyism means 10,000 jobs just went to Ireland
By Reg Platt - 25 January 14:33

We're saving money, but Ireland is getting the work.

New Statesman
Housing isn't just a battle between terrace and tower
By Alex Hern - 25 January 13:48

There's far more options available than Policy Exchange make out.

New Statesman
ONS: GDP down by 0.3% in Q4 2012
By Alex Hern - 25 January 9:30

Estimates present problems for the government.

Europe moves to a financial transactions tax — will we follow?
By Simon Chouffot - 24 January 11:36

Eleven countries made the decision to introduce a tax on financial transactions yesterday. Simon Chouffot argues we should take heed.