Smaug the dragon's monetary tightening
By Alex Hern - 02 January 13:20

The Hobbit and macroeconomics.

Resource security isn't achieved by locking up commodities
By Dustin Benton - 02 January 12:36

We must strike at the root of resource insecurity, by demateralising our economy where we can.

Austerity averted in US
By Alex Hern - 02 January 10:51

Country hauled back from the fiscal cliff.

Inequality is falling, and for once, Cameron would be right to blame Brown
By Alex Hern - 27 December 12:13

Nothing the Government has done will help equality. That's why they're keeping quiet about it.

Rejoice! It's finally not illegal to rip CDs
By Alex Hern - 20 December 16:33

The Hargreaves review finally makes UK copyright law suitable for 1998.

Guardian teams up with tax-avoiding Amazon. Does it matter?
By Alex Hern - 20 December 12:42

Audible will be providing the Guardian's audiobooks, but a boycott would achieve nothing.

How to lose the battle and win the war for immigration
By Alex Hern - 20 December 11:02

Skilled migration isn't that much better economically – but it's a lot easier to get through politically.

US Treasury to sell stake in General Motors
By Alex Hern - 20 December 8:50

Total loss to be around $6.5bn.

New Statesman
SMF wins at Christmas cards
By Alex Hern - 19 December 11:30

"Retiring Rudolph"

An early Christmas present for Britain's biggest banks: £34bn from taxpayers
By Lydia Prieg - 19 December 8:14

We’re still giving big banks special privileges and they’re still too big to fail, writes Lydia Prieg.

Wonga are blinding critics with science
By Carl Packman - 18 December 15:47

The payday loan company shows off about its algorithm, but lends to the same vulnerable people.

Instagram.
Instagram asserts the right to sell your photos
By Alex Hern - 18 December 8:39

You are not the customer, you are the product.

Argentina wins ship, loses IMF
By Alex Hern - 17 December 15:39

The economic situation in the nation is concerning.

Still true: nobody cares if a country's credit rating gets cut
By Alex Hern - 17 December 12:29

A country's rating gets cut. Do bond yields go up or down? Toss a coin.

There still aren't 120,000 "troubled families"
By Alex Hern - 17 December 11:07

A zombie statistic refuses to die, even as the DCLG helps 3,000 real families.

New Statesman
A big week for money
By Alex Hern - 17 December 8:57

Breakthroughs worldwide.

Don't tax Amazon. Tax Amazon's shareholders
By Alex Hern - 14 December 17:09

Corporations dodge tax. So go for their owners instead.

New Statesman
PMI data reinforces tale of three economies
By Alex Hern - 14 December 15:08

Good, bad, worse in the US, UK and EU.

"Get on a bus and go find work": It's not as easy as all that
By Alex Hern - 14 December 13:24

Transport is a serious hinderance to employment for young people, according to a new report from the Work Foundation.

Ex-MPC member: Britain has an investment crisis, not a debt crisis
By Alex Hern - 14 December 11:16

Adam Posen hits out at governmental "misinterpretation" of the economy.

Margaret Hodge is "astonished" at the ineffectiveness of the Work Programme
By Alex Hern - 13 December 17:40

The PAC chair releases a statement on the scheme.

While the Government delays, cities are taking radical steps to cut carbon
By Alastair Harper - 13 December 17:05

Cities are where the biggest experiments can take place; look to them to see the future of the UK.

"Four generations of families where no-one has ever had a job"? Probably not, Mr Grayling
By Alex Hern - 13 December 16:26

A new report highlights the rareness of intergenerational worklessness, as well as its undesirability.

New Statesman
Don't boycott Google because it's evil. Boycott it because it's terrible
By Alex Hern - 13 December 14:10

Google's dodging taxes. But its worst crime is messing around with search results.

Vodka, capitalism and Russia's "mortality crisis"
By Alex Hern - 12 December 14:03

When communism ended in Russia, death rates shot up: but how much of that was actually due to economic turmoil?

Osborne will score a financial own-goal tomorrow

The Chancellor, in turning down the chance to implement a Financial Transactions Tax, will cost the UK dearly.

Why aren't we talking about the "disability tax"?
By Alex Hern - 10 December 13:00

The Chancellor presented some pretty unconvincing reasoning in the Autumn Statement.

New Statesman
Does the entertainment industry have too much power?
By Alex Hern - 07 December 9:20

In America a congressional staffer gets fired, and in Britain an indie music website gets blocked, all in the name of rent-seeking.

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