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.

Is tax just a question of ethics?
By Mike Lewis - 07 December 7:46

In the wake of Starbucks’ tax U-turn, we need to acknowledge that multinationals already choose whether to pay tax or not - and make them pay their fair share.

A victory against usury
By Carl Packman - 06 December 9:17

The government agrees to act on payday lending.

New Statesman
It's official: Panorama is the least funny program on iPlayer
By Alex Hern - 05 December 17:12

Tell iPlayer your mood, and it can now tell you what to watch.

New Statesman
"The fiscal mandate is no longer coherent"
By Alex Hern - 05 December 15:25

NIESR's Jonathan Portes on the Autumn Statement.

New Statesman
Autumn Statement: all the key points
By Alex Hern - 05 December 11:11

Benefits bear the brunt of a fiscally neutral Autumn Statement. Refresh and scroll down for updates.

The Times' bizarre economics
By Alex Hern - 05 December 10:39

Straight outta 2010.

Planning for a rainy day: why Britain needs a financial stability fund
By Victoria Barr - 04 December 16:05

We've got to try and prevent the next crisis – but also plan for what happens if we don't, writes Victoria Barr

The day before the Autumn Statement, everything you need to know about tax in the UK
By Chris Nicholas - 04 December 12:30

Chris Nicholas gives a primer of the state of tax in the UK.

Killer-whale-submarine is awesome, baffling, singlehanded argument for progressive taxation
By Alex Hern - 04 December 11:24

Climb in your metal Orca and breach the sea.

Kelvin MacKenzie isn't a good macroeconomist
By Alex Hern - 04 December 8:07

Transfers from rich areas to poor ones are really very useful for not screwing up the economy.

New Statesman
Chart of the day: underemployment highest in two decades
By New Statesman - 29 November 15:17

More people working part time.

Stupid ideas in tax policy
By Alex Hern - 27 November 18:02

"Let's tax people more than they earn, that'll work."

New Statesman
The Work Programme destroyed a job for every £4600 it spent
By Alex Hern - 27 November 11:47

Not a paragon of efficiency.

Should we be paying for people to live on flood plains?
By Alex Hern - 26 November 14:28

Unless we want to rehouse hundreds of thousands of people: yes.

Are demographics going to save the US economy?
By Alex Hern - 26 November 11:44

Sometimes the simplest things can have wide-ranging effects.

The Bank of England
Should Labour adopt the four per cent inflation policy?
By Dan McCurry - 26 November 10:50

Controversial ideas of the past are becoming consensus of the present.

Why don't wages fall?
By Alex Hern - 23 November 13:15

"Nominal wage rigidity" is one of the bigger gaps in theoretical economics.

Argentina loses New York court case, owes vulture fund $1.3bn
By Alex Hern - 23 November 11:36

Elliott Capital Management must now be paid at the same time Argentina pays its normal bondholders.

New Statesman
Now that Cameron supports tax justice, what must he do about it?
By Mike Lewis - 23 November 8:57

We can’t just rely on companies cleaning up their tax affairs. We need international, intergovernmental action on tax justice, and the UK should deliver it.

A carbon tax may not actually do a whole lot for emissions
By Alex Hern - 22 November 16:41

There's a chicken/egg problem at work.