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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

NIESR's Jonathan Portes on the Autumn Statement.

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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.

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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."

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

Not a paragon of efficiency.