OFT writes to 240 payday lenders to warn them over poor practices
By Carl Packman - 21 November 10:41

The legal loan sharks have been cautioned.

We must free ourselves from the tyranny of the credit rating agencies
By David Skelton - 21 November 10:19

The disastrous record of the rating agencies proves that they do not deserve their exalted position.

Scroungers, fraudsters and parasites: how media coverage affects our view of benefit claimants

The public discourse of welfare in the UK seems to be caught in a vicious circle, where the media, politicians and public feed into each other.

Jonathan Portes at the committee hearing.
Jesse Norman MP attacks "rogue economist", badly
By Alex Hern - 20 November 9:55

"Are you operating as a kind of rogue economist?" Jesse Norman MP attacks Jonathan Portes.

The chorus from business is now deafening: "give us certainty on energy policy and low carbon investment"
By Maf Smith - 19 November 9:45

Businesses need to know what will happen in the future, writes RenewablesUK's Maf Smith. A government in turmoil can't provide that.

New Statesman
Why tax avoidance is like porn
By Alex Hern - 16 November 18:14

I know it when I see it.

What’s going wrong with politics and energy – and how to fix it
By Alastair Harper - 16 November 14:43

Change is always tricky, but it's far from impossible, writes Green Alliance's Alastair Harper.

The black marks on the government's inequality record
By Larissa Hansford - 15 November 16:35

Half way through the parliamentary term, how is the government doing? Not too well, writes One Society's Larissa Hansford.

Unemployment is still too high – so why don't people care?
By Declan Gaffney - 15 November 15:37

Unemployment of 7.8% ought to have people in the streets. Yet the only thing we hear is a collective sigh of indifference.

What if the tax and benefits system already rewards marriage?
By Gordon Hector - 14 November 16:32

If you want the system to incentivise staying together, then relax.

Five questions answered on… the fall in UK unemployment
By Heidi Vella - 14 November 15:10

Unemployment is at its lowest number for over a year. We answer five questions on the falling unemployment rates.

A statistical trick which reveals whether MPs are lying about expenses
By Alex Hern - 14 November 11:48

Benford's law has many uses. Can it trip up MPs?

New Statesman
Business quote of the day: long-term unemployment
By Helen Roxburgh - 14 November 10:44

We still need to tackle long-term unemployment.                                  

Making sure the green shoots don’t wither away
By Scott Barnes - 13 November 12:19

The UK may be in recovery, writes Scott Barnes, but how can we keep it that way?

Inflation rises by half a per cent
By Alex Hern - 13 November 9:40

CPI now stands at 2.7 per cent.

IEA: USA to become world's biggest oil producer
By Alex Hern - 12 November 15:45

What does this mean for American renewables?

New Statesman
Rolling Jubilee: can a crowdsourced bailout of personal debt work?
By Alex Hern - 09 November 14:29

A new spin-off of Occupy Wall Street wants to cancel debt. Can it?

Volatility is the next big debate in energy policy
By Alex Hern - 09 November 9:28

Unstable prices, cultures, and companies all breed uncertainty in an area of our lives where we need reliability.

The fiscal cliff isn't scary except to republicans
The fiscal cliff isn't scary to anyone but Republicans
By Alex Hern - 08 November 13:17

Taxmageddon could be a blessing in disguise.

Apple pays non-US income taxes of just 2 per cent
By Alex Hern - 05 November 8:20

The company is likely awaiting a "repatriation tax holiday".

Fearing the brown envelope: sickness benefits and welfare reform
By Kayleigh Garthwaite - 02 November 15:34

"I try not to read about it cos it’s so frightening."

Sandy cost the US $50bn, could have been averted for $15bn
By Alex Hern - 02 November 13:12

Prevention is better than cure.

New Statesman
171,000 new jobs provides mild boost to Obama
By Alex Hern - 02 November 12:46

Unemployment rate up 0.1%

Congressional report finds higher tax rates don't hurt growth, so Republican party has it pulled
By Alex Hern - 02 November 11:49

"Changes in the top marginal tax rate do not appear correlated with growth."

Bloomberg brooks no dissent.
Bloomberg: "It's global warming, stupid"
By Alex Hern - 02 November 10:27

"Now we have weather on steroids."

Telegraph institutes paywall overseas
By Alex Hern - 01 November 15:49

Is the paper abdicating US growth in favour of a quick buck?

The government has lost the economic argument around immigration
By Alex Hern - 01 November 11:04

It now straddles two contradictory claims.

Capitol Hill
The "Fiscal Cliff" would drag America into certain recession
By Alex Ward - 31 October 17:52

Congress must overcome its partisan rifts.

Being unable to buy elections isn't a bug, it's a feature
By Alex Hern - 31 October 17:24

"Markets in everything" can be taken too far.

The left-wing case for a flexible labour market
By Gillian Econopouly - 31 October 15:44

Labour market flexibility, if harnessed properly, can be a force for individual and collective good, says Gillian Econopouly.