GP: "It is too difficult for ill people to claim benefits"
By Alex Hern - 31 October 13:09

"The government withholding funds from sick and needy people through a bureaucratic claim system."

First vertical farm opens in Singapore
By Alex Hern - 30 October 16:28

Nine stories of greens.

The living wage and tax
By Alex Hern - 30 October 12:35

Does the living wage provide an argument for ending tax on the lowest paid?

Employee ownership organisation rejects "employee-owner" plans
By Alex Hern - 30 October 10:49

"There is no need to dilute the rights of workers in order to grow employee ownership."

Eurozone retail PMI shows contraction for 12th month running
By Alex Hern - 30 October 10:16

Europe isn't out of the storm yet.

Bad news for Hollande as austerity bites
By Alex Hern - 29 October 13:17

Hollande's focus on cutting deficits with revenues hasn't saved him from the downsides.

The birth of a zombie statistic
By Alex Hern - 29 October 11:16

"Record numbers of people in work" is a meaningless fact.

US markets close as Frankenstein's Monstorm heads to NYC
By Alex Hern - 29 October 10:14

Hurricane Sandy marks first full trading-day lost to weather in over 25 years.

New Statesman
The Economist: austerity in 2010 "threatened recovery"
By Alex Hern - 26 October 10:35

The coalition against austerity is overwhelming.

The FCA needs to be allowed to tackle the legal loan sharks
By Carl Packman - 25 October 11:34

The new financial regulator ought to have payday lenders in its remit, writes Carl Packman.

GDP almost returns to the level it was before Osborne's double-dip
By Alex Hern - 25 October 9:31

The effects of the second recession have been reversed by 1 per cent growth this quarter.

It's not safe to leave fossil fuels in the ground
By Alex Hern - 25 October 8:24

Better to extract the fossil fuels, capture the carbon, and store that instead, says Professor Jon Gibbins.

Tower bridge
London Olympics exceed initial budget by £6.52bn
By Alex Hern - 23 October 13:37

When is "under budget" not "under budget"?

Protesters from the Boycott Workfare campaign outside an M&S on Sunday.
The emperor's new stats release
By Alex Hern - 22 October 13:42

All is not as it seems in last week's employment figures.

An evidence-based alcohol policy is receding into the rear-view mirror
By Alex Hern - 22 October 11:55

Minimum pricing takes a back seat to multibuy bans – and may not even work anyway.

New Statesman
Splitting America three-ways
By Alex Hern - 18 October 16:04

If you refounded North America, how many currencies would you go for?

New Statesman
3D printing: is it really all that?
By Spencer Thompson - 16 October 18:17

It might not be ALL that, but it's most of that, writes the Big Innovation Centre's Spencer Thompson

What dog poo teaches us about drug policy
By Alex Hern - 16 October 17:22

Why don't we let dogs crap on the street? Mostly because it's nasty.

GDP percentage growth, quarter on same quarter 1 year ago - estimates.
ONS reports that ONS actually quite good at estimating GDP
By Alex Hern - 16 October 13:45

Estimates rarely change that much, but have got worse since the crash.

The IMF changing its stance leaves the OBR and Treasury isolated
By Jonathan Portes - 16 October 11:15

The number of people who think that this recession was unpredictable is shrinking by the day, writes NIESR's Jonathan Portes.

Trading kidneys, repugnant markets and stable marriages win the Nobel Prize in Economics
By Alex Hern - 15 October 13:25

Roth and Shapley charted a course for economists to go beyond simply arguing for markets in everything.

If you want to live ethically, start with your bank account
By Ed Mayo - 15 October 9:35

Moving your money is an opportunity to make the banking system as a whole better, writes Co-operatives UK's Ed Mayo.

New Statesman
60 per cent of FTT revenues would come from Britain (even if we "opted out")
By Alex Hern - 12 October 16:03

An interesting note from Ernst & Young's ITEM club outlook has been going around today.

Amazon launches yet another loss-leader, but what is its plan?
By Alex Hern - 12 October 14:32

The Kindle Owners Lending Library will sell a lot of Kindles – but Kindles don't make money.

A couple of privileged French fops
David Cameron's misappropriation of the word "privilege"
By Philip Booth - 11 October 16:11

The Prime Minister says he wants to spread privilege - the IEA's Philip Booth really hopes that isn't what he meant.

Credit rating agencies still not very good at rating credit
By Alex Hern - 11 October 13:27

The University of Cambridge is apparently a safer investment than the UK.

Switzerland and Denmark go negative
By Alex Hern - 11 October 9:38

Negative nominal interest rates arrive.