The coalition aims to push through Royal Mail privatisation before strike action
By George Eaton - 12 September 8:57

In defiance of 96% of Royal Mail workers, ministers hope to complete the sell-off in advance of a nationwide strike.

If inflation is a bad thing, why is government policy designed to make us want more of it?
By Jonn Elledge - 12 September 7:59

Britain is awash with debt, while government policy encourages inflation. But theoretical inflation sorts a lot of stuff out, while actual inflation will hurt.

Robots: not actually all that
By Alex Hern - 06 September 16:34

Maybe our tin-headed overlords will just become another set of tools on the job.

Shared ownership doesn't help most young people onto the housing market
By Alex Hern - 06 September 13:22

You need to be pretty lucky to make the most of it.

Can the Ministry of Sound sue Spotify – and should they?
By Alex Hern - 05 September 15:37

There's a copyright in playlists, argues the dance music label, and Alex Hern agrees.

Forty years until we get "personal nanofactories"?
By James Evans - 03 September 18:15

A prominent futurist has predicted that in just forty years, we'll be able to produce anything from the basic building-blocks of matter itself.

Twelve steps to stop tax avoidance
By Chris Nicholas - 03 September 14:45

Tax avoidance is now endemic, with companies and the wealthy often paying derisory amounts of tax. Public anger has so far met with hollow rhetoric, handwringing and vested interest rationalisations. Robust steps to stamp it out are needed.

Wonga announces record profits – but should they have them?
By Carl Packman - 03 September 10:47

Carl Packman asks if we can be comfortable living in a country where Wonga makes millions.

Think tank slams Help to Buy: "government is the housing crisis"
By Alex Hern - 02 September 14:49

The Adam Smith Institute has accused the government of propping up the housing bubble.

Crowdsourcing the unemployment rate
By Alex Hern - 28 August 14:55

What's inflation going to be? Wanna bet?

Economists: "Losing both parents sucks"
By Alex Hern - 27 August 16:21

Have you ever wondered whether losing both parents to a tragedy might be a bad thing or not? Well, economists did.

Boris's vanity projects
By Alex Hern - 27 August 8:40

The Mayor of London's left his stamp on the city. But how much will we thank him for it down the line?

Why good news for GDP isn't necessarily good news for the Chancellor
By Nida Broughton - 23 August 15:15

The output gap is a strange and unpredictable beast, writes Nida Broughton.

New Statesman
A flap of a butterfly's wings to freeze the UK economy
By Paul Hodges - 21 August 17:44

The economy has been sailing smoothly this summer. But winter is coming…

New Statesman
The personal debt bubble is fit to burst
By Carl Packman - 20 August 15:25

We're almost in Wongaland already, writes Carl Packman.

Why Silk Road basically sells insurance and financial products, not drugs
By Alex Hern - 16 August 12:55

The world's biggest online drug marketplace is more like the world's biggest service company

Why isn't the government doing all it can to cut the deficit?
By Alex Hern - 16 August 9:51

There's a whole class of policies which could cut the deficit in the medium to long term, which the government is ignoring. It's a sign of how weak public debate has become.

Shale gas could frack up our manufacturing
By Julian Morgan - 15 August 15:32

Fracking won't help our industrial base, if the Dutch disease is anything to go by.

The proposed hyperloop.
The overhyped hyperloop: is Elon Musk's plan a superfast load of nonsense?
By Alex Hern - 15 August 11:27

The Hyperloop as pitched – as a $6bn project usefully linking two cities – can't exist. But the excitement around it could destroy any hopes for a workable Californian high speed rail link.

New Statesman
Unemployment flat at 7.8 per cent
By Alex Hern - 14 August 9:33

Employment rises by 0.1 percentage point to 71.5 per cent.

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Facebook encourages 30,000 to become organ donors
By Alex Hern - 13 August 15:41

A nudge here, an organ there.

Android vulnerability hits Bitcoin apps and more
By Alex Hern - 13 August 7:57

When a random number is not so random, security pays the price

Who will be able to afford to "pay to stay" in social housing?
By Alex Hern - 10 August 9:04

When people can't afford "affordable" rents, housing policy is broken.

We shouldn't be hanging on the every word of Britain’s new "superstar" central banker
By Jeremy Green - 08 August 12:42

Britain's economic debate needs to be more daring than the Bank of England can ever be, writes Jeremy Green.

New Statesman
How zero-hours contracts hide real unemployment
By Alex Hern - 07 August 12:46

If you're on contract without work, the ONS can count you as employed.

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Bank of England: interest rates stay low til unemployment drops
By Alex Hern - 07 August 11:03

Mark Carney's Bank promises to fight the slack in the economy.

What could a Jeff Bezos Washington Post look like?
By Alex Hern - 06 August 15:42

There will be changes afoot at the venerable institution.

New Statesman
High stamp duty lowers house prices
By Alex Hern - 06 August 12:46

A new paper from IZA confirms: it's sellers who really pay stamp duty.

Late, getting later: speeding up payments would speed up growth
By Nigel Knowles - 05 August 18:00

£35bn is owed to small and medium businesses. That needs to fall, or it's the whole country which will pay the bill.

New Statesman
Strong services data for July indicates health in the sector
By Alex Hern - 05 August 11:40

The services PMI for July came in at 60.2.