Betting on a stranger's death is frowned upon, even if it might be legal
By Alex Hern - 27 August 8:34

Joseph Caramadre, of Rhode Island, faces 66 criminal charges for an investment plan which happened to involve betting on the deaths of terminally ill people.

Welcome to the Wild West.
Bill Koch's Wild West village tells us all we need to know about taxing the rich
By Alex Hern - 24 August 16:24

It's a simple question: would you prefer lasers or a Wild West gated community?

Where did all the productivity go?
By Margarida Madaleno - 24 August 14:03

The ONS examines how employment is rising, even while GDP falls.

Who is left defending George Osborne?
By David Blanchflower - 24 August 12:58

The economists have deserted him, and business leaders are nowhere to be heard.

Tax dodging by foreign companies risks rendering aid pointless
By Chris Jordan - 23 August 12:38

The amount lost to foreign countries through tax dodging far outstrips the aid budget – and it could get worse.

The "war on motorists" is a myth
By Will Straw - 23 August 11:57

Everyone's feeling the pinch, but we shouldn't mistake that for a war on motorists.

Behind the Britannia Unchained Tories
By Alex Hern - 23 August 11:35

The Guardian has taken a look at the influential Tories behind next month's Britannia Unchained

Crackdown on crisis loans is simultaneously dystopian and Victorian
By Alex Hern - 22 August 15:47

Tesco-only crisis loans, and paternalism for the poor. Marvellous.

Selling expensive council houses can't accommodate the future
By Chris Mansfield - 21 August 17:16

"What might be an appropriate tactical response in some cases could not be considered to be a comprehensive strategic solution."

New Statesman
Liberalising immigration would double the world's income overnight
By Alex Hern - 21 August 12:09

A new paper from NBER suggests that a 116% increase in wages could result.

Mini-jobs: Will they help?
By Margarida Madaleno - 21 August 9:49

A new legal category of work might help people into unemployment.

Should city-specific immigration come to London?
By Alex Hern - 20 August 16:53

Imagine handing control of immigration to Boris. OK, not the best way to sell it, but still...

George Osborne
With hindsight, Cable's deficit reduction plan looks better than Osborne's
By John Pugh - 20 August 14:45

Osborne's Plan A required the Chancellor to be lucky - and this Chancellor has not been lucky.

New Statesman
Niall Ferguson attacks Obama, poorly
By Alex Hern - 20 August 12:34

The economic historian penned a cover-piece for Newsweek which doesn't show the best grasp of his subject.

"Expensive" social housing is unfair for everyone in the system
By Alex Morton - 20 August 9:15

Sell off the priciest homes, build more with the money, and everybody wins, argues Policy Exchange.

The economics of Ramadan
By Adam Ramsey - 18 August 10:09

The reduced energy levels - and working hours - of the month of fasting affects the stock markets.

In praise of lie-ins
By Alex Hern - 17 August 15:01

A group of influential young Tories have accused Britons of being "lazy".

Video: Spain's "Robin Hood" mayor sets off on a march against austerity
By Alex Hern - 16 August 10:39

Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo had accompanied activists on supermarket raids where food was distributed to the poor.

Virgin Trains vs First Great Western in numbers
By Alex Hern - 15 August 10:20

Who wins the smackdown of the sub-par train operating companies?

Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan on Europe
By Alex Hern - 15 August 9:23

Compared to Ryan's budgets, Cameron's coalition looks positively profligate.

Airports quiet as the Olympics keeps visitors away
By Margarida Madaleno - 14 August 14:38

200,000 fewer people flew into London in July than last year.

If you thought Ryan's fiscal policy was bad, wait til you see his monetary policy
By Alex Hern - 14 August 12:29

"Sound money", raising interest rates and Ayn Rand: he's got it all.

Privatisation slows down worldwide
By Alex Hern - 13 August 14:30

Has the money lost heart, or is it the bureaucrats?

Paul Ryan is the Republicans' "ideas man". Shame his ideas are nonsense
By Alex Hern - 13 August 9:49

To achieve his plan, Ryan would have to enact spending cuts which are "beyond draconian".

The economics of spam
By Alex Hern - 10 August 15:46

Junk emails cost $20bn a year. Not just an irritation.

FRED imports EU inflation data; stats nerds jump for joy, start charting things
By Alex Hern - 10 August 11:32

French healthcare inflation vs US healthcare inflation! Beer inflation! Spanish inflation!

France also introduced a financial non-transactions tax last month
By Alex Hern - 09 August 12:05

It's not just a 0.2 per cent Robin Hood tax which Hollande introduced.

New Statesman
Are ISPs the problem or the solution to getting broader broadband?
By Sara Kelly - 08 August 15:57

We need fast broadband, and we need it everywhere. But is it harder to do with one company controlling a third of the market?