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?

Cayman Islands scrap planned income tax
By Alex Hern - 08 August 14:57

Tax haven remains tax haven.

Time to complicate things
By Adam Lent and Greg Fisher - 08 August 13:49

If we stop trying to simplify our economic models, we can improve policy.

America's unsustainable universities
By Alex Hern - 08 August 9:24

When 15 per cent of graduates default in three years, there's problems with a system.

Goldman Sachs gets into social impact bonds - but what are they?
By Ryan Shorthouse - 07 August 15:10

Ryan Shorthouse of the Social Market Foundation explains the reasoning behind social impact bonds.

Tories may be wrong on national debt, but some are right on personal debt
By Carl Packman - 07 August 14:09

The Bright Blue conference revealed some allies in the fight against the payday lenders

GIF of the day: Skynet is in your stock exchanges, taking your money
By Alex Hern - 07 August 12:47

High frequency trading has experienced a boom in the last five years. What next?

Standard Chartered accused of over $250bn of illegal transactions to Iran
By Alex Hern - 07 August 8:15

"You fucking Americans. Who are you to tell us, the rest of the world, that we’re not going to deal with Iranians?"