US Senate does something unbelievable: passes a bill
By Alex Hern - 26 July 10:52

Taxmaggedon's not averted, but the competition is on fair ground

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The government action needed to get the economy growing again
By Tony Dolphin - 25 July 11:07

Real GDP has now fallen for three consecutive quarters.

Who is the happiest in Britain?

The release of the data on Britain's wellbeing shows some interesting trends

People are trapped outside our labour market, and it's hurting our economy
By Philip Booth - 24 July 12:15

The IEA's Philip Booth examines how the economy is shrinking even with a strong labour market.

Vouchers: a third way for financing political parties
By Alex Hern - 23 July 15:15

You got your public funding in my private donations! No, you got your private donations in my public funding!

Misaligned incentives in the Australian immigration system, or: moving to jail
By Alex Hern - 23 July 13:45

Mandatory sentencing isn't so scary if you would quite like jail

How do you pay $41m in taxes on a painting which can't be sold?
By Alex Hern - 23 July 12:06

The value of a painting is how much you can sell it for. But Robert Rauschenberg's "Canyon" is illegal to sell, leaving the Sonnabend estate in a pickle.

IMF: “A plague on both your houses”
By Ian Mulheirn - 20 July 16:59

Funded stimulus will take real political leadership to pull off.

Old albums are now outselling new ones. Do we need protectionism against the past?
By Alex Hern - 20 July 13:02

Long copyright terms may not reward the artist, but they make sure that people buy works by new musicians

Ethics in the workplace: why bad business is bad for business
By Alex Hern - 20 July 9:32

Focusing on just profit and loss makes the business environment worse for all concerned

How can you have growing employment and a shrinking economy?
By Tony Dolphin - 20 July 8:39

Underemployment: the UK’s response to economic weakness

We knew the euro was a bad idea in 1961. What went wrong?
By Dom Boyle - 20 July 8:18

The eurozone is emphatically not an optimal currency area.

There are not 120,000 "troubled families"
By Alex Hern - 18 July 11:45

This zombie statistic refuses to die.

"The opposite of a sovereign debt crisis"
By Alex Hern - 17 July 15:37

Being paid to look after money isn't what governments ought to be doing.

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Goldman Sachs steps back from casino banking
By Alex Hern - 17 July 11:52

The Vampire Squid launches a private bank for wealthy clients

Marissa Mayer, Google's 20th employee, becomes Yahoo!'s new CEO
By Alex Hern - 17 July 8:41

A move up and out for Google's star

The Telegraph and Mail should stop buying DWP briefings hook, line and sinker
By Declan Gaffney - 16 July 15:38

People leave housing benefit all the time, but the DWP managed to turn no news into good news

How to set Libor in a post-Barclays age
By Alex Hern - 16 July 11:27

Time for the banks to have some skin in the game

Move your money: We need new models of banking, not just new banks
By Louis Brooke - 13 July 13:50

Introducing "competition" to banking won't work if it's just Tesco Bank taking over

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If Wonga are trying to muscle in to the business market, we need a British Investment Bank more than ever
By Carl Packman - 12 July 18:03

Payday lenders, not content with squeezing individuals, are now going after businesses too.

Growing cities: invest now or pay later
By Naomi Clayton - 12 July 17:24

Towns which were doing well in 1901 are still the best now; lack of progress is hard to turn around.

Bank of Dave: Money to Burnley
By Stephen Clarke - 12 July 16:37

What can we learn from one man's attempts to set up a bank of his own?

If Labour cares so much about the price of milk, why doesn't it join with dairy farmers?
By Rowenna Davis - 12 July 16:19

Milk has been over the news recently, but there's a silence on the left over the plight of its creators.

Spelman's flood insurance is the UK's Obamacare
By Alex Hern - 12 July 13:02

Just wetter. And less controversial. Much like Britain.

Our over-reliance on imports is harming the recovery
By Spencer Thompson - 12 July 11:00

It is new markets, not existing ones, that are key to securing long-term economic growth for the UK

Give cities more power over their destiny
By Joe Manning - 12 July 10:59

The new City Deals are a step in the right direction

The Bank of England wanted to buy bicycles in case of societal collapse
By Alex Hern - 11 July 13:57

A dozen bicycles were proposed to let the directors travel around if civilization had fallen

Trade unions: No room for romance
By Dom Boyle - 11 July 10:52

Economists don't dominate British politics. In fact, they aren't listened to enough.

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