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.

Boom in the gloom for capital goods
By Simon Briscoe - 10 July 17:33

Amidst stagnation, there's one ray of hope

Defense contracting is deeply weird
By Alex Hern - 10 July 13:06

A $0.5bn golden goodbye is nice to have for anyone.

Means-testing pensioners is wrong, but not for the reason the right hates it
By Alex Hern - 10 July 11:48

It's the old "universal benefits" chestnut again.

An iPad charging screen
It costs less than a pound to run an iPad for a year
By Alex Hern - 09 July 15:20

An iPad uses 5% of the resources of a PC

Nobody ever thought Barclays was the only bank fixing Libor
By Alex Hern - 09 July 12:11

Those in charge always knew that other banks were involved. So why have they got away so far?

University sues student for graduating "too fast"
By Alex Hern - 06 July 12:35

FOM wants €3,000 from Marcel Pohl

High Street 2020: Apple stores and glorified post offices
By Alex Hern - 06 July 8:54

Stephanie Clifford of the New York Times reports on the growing trend of retailers using their brick-and-mortar stores to gain an advantage over online-only shops li

QE, zero rates, and a Chinese surprise
By Alex Hern - 05 July 15:35

It's central bank mania!

Libor manipulation doesn't necessarily mean Libor lies
By Alex Hern - 05 July 9:02

Reducing the rates at which you loan is the good sort of manipulation

New Statesman
Barclays is being punished for being first, not worst
By Alex Hern - 04 July 8:39

Barclays came clean while others are still hiding manipulation.

Monetary stimulus is much more fun when it buys you a holiday
By Alex Hern - 03 July 11:59

Why not use QE to give holiday vouchers to northern Europe? No, really, why not?

London Olympics: How have the last seven years treated Newham?
By Alex Hern - 03 July 11:00

The borough of Newham has yet to see that many gains from hosting the Olympics.

Australian carbon tax is levied
By Alex Hern - 02 July 11:41

Australians now pay AU$23 per tonne of CO2.

The Treasury can't sell gilts during the Olympics because no traders are going to work
By Alex Hern - 02 July 10:23

The Olympics' reverse Midas touch strikes again.

Europe sweetens the pill for Spain
By Alex Hern - 29 June 12:03

Spanish bonds will get cheaper, but the EU wants control of the banks in return

Children on a run-down estate in Glasgow
Does cash or services have the biggest impact on child poverty?
By Jonathan Bradshaw - 27 June 16:31

We need to invest more money in eradicating child poverty, not simply shift current expenditure around.

Britain's youth are steadily being treated worse and worse
By Alex Hern - 27 June 16:12

Intergenerational index spikes at 128 for 2010

Rich homeowners, poor renters, and so they shall stay
By Alex Hern - 27 June 9:39

Government policy is on a collision course with itself.

Apple Store employees dance in Rome
Apple Store workers earn about the same as other retail workers
By Alex Hern - 25 June 12:31

The New York Times is shocked at the travesty of paying workers well above the minimum wage and competing stores.

Central Surrey Health, one of the largest public-sector mutuals
Mutuals in the public sector: Supporting the Brave
By Iain Hasdell - 25 June 9:58

Employee ownership can transform the public sector

Is Germany falling prey to the eurocrisis?
By Helen Robb - 22 June 16:04

Signs emerge that the German economy is faltering

Devastating price crash in the Diablo III hamburger-dagger market
By Alex Hern - 22 June 15:21

The market for a virtual hamburger which can be used in as a dagger in a popular video-game plummeted over the last week

The McJob index
By Alex Hern - 22 June 12:15

See one McDonalds, you've seen them all, and that's useful to economists

The importance of a moment to account
By Helen Robb - 22 June 10:21

The Institute of Chartered Accountants plead for reform of public accounting in the midst of economic flux

It's not just you; European rescue plans really are getting less effective
By Alex Hern - 22 June 9:37

Whereas they used to last for whole months, interventions now improve the market for mere hours.

Who needs time travel when you have enterprise?
By Alexandra Jones - 21 June 15:27

The economy is back to where it was in 2006 - where do we go from here?

Goldman Sachs have £20m of our money, but we're on the road to getting it back
By Tim Street - 20 June 15:41

HMRC's sweetheart tax deal with Goldman Sachs must be declared unlawful