An iPhone.
iPhones and ringtones: a parable of markets.
By Alex Hern - 19 April 15:13

"Markets in everything!"

The space shuttle Discovery lands in Washington
Opinionomics | 19 April 2012
By Alex Hern - 19 April 7:57

Must-read comment and analysis. Featuring the drug trade, masters of the universe, and crippling aus

A building site in Lewisham
The one number that explains the employment situation
By Alex Hern - 18 April 15:58

5.6 people are chasing every one job. Without reducing this number, unemployment can never substanti

Boarded up shops wait for redevelopment in the Hanley Shopping Centre
Don’t get carried away with headline fall in unemployment
By Richard Darlington - 18 April 14:12

Subtantial progress may not come until 2013

A woman jogs past a sign referencing YPF
The fallout from the YPF seizure
By Alex Hern - 18 April 12:52

The players are taking sides as Argentina consolidates the ground it has taken

Protesters perform a skit during a tax day demonstration in New York City
Opinionomics | 18 April 2012
By Alex Hern - 18 April 8:05

Must-read comment and analysis. Britain in the slow lane, youth unemployment speeding up, and Argent

From Skintland to a United States of Britain
By Dom Boyle - 17 April 15:24

The hysterical debate around Scottish independence is harming independents

Two stacked coins
Simple taxes are progressive taxes
By Matthew Sinclair - 17 April 14:18

The TPA's Matthew Sinclair argues that it is lack of take-up that makes the tax system look biased a

Oliver Twist begs for more
Going cap in hand to the charities
By Ian Mulheirn - 17 April 11:45

How to change the tax relief cap to help charities and the government get value for money.

The BP board, 1960
Where the tax burden falls
By Alex Hern - 17 April 9:48

Where does the tax burden fall, and why do loopholes help the rich?

Argentine president Kirchner holds a sample of oil from YPF's fields
Opinionomics | 17 April 2012
By Alex Hern - 17 April 8:04

Must-read comment and analysis. Featuring minimum taxes and money taxes.

Impersonators wait outside Mann's Chinese Theatre
Creative industries are stronger than ever
By Alex Hern - 16 April 15:30

A new report shows why "the internet is killing the entertainment industry" is as true as "home tapi

People queue outside a Barclays
Barclays tax-planning under investigation
By Alex Hern - 16 April 13:01

The bank's tax planning has been described as a "sham" in a New York court briefing

Denise Van Outen holds a cheque for Great Ormond Street Hospital
How charitable tax deductions work
By Alex Hern - 16 April 9:18

We've heard Osborne's plans to crack down on tax dodgers/ philanthropists (delete as appropriate), but what about higher rate payers and their charitable deductions?

Opinionomics | 16 April 2012
By Alex Hern - 16 April 8:04

Must-read comment and analysis. Featuring the future of newspapers, education, and Ed Milliband

Decisions, decisions, Getty images.
Yielding to temptation
By Nick Wilkinson and Matthias Klaes - 14 April 13:26

An introduction to behavioural economics.

Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods
How could one devalue the pound?
By Alex Hern - 13 April 15:13

A new Civitas report suggests devaluing the pound to boost exports. But can it work?

A big Google+ logo.
Control freaks: Google's stock split
By Alex Hern - 13 April 11:51

It's good for the founders, but is it in the company's interests?

J. Craig Venter smiles in front of a map of the human genome.
Open access to science helps us all
By Dave Carr and Robert Kiley - 13 April 10:34

The Wellcome Trust has been praised for its decision to compel research it funds to be freely availa

A South Korean activist in a Kim Jong-Un mask holds up a fake rocket.
Opinionomics | 13 April 2012
By Alex Hern - 13 April 7:50

Must-read comment and analysis. Featuring oil, Osborne and old people.

China has better hackers than us
By Alex Hern - 12 April 15:31

The failure to teach computer science in schools and universities bites back

Tackling corruption’s the key to stability in China
By Dan Hough - 12 April 14:14

The dramatic purge of Chongqing boss Bo Xilai had all the drama of a Hollywood movie, but there are

Britain celebrates (Japanese) state investment
By Alex Hern - 12 April 11:59

It seems like everyone is investing in British infrastructure except for the British government

New iPads in the 5th Avenue Apple Store. (Getty)
Opinionomics | 12 April 2012
By Alex Hern - 12 April 7:55

Must-read comment and analysis. Featuring green regulations, charity funding, and agency pricing

Tax transparency treats the symptom not the cause
By Matthew Sinclair - 11 April 16:02

If we worry about politicians dodging taxes, attack the dodging, not the privacy, writes the TPA's M

Pooling pension funds makes perfect sense
By Joe Manning - 11 April 13:06

Far from the hysteria about "Granny tax II", London's pension investment plan can't come soon enough

The return of subprime loans
By Alex Hern - 11 April 12:47

What could possibly go wrong?

We may not be getting more productive, but there's an upside to that. (Getty)
Every silver lining has a cloud
By Alex Hern - 11 April 11:49

In economics, there's nothing fully good.

Malaysia's Petronas Towers. The country is home to most sukuk trading. (Getty)
Growing state of Islamic finance
By Alex Hern - 11 April 9:41

Over $100bn Sukuk, or Islamic bonds, are set to be issued this year

Ferrets are used in many flu tests, since they catch the same bug as us. (Getty)
Opinionomics | 11 April 2012
By Alex Hern - 11 April 8:08

Must-read comment and analysis. Featuring HST, and H5N1.