Basic income versus the robots
By Alex Hern - 17 June 14:32

An economic all-stars match-up.

Household finances at their least worst for 53 months
By Alex Hern - 17 June 10:53

A good news/bad news moment.

Terraced houses.
The poor are still paying more for basic utilities and financial services
By Katie Schmuecker - 15 June 10:25

Payment structures and price plans in utilities and financial services continue to inflict higher costs on the poorest in society. Regulators and the government need to do more.

Firemen extinguish a burning car in Kista after riots in Swedish suburbs
The Swedish riots: What really happened?
By Liam McLaughlin - 14 June 14:59

Inequality, not immigration, was what sparked the unrest.

Workers can't pay the costs of zero-hour contracts
By Neil Lee - 14 June 13:50

It's naive to pretend there are no benefits, but too often only the employers get them.

It is in the UK's power to end tax havens
By Murray Worthy - 14 June 11:56

Cameron needs to lead on tax dodging, because he has the power to stop it.

Spot the difference: pensions vs student loans
By Alex Hern - 14 June 9:29

It's only OK to retroactively change a deal when it affects young people.

There is no longer a "jobs puzzle": Britain's labour market improvement has stagnated
By Alex Hern - 13 June 11:15

Unemployment has stalled – and other statistics are even worse.

The government needs to stop ignoring the social disaster of women deserts
By Declan Gaffney - 12 June 14:59

The Centre for Applied Data Torture reports.

If the Government's ruining law, the solution is not more Government
By Preston Byrne - 12 June 12:46

More lawyers should be hired directly by the state; but the rest should get used to living without legal aid, writes Preston Byrne.

Should the White House crack down on patent trolls, or on patents?
By Alex Hern - 12 June 10:21

That patents boost innovation is received wisdom, but it might not be true.

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What does Miliband mean by the "structural" welfare bill?
By Alex Hern - 06 June 10:15

It doesn't even need capping.

New Statesman
The developing world is growing faster than us, but don't panic
By Alex Hern - 05 June 15:25

I'd still rather be growing slowly at a high level of development than the other way round.

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The most universal benefit of them all
By Alex Hern - 05 June 11:07

While the UK debates ending universality, economists in America are talking about making income itself universal.

SocGen strategist excoriates Osborne over Help to Buy
By Alex Hern - 04 June 11:28

"He may really deserve to be called a moron".

New Statesman
We need more London
By Alex Hern - 03 June 18:00

So let's build it.

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Apple in court over price-fixing allegations
By Alex Hern - 03 June 16:54

Accused of conspiring with publishers to raise prices.

Manufacturing gets less bad across Europe
By Alex Hern - 03 June 11:06

Indicators show slowing rate of decline in industry.

Agent Osborne goes rogue
By Pawe? Morski - 31 May 9:52

Is the Chancellor an accelerationist sleeper-agent sworn to provoke a socialist revolution?

New Statesman
After Shapps' bad data, the DWP is back in the spotlight
By Alex Hern - 30 May 12:19

IDS is spinning furiously.

The Guardian has a coffee shop now.
By Alex Hern - 30 May 11:08

No, we don't know why either.

New Statesman
Finally there's agreement that payday lending needs to be tackled. But how?
By Carl Packman - 30 May 10:27

Access to banking, co-operative credit and caps on interest should all be considered.

New Statesman
More than just a bar on a chart in New York: Why the MDGs matter
By Adrian Lovett - 29 May 11:05

The good news is, we're reaching them.

Lots of graduates will never pay off their loans, which is the point
By Alex Hern - 28 May 13:20

Graduating into a recession is hard; at least you can not pay your loans until you earn a bit.

Don't forget the fees: Devon pays £40m less than Stafforshire for the same pensions
By Alex Hern - 28 May 11:41

When Keep it Simple, Stupid comes into its own.

New Statesman
Reinhart and Rogoff call for "civility"
By Alex Hern - 28 May 9:39

The burned economists write an open letter to Paul Krugman, hitting back at his claims.

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