Mandelson's "search parties" are the sort of immigration policy the Mail should adore
By Alex Hern - 20 May 10:58

How do you make sure that migration helps? Pick and choose who you invite.

The stereotypes used against Eastern Europe are as old as they are wrong
By Alan Anstead - 17 May 12:30

The tabloids are smearing Roma – but we've heard these myths before.

New Statesman
New browser plugin stops people bamboozling you with numbers
By Alex Hern - 16 May 8:45

Dictionary of Numbers provides that much needed context.

Greece & Germany: Things tend to get worse before they get more worse
By Left Outside - 15 May 9:58

Cutting your nose off to incentivise your face to implement much needed structural reforms.

France falls into triple-dip recession
By Alex Hern - 15 May 8:31

A bad end to a bad year for François Hollande.

Is the double-dip no more? Does it matter?
By Alex Hern - 13 May 12:34

Maybe, and no. No it does not.

Michael Gove revealed to be using PR-commissioned puff-polls as "evidence"
By Alex Hern - 13 May 9:15

Eight out of ten cats prefer Michael Gove to Whiskas.

We need to talk about profit
By Alex Hern - 10 May 16:56

Accounting profit is necessary for publicly traded companies to survive; it's not a sign of extortion.

Do we actually want to be a society of homeowners?
By Alex Hern - 08 May 18:08

High rates of home ownership have large negative effects on the labour market. Why are we trying to boost it?

Improving motherhood means reducing inequality, not just poverty
By Duncan Exley - 08 May 16:13

The UK is a worse country in which to be a mother than many poorer nations, according to Save the Children.

The further you are from London, the more equal the cities are
By Alex Hern - 07 May 14:16

What is inequality on an urban level?

The safest place in economics is wherever Niall Ferguson isn't
By Alex Hern - 07 May 12:27

The historian isn't so hot when he's looking forwards in time.

New Statesman
Micro-level policy is sometimes the hardest to get right
By Alex Hern - 06 May 17:57

Our education system still funnels people towards universities.

Bogus psychometric tests for jobseekers were used without permission
By Alex Hern - 06 May 16:34

Questionnaire "had failed its scientific validation".

Facebook is suffering from an overdose of dog food
By Alex Hern - 06 May 13:33

The company's staff are so ingrained with the network that they can't make products normal people want to use.

New Statesman
Osborne will struggle to debate the IMF head-on
By Alex Hern - 05 May 13:39

Without being able to turn to now-slain canards, the chancellor's arguments fall apart.

Help to Buy won't bring a sub-prime crisis to Britain – but it does move us closer to one
By Preston Byrne - 04 May 12:26

Boosting house prices is a funny way to solve the housing crisis, writes Preston Byrne.

Over ten per cent of Britain's possible labour is wasted
By Alex Hern - 02 May 10:09

Combining underemployment and unemployment shows the output gap is much bigger than previously estimated.

Wind energy is much more popular than its opponents would have you think
By Jennifer Webber - 02 May 7:50

Even in the Tories, more people support wind farms than oppose them.

Deflation in the tech industry
By Alex Hern - 01 May 15:57

Bitcoin fans, take note.

New Statesman
Think before you retweet: why the "scrounger spike" is illusory
By Declan Gaffney - 01 May 11:48

What happened between 2004 and 2010 is more people started writing about welfare.

New Statesman
Maybe we should start hoping for a recession to fix climate change
By Alex Hern - 01 May 9:17

America's on a hiding to nothing, and it's not much better here.

New Statesman
Unemployment up and inflation down in the eurozone
By Alex Hern - 30 April 13:06

ECB rate cuts expected

Bank of England mulls pay rise for its court
By Alex Hern - 30 April 8:48

"Just" £15,000 for three days work a month.

Foreign exchange platform puts the brakes on high-frequency traders
By Alex Hern - 29 April 8:21

EBS has changed its rules to discourage algobots.

Now is not the time to defend sweatshops
By Alex Hern - 26 April 17:31

Abstract arguments about the benefits of outsourcing have no place in defending criminal negligence, here or overseas.

Why Japan needs Abenomics and Bitcoin faces a lost century
By Alex Hern - 26 April 15:33

What do Japan's "lost decade" and the intractable problem facing bitcoin have in common? Deflation.

GDP may have risen, but the poorest fifth still lose out on £2,000 a year because of rising inequality
By Annie Quick - 26 April 10:46

What would Britain be like if the income distribution was the same as in 1977?

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