New Statesman
Even after Thatcher, the Conservatives never learned the benefits of redistribution
By Alex Hern - 10 April 12:38

Sometimes you want to make everyone better off, not just the rich.

We need to enable welfare contribution, not just enforce it
By Kate Bell and Declan Gaffney - 09 April 10:29

Is there a place for the contributory principle in the 21st century?

New Statesman
The Government traps itself in a generational war
By Alex Hern - 08 April 15:42

AME must be cut, but if pensions are protected, then working-age people will be hit.

Portugal panics as Supreme Court squashes austerity
By Alex Hern - 08 April 12:08

Health and education budgets slashed to fill the black hole.

New Statesman
"Troubled families tsar" admits there aren't 120,000 troubled families
By Alex Hern - 08 April 10:33

Families in trouble are not the same as families causing trouble.

70 per cent of the cost of cutting the personal allowance goes to the richest half of society
By Alex Hern - 05 April 14:36

Income tax is quite progressive; better to cut VAT or council tax.

Draghi, annotated
By Alex Hern - 05 April 11:34

What the ECB president was <em>really</em> thinking.

Why is the price of gold not soaring?
By Nick Beecroft - 05 April 10:04

Here’s why it should be.

Japan announces "quantitative and qualitative easing"
By Alex Hern - 04 April 12:23

¥135trn of government bonds will be bought by the central bank.

PMI week: UK headed for slight growth in Q1 2013
By Alex Hern - 04 April 10:42

Services sector saves the day.

What will be the effect of Bulgarian and Romanian migration to the UK?
By Dr Heather Rolfe - 04 April 10:05

A new report from NIESR tackles the question in-depth.

Deutsche Bank alleged to have hid losses in 2007-09. Good?
By Alex Hern - 04 April 8:30

The effects of what's being alleged are far from simple.

Amid the fury, the closure of the social fund is a quiet tragedy
By Carl Packman - 03 April 12:35

This government, the most radical in recent times, is laughing at us, writes Carl Packman

What does it mean to make work pay?
By Helen Barnard - 03 April 10:42

Increasing the amount of better quality jobs in the UK is key to addressing low pay.

Iain Duncan Smith: "Been there, done that" on £53 a week. He hasn't
By Alex Hern - 03 April 8:27

IDS used the welfare state in his youth, and now he's pulling the ladder up behind him.

New Statesman
Bitcoin is in hyperdeflation
By Alex Hern - 02 April 13:01

Bubble or not, the underpinnings of Bitcoin pose problems to its use as a popular currency.

When copyright rules lead to wasted innovation
By Alex Hern - 02 April 11:42

Aereo is undoubtedly innovative. But it's a waste of effort nonetheless.

PMI week: Europe's getting wrecked
By Alex Hern - 02 April 10:11

If a rising tide floats all boats, then Europe is trapped in a whirlpool.

Government lays groundwork for slashing minimum wage
By Alex Hern - 02 April 8:49

The Government has instructed the Low Pay Commission to consider the impact of the minimum wage on “employment and the economy”.

New Statesman
So, Iain Duncan Smith thinks he could live on £53 a week
By Alex Hern - 01 April 11:46

That's just half the cost of his bluetooth headset.

On April 28, the Government will start borrowing more to borrow less
By Alex Hern - 01 April 10:44

With Universal Credit, the Government is trying to invest in the future. Why can't it do that elsewhere?

Ben Bernanke
What should economists and policy makers learn from the financial crisis?
By Charlotte Simmonds - 31 March 9:22

Ben Bernanke, Mervyn King, Larry Summers, Olivier Blanchard and Axel A. Weber talk at the LSE about the lessons of the crash.

7 pictures of lonely journalists hoping for a Cypriot bank run
By Martha Gill - 28 March 9:27

The bank run probably won't happen, but capital controls might stay for a while.

Food stamps are just capital controls for poor people
By Alex Hern - 27 March 12:07

If you want to introduce higher prices for poor people, at least do it openly.

Growth estimate stays firm at -0.3 per cent
By Alex Hern - 27 March 10:07

Consumption increased by 0.4%.

New Statesman
The public sector deficit through the looking-glass
By Peter Kenway - 26 March 16:44

The government is ignoring the flip side of the its deficit reduction targets: they require us all to spend more.