The most important question not asked at the presidential debate
By Alex Hern - 05 October 10:09

"Mr President, if they say 'cut back', will you say 'fight back'?"

Yet again, the UK government has sided with the robotraders on a Robin Hood Tax
By Simon Chouffot - 29 September 12:31

A financial transactions tax is the most economically efficient way to lessen the harm of HFT – but the government keeps fighting it.

Government's cowardice over council tax has left it in a mess
By Alex Hern - 26 September 12:35

When council tax bands have little to do with today's value, how can it replace a mansion tax?

Danny Alexander and Nick Clegg
A 20% wealth tax on the mega rich would raise up to £800bn
By Peter Tatchell - 25 September 10:37

If Nick Clegg is serious about introducing a wealth tax, here's how it could work.

Pegging benefits to wage inflation fails Macroeconomics 101
By Alex Hern - 24 September 9:15

It's all about countercyclical spending.

After austerity - what happens next?
By Gavin Kelly and Nick Pearce - 19 September 12:05

Labour has to show it has what it takes to govern through the fiscal vice that it will inherit.

The proposed site in Manchester that was announced in 2007 for the UK's first su
Fear of "super casinos" must not prevent us reforming gambling laws
By Christopher Snowdon - 18 September 8:51

The UK's outdated gambling legislation still needs updating.

Don't turn off the future
By Alastair Harper - 15 September 16:54

The green economy in Britain is thriving - so why are politicians so reluctant to talk about it?

Osborne prepares to admit defeat on debt reduction
By George Eaton - 12 September 9:56

The Chancellor will abandon his debt rule to prevent even deeper cuts.

Obama and – Bane? Bain? Romney. Obama and Romney.
Romney's Bain Capital under investigation for tax dodging
By Alex Hern - 03 September 12:58

New York's attorney-general starts examining private equity firms

What can Iceland teach us about a wealth tax?
By Margarida Madaleno - 29 August 15:59

The country instituted an emergency tax for three years to sort out its problems. Should we?

MIT academics propose carbon tax as the solution to America's deficit problems
By Alex Hern - 28 August 8:24

Compared to the fiscal cliff, a carbon tax would boost growth while cutting emissions.

Crackdown on crisis loans is simultaneously dystopian and Victorian
By Alex Hern - 22 August 15:47

Tesco-only crisis loans, and paternalism for the poor. Marvellous.

Bloomberg calls for a carbon tax
By Margarida Madaleno - 17 August 10:17

The financial newswire argues that such a tax could cut debt and cool the planet.

Germans propose a one-off wealth tax to pay down the debt
By Margarida Madaleno - 16 August 14:11

Hardline deficit hawks sometimes make surprising moves.

George Osborne
How to lose friends and alienate economists
By George Eaton - 15 August 13:50

In February 2010, a group of 20 economists endorsed George Osborne’s deficit-reduction plan. Today, many of them are deeply disillusioned with the Chancellor – so we asked them how they see things now.

Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan on Europe
By Alex Hern - 15 August 9:23

Compared to Ryan's budgets, Cameron's coalition looks positively profligate.

Privatisation slows down worldwide
By Alex Hern - 13 August 14:30

Has the money lost heart, or is it the bureaucrats?

Paul Ryan is the Republicans' "ideas man". Shame his ideas are nonsense
By Alex Hern - 13 August 9:49

To achieve his plan, Ryan would have to enact spending cuts which are "beyond draconian".

France also introduced a financial non-transactions tax last month
By Alex Hern - 09 August 12:05

It's not just a 0.2 per cent Robin Hood tax which Hollande introduced.

Chancellor George Osborne and Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Why we should hope the UK loses its AAA rating
By George Eaton - 06 August 9:12

It would expose the myth that the market punishes higher borrowing.

US Senate does something unbelievable: passes a bill
By Alex Hern - 26 July 10:52

Taxmaggedon's not averted, but the competition is on fair ground

Britain is not bust. It is rich and could get even richer – here’s how
By Jonathan Portes - 25 July 15:15

We are not doomed to slow growth or indefinite fiscal austerity.

IMF: “A plague on both your houses”
By Ian Mulheirn - 20 July 16:59

Funded stimulus will take real political leadership to pull off.

The IMF has debunked the myth of Osborne's fiscal "credibility"
By Jonathan Portes - 20 July 10:05

Slowing the cuts would not trigger a bond market revolt.

Coca Cola present the Olympic torch relay at Glasgow
Coca Cola decides to pay their Olympic taxes
By Anna Lezard - 18 July 17:05

Coca Cola takes a lead from McDonald's.