Land of opportunity: the developed world has allowed the poor to get poorer while the super-rich flourish
Capitalism was supposed to signal the end of poverty. What went wrong?
By David Aaronovitch - 13 November 10:00

David Aaronovitch reviews new books about wealth and inequality by Linda Tirado, John Kampfner and Danny Dorling. 

Post-crash solutions: Ford's latest crash test technology, March 2014. Photo: Getty
Crash test dummies: a call for bold economic reform
By Felix Martin - 30 October 9:00

When it comes to solutions to our post-crisis problems, Martin Wolf argues, the first step is to jettison the straitjacket of mainstream economics – and this he proceeds to do.

A boat with refugees. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Why does the UK now oppose funding search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean?
By Tim Wigmore - 28 October 12:17

Political expediency trumps the needs of the most desperate.

Acknowledging over-optimism: Christine Lagarde, MD of the IMF at a CNN debate in Washington DC. Photo: Getty
The “New Mediocre” – and why the eurozone may be sliding back into recession
By Felix Martin - 23 October 10:00

Something seems to have gone structurally wrong with all of the advanced economies: their ailment is chronic, not acute.

The Mount Pleasant sorting office in London, shortly to become “buy to leave” flats. Photo: Getty
If he thinks £2,800 a month in rent is “affordable”, Boris Johnson must be from the Planet Zog
By Helen Lewis - 14 October 11:30

Offering sky-high “affordable” rents instead of building more social housing is absurd. For the younger generations locked out of buying, the consequences are catastrophic.

Mariana Mazzucato, winner of the inaugural prize.
Mariana Mazzucato wins the New Statesman SPERI prize for political economy
By New Statesman - 06 October 12:00

Mazzucato wins the inaugural prize for her work on the “entrepreneurial state” and innovation in the public sector.

A married couple show off their rings. Photo: Getty
Why do we still believe that divorce leaves men worse off than women?
By Glosswitch - 30 September 11:51

The myth of the “poor ex-husband” persists, even though the evidence shows that women and children are too often the victims of post-divorce inequality.

Women still do the majority of work in the home, despite now also being “allowed” to do paid (“male”) work. Photo: Getty
Why you should leave work on time today
By Glosswitch - 24 September 11:49

As part of National Work-Life Balance Week, we’re all being encouraged only to work our contracted hours today. But what if you don’t want a “work-life balance”, you just want a life?

No escape from Mammon? London is increasing in power as a money magnet but we are not planning for more people with better quality of life. Image: Cityscape Digital
The London problem: has the capital become too dominant?
By Danny Dorling - 04 September 9:28

The dominance of the capital threatens to choke the life from the rest  of the United Kingdom. We must act before it is too late

French President François Hollande. Photo: Getty
Where has the French Left gone?
By Myriam Francois-Cerrah - 03 September 12:09

The recent dissolution of the government reflects the increasing pressure on Hollande to turn around a dire economic outlook.

One in seven families with disabled children are going without meals. Photo: Getty
Indignation at stories of “rejected” disabled children masks the harm done by government cuts
By Frances Ryan - 26 August 17:09

Cases like that of “Baby Gammy” or the adoptive mother who allegedly turned down a baby because it was born with a disability are welcome distractions from the bigger, deeper problems faced by parents and disabled children under austerity.

Female professionals earn 35% less than male colleagues
By Lucy Fisher - 19 August 10:00

Women now face worse gender pay discrimination during the second half of their careers.

Many Iraqis fled from Mosul when Isis swept in, but why have some supported the group?
Why is there Sunni Arab support for Isis in Iraq?
By Lucy Fisher - 15 August 11:30

Attempts to understand the success of Isis in Iraq would benefit from Marxist analysis, since social and economic factors are the key to explaining Sunni Arab support for, and complicity with, the group.

We need to reform regressive taxes, not progressive ones.
The Lib Dems' tax cut plans won't help the poorest
By Tim Stacey - 14 August 17:12

We need to reform regressive taxes, not progressive ones. 

GDP may be rising, but wage growth is at its lowest level on record. There is no recovery for most voters.
Falling wages show why the Tories aren't benefiting from the return of growth
By George Eaton - 13 August 10:32

GDP may be rising, but wage growth is at its lowest level on record. There is no recovery for most voters. 

Putin is in international disgrace - the west must make him feel it
Any financial loss to Britain mustn’t obscure the aim of sanctions on Russia
By Robert Macquarie - 04 August 13:19

The cost of recent economic sanctions will be felt in the west, but it’s a cost we can – and should – withstand. 

Cameron's crackdown on migrant benefits is too little, too late to help him
By Lucy Fisher - 31 July 16:38

Has the government's series of changes to European rules been too slow, and too limited, to convince the public that Britain should remain in the EU?

A mourner grieves for her relative, missing and presumed dead, at the scene of the April 24 Rana Plaza garment building collapse.
Matalan have bowed to pressure over Rana Plaza, but the campaign goes on
By Jim Murphy and Alison McGovern - 31 July 15:32

The campaign to aid victims hit by the collapse of the Rana Plaza clothing factory last year has produced results, but decent working conditions for all is still a long way off.

Two Britains: a gulf separates the poor from the "squeezed but safe". Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters
Life after crash: why have hard times made us harsher?
By Tom Clark - 30 July 15:00

In contrast to previous recessions, after Lehman Brothers crashed the belief that excessive benefits bred indolence spread. This view was endorsed by 61 per cent by 2009. 

Mortgage repayments could double for some London homeowners if rates rise.
Homeowners beware: Boris’s vision for the London economy
By Andrew Dismore - 25 July 11:49

What would a rate rise mean for Londoners? London Labour Assembly member Andrew Dismore warns homeowners of soaring mortgage repayments, defaults and repossessions.

If sex work is work, then sex workers are workers. Photo: Getty
Sex work is work: exploding the “sex trafficking” myth
By Margaret Corvid - 07 July 16:45

With the freedom to work, organise and fight, sex workers will end coercion in the trade.

The Gezi Park protests drew millions on to the streets of Turkey's cities. Photo: Getty
Rise (and fall) of “the rest”: what China, India, Brazil and Turkey tell us about the world today
By Ian Bremmer - 04 July 11:15

Given that developing countries face vastly different challenges with vastly different capacities to respond, we must stop thinking of them as members of a single club.

It's Grim Up North: Newcastle's Tyne Bridge in 1928
When it comes to arts spending, it’s London vs the rest of the UK
By Beth Lambert - 02 July 18:33

In the latest arts budget, 47 per cent of spending will go to London-based organisations – why does the capital’s cultural excellence have to come at the expense of projects everywhere else?

Private sector job creation in London versus the rest of the UK: confusion over the facts
Sorting fact from fiction: jobs in London vs. rest of UK
By Lucy Fisher - 01 July 13:18

Labour is claiming today that 8 out of 10 new private sector jobs created since 2010 have been in London; the Tories say 3 out of 4 of them have been created outside the capital. Which is it?

Chancellor George Osborne
Merging income tax and NIC: the Chancellor's calculations
By Lucy Fisher - 30 June 11:07

The proposed plan could increase pressure for tax cuts and undermine the contributory principle.

Illustration by Sonia Roy/Colagene.com
Fishing with dynamite: the big competition myth
By Margaret Heffernan - 26 June 10:00

Is it time to relinquish fantasies of winning in exchange for the greater prize of shared progress?

No matter the political situation, it's always the economics that triumphs in the end. Photo: Getty
The best currency for an independent Scotland would be Norway’s kronor
By Piotr Marek Jaworski - 18 June 17:10

If Scotland votes for independence, it will create a completely different economic context for the two new countries that emerge.

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