The Chancellor's approach could result in a higher than expected deficit.
Osborne's new tax cutting agenda could mean even bigger spending cuts
By George Eaton - 14 April 8:33

The Chancellor's new assumption that tax cuts significantly boost growth could result in a higher than expected deficit. 

Would shorter working hours boost productivity? Photo: Getty.
Why we should all be working less
By Sophie McBain - 10 April 13:18

France has introduced a new law to prevent employees being asked to read work emails outside office hours. Would it help solve the UK's productivity problem if we followed suit?

Housing in south London seen from above. Photo: Getty
Five signs the London property bubble is reaching unsustainable proportions
By Ed Conway - 03 April 9:27

It's not difficult to see that London is facing a house price bubble. It's harder to say when it might pop.

Is pay going up or down? Both, or neither, depending on the measure you use. Photo: Getty
Pay set is to go up, or down, or stay the same – it all depends on how you measure it

We are heading into a so-called “living standards election” – without accurate data on living standards. Different sides will be able to tell whatever story they want.

Pensions minister Steve Webb. Photo: Getty
How are the government going to build a pension system that works?
By David Pitt-Watson - 02 April 12:27

Most people want to “give their money away to someone whom they can trust will use it wisely to generate a income when they retire”.

We need not fear him. Photograph: Getty Images.
Learning to live with machines
By Raphael Gray - 26 March 11:30

We need to take the idea of a universal basic income seriously.

The Osborne audit: what have we learned?
By Robert Skidelsky - 17 March 12:10

Ahead of this week’s budget, the economic historian Robert Skidelsky examines how four years of austerity have affected Britain.

An open letter to outgoing CEO Euan Sutherland.
The Co-operative needs to set a higher standard
By Rowenna Davis - 12 March 15:22

An open letter to outgoing chief executive Euan Sutherland.

The underemployment crisis.
More jobs aren't enough - we need better jobs too
By Ed Sweeney - 11 March 11:30

For the majority of people, fair pay, flexible working patterns and genuine work-life balance remain an illusion.

nflation alone will ensure that the allowance rises to over £11.3k.
Why the Lib Dems' £12,500 tax allowance promise is a smaller pledge than it sounds
By Gavin Kelly - 11 March 9:35

Inflation alone will ensure that the allowance rises to over £11.3k and minimum wage workers will still be paying tax.

Kiev.
Investors hesitate as Ukraine teeters on the precipice
By Elizabeth Stephens - 26 February 10:55

In recent days Ukrainian bonds suffered the worst selloff on record and the stock index fell 2.8 per cent

Pretty houses. Getty Images
What hope is there for Generation Rent when a third of MPs are buy-to-let landlords?
By Rhiannon and Holly - 19 February 11:04

It’s no secret that, as far as the housing market goes, the millennial generation have been (and this is the technical term) royally screwed over.

Gender inequality is costing the global economy trillions of dollars a year
By Sophie McBain - 12 February 15:00

A UN report released today has found that progress made towards reducing poverty is at risk of being reversed because of widening inequality and a failure to strengthen women's rights.

Staying power: the seemingly exceptional economics of Japan
By Felix Martin - 06 February 6:02

2013 was the year the world’s financial markets suddenly became interested in Japan again.

Britain is not booming – the economy is still smaller than it was six years ago
By Felix Martin - 30 January 11:59

Making up the lost ground by 2020 would require the economy to grow at more than 5.5 per cent a year from now until then.

Where are Britain's selfless billionaires?
By Jonn Elledge - 28 January 14:50

Rich people in other countries demand they be required to pay higher taxes more often than you might think. So why doesn't Britain have a Warren Buffett or a Bill Gates, willing to pay a little bit more tax for everybody's benefit?

Will the MINT countries become the best place in the world to become a millionaire?
By Oliver Williams - 24 January 17:32

Economist Jim O'Neil has grouped Mexico, India, Nigeria and Turkey together as the economies most likely to explode over the next decade. But there are lessons to be learned from the BRICs - a rising tide does not lift all boats.

Larry Summers reminds Osborne that the UK economy is still smaller than before the crash
By George Eaton - 24 January 14:41

The former US treasury secretary points out to the Chancellor that while the US economy exceeded its pre-recession peak years ago, the UK is still catching up.

Elvetham Heath.
Five questions answered on the rise in UK home sales
By Heidi Vella - 17 January 18:00

Is this trend set to continue?

The economics of love: Following the heart, not the head
By Robert Skidelsky - 15 January 9:48

Humans move beyond the strictures of “homo economicus” – we are more than economic entities.

The coalition's over-optimism on tax avoidance could mean more tax rises or cuts
By Arthur Downing - 19 December 15:49

Ministers have pledged to fund policies like the extension of free school meals and the freeze in fuel duty through extra revenue from reducing avoidance. But HMRC is struggling.

A forgotten 300-year-old-solution to Alex Salmond's money problems
By Felix Martin - 12 December 14:47

Adam Smith or David Hume were no slouches when it came to economics but on the subject of monetary policy, the palm goes not to those superstars of the Scottish Enlightenment but to a man born a generation before them and much less well known.

We need investment, not cuts, to deal with our fiscal headaches
By Nida Broughton - 03 December 13:01

Rather than using the forecast structural surplus to pay down the national debt, the government should invest it in science, skills and childcare.

Austerity is recreating Disraeli’s 'two nations'
By John Low - 28 November 12:30

New research shows the cuts are biting deepest in the poorest areas in the north and Scotland, with worse to come.

The Tube.
A 24-hour Tube service is a great idea - but more can be done to improve London's infrastructure
By Alexander Jan - 26 November 17:09

Improvements to Tube are badly needed. Official projections show London’s population is growing by 2,000 every eight days. Getting more out of our existing infrastructure is essential to keeping London competitive and keeping its economy thriving.

New Statesman
Eight companies where executives are paid 1000 times more than employees
By Sophie McBain - 25 November 15:17

Research by Bloomberg reveals the extent of the pay gap between executives and employees at 250 companies.

The failure of Help to Buy 1: homes aren't being built where they're most needed
By Nida Broughton - 22 November 11:05

London is set to see the highest growth in households, but only around 5% of new builds were in this area.

Why we need Help to Build, not Buy
By George Eaton - 21 November 14:26

The public recognises what too many politicians do not; that a mass Macmillan-style programme of housebuilding is the only solution to the housing crisis.

To tackle personal debt we need to tackle inequality first
By Duncan Exley - 20 November 16:38

An inequality test should be applied to all government policies to assess whether they will increase the gap between the richest and the rest.

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