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.

Bank of England.
Bank of England forecasts move more than credibility demands
By Nick Beecroft - 20 November 11:58

The Bank is still underestimating the strength of the recovery - and its latest report, puzzlingly, contained large changes to its expectations for both unemployment and inflation.

Don't celebrate too soon, this recovery is dangerously unsustainable
By David Blanchflower - 06 November 16:41

The increase in growth has been driven by rising consumer debt and reverse austerity. Investment and wages remain stagnant.

Britain’s economy is now beholden to big finance
The financialisation of everyday life must be confronted
By Costas Lapavitsas - 01 November 11:02

Unless we can reverse this financialisation and create a healthier basis for growth, the prospects for working people look grim.

New Statesman
Will the world's wine supplies run dry?
By Sophie McBain - 29 October 14:50

According to research released this month by Morgan Stanley, global wine production is decreasing, but we’re guzzling more and more of the stuff.

New Statesman
We could fix our economy by giving every man, woman and child £6,000 in cash
By Mehdi Hasan - 25 October 14:47

It's hard to believe in the economy's so-called recovery when 2.5m remain unemployed and 1.5m are stuck in part-time jobs because they can't find full-time work. So how do we get growth beyond the Square Mile?

Coalition in good policy shock: Getting empty homes back on the market
By Jonn Elledge - 25 October 13:30

Last year, there were more than 700,000 homes in England standing empty. Finally, something is being done about it.

New Statesman
Robo-trading: the superfast stockbroking strategy that affects your retirement funds
By Simon Chapman - 24 October 15:01

Advocates of HFT argue that it provides additional liquidity and so narrows the gap between buying and selling prices. Yet when market conditions turn adverse, HFT firms can switch off their robo-traders and then liquidity vanishes – as we saw in the “fla

New Statesman
Meet the most powerful woman in banking
By David Blanchflower - 24 October 14:58

Yellen is a distinguished academic, especially known for her work on unemployment. She has even written about out-of-wedlock child-rearing, gang behaviour and the brain drain; she cares about the real world and her work involves careful analysis of behavi

New Statesman
These are the most average homes in London: can you afford them?
By Ian Steadman - 22 October 10:36

House prices in London continue to rise far too quickly, with the effect of steadily reducing the quality of "average" housing.

New Statesman
Help to Buy will inflate another housing bubble
By New Statesman - 17 October 15:09

One major part of the scheme, hurriedly brought forward by three months in an attempt to counter Labour’s populist announcements, is potentially toxic.

New Statesman
Why the future will be unfair
By Sophie McBain - 10 October 14:57

An economist argues that the US needs to start looking at inequality (as, indeed, do other developed economies) in a more dispassionate and analytical way.

New Statesman
With or without Ed Miliband’s energy price freeze, the lights could soon start going out
By Felix Martin - 10 October 13:13

The recent summary of the United Nations report on climate change, published on 27 September, only re-emphasised the urgency of the world taking action on emissions.

New Statesman
The mystery services you pay for and aren't allowed to know about
By Jonn Elledge - 04 October 10:20

There is a vast range of stuff involving taxpayers’ money that taxpayers aren’t actually allowed to know. Why?

New Statesman
Leader: Labour has a bold economic programme but can it win the people’s trust?
By New Statesman - 03 October 15:33

Mr Miliband has reminded us again of his talents as a rhetorician but it is his party’s conduct in the next year that will determine whether he is rewarded with the chance to serve.

New Statesman
Disabled and on the Work Programme: "Cold calling companies for 8 to 16 hours a week"
By Frances Ryan - 03 October 11:52

"Life is already extremely limited for me, but with the pressure of the Work Programme, I've just felt a lot more hopeless – about either getting a job or just feeling happy and well again."

Osborne may gloat about recovery, but his “hard slog” will leave Britain worse off
By Robert Skidelsky - 30 September 8:42

The recovery of the British economy, which started under Labour, was aborted in 2010.

New Statesman
Are there too many people?
By Felix Martin - 26 September 8:47

Whatever the answer, we need a population policy.

New Statesman
Nick Pearce: Why the left is wrong on welfare
By New Statesman - 19 September 9:55

Can the left learn from the right?

New Statesman
Meet the man who wants total unemployment for all human beings in the world
By Michael Brooks - 19 September 8:45

Hugh Loebner is offering researchers $100,000 to develop a computer that thinks like a human. But is that really the best use of artificial intelligence?

New Statesman
Europe’s debt mountains, Osborne’s Plan B and turning Greece into a debtors’ prison
By Vicky Pryce - 19 September 8:09

Vicky Pryce on UKIP's respectable friends and Prisonomics.

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