If inflation is a bad thing, why is government policy designed to make us want more of it?
By Jonn Elledge - 12 September 7:59

Britain is awash with debt, while government policy encourages inflation. But theoretical inflation sorts a lot of stuff out, while actual inflation will hurt.

What Osborne won't admit: growth has increased because of slower cuts
By Jonathan Portes - 10 September 15:25

The Chancellor's claim that "the pace of fiscal consolidation has not changed" is not supported by any of the available data.

New Statesman
Jaguar to create 1,700 new jobs in Solihull
By New Statesman - 10 September 9:32

The British premium automaker introduces its first ever sports crossover concept vehicle.

Robots: not actually all that
By Alex Hern - 06 September 16:34

Maybe our tin-headed overlords will just become another set of tools on the job.

Shared ownership doesn't help most young people onto the housing market
By Alex Hern - 06 September 13:22

You need to be pretty lucky to make the most of it.

Man reading the newspaper.
Felix Martin: How the new economics outgrew the academies
By Felix Martin - 05 September 11:00

Reports of the death of popular economics turn out to have been greatly exaggerated, as two new books by Edmund Phelps, Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir, make clear.

Twelve steps to stop tax avoidance
By Chris Nicholas - 03 September 14:45

Tax avoidance is now endemic, with companies and the wealthy often paying derisory amounts of tax. Public anger has so far met with hollow rhetoric, handwringing and vested interest rationalisations. Robust steps to stamp it out are needed.

Wonga announces record profits – but should they have them?
By Carl Packman - 03 September 10:47

Carl Packman asks if we can be comfortable living in a country where Wonga makes millions.

New Statesman
UK manufacturing output rises in August
By New Statesman - 03 September 7:56

Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) reaches to a two-and-a-half year high of 57.2

Think tank slams Help to Buy: "government is the housing crisis"
By Alex Hern - 02 September 14:49

The Adam Smith Institute has accused the government of propping up the housing bubble.

New Statesman
British banks pay first tranche of £1bn compensation to Iceland savers
By New Statesman - 02 September 7:35

The compensation package will be paid in three installments of £363m.

Artwork by Nick Hayes.
Why does our service economy offer such bad service?
By Robert Skidelsky and Nan Craig - 30 August 8:21

How do you get a call centre to do anything for you that involves change, or taking responsibility? Robert Skidelsky and Nan Craig on the downsides of our overdependence on a service economy.

Crowdsourcing the unemployment rate
By Alex Hern - 28 August 14:55

What's inflation going to be? Wanna bet?

Economists: "Losing both parents sucks"
By Alex Hern - 27 August 16:21

Have you ever wondered whether losing both parents to a tragedy might be a bad thing or not? Well, economists did.

Why good news for GDP isn't necessarily good news for the Chancellor
By Nida Broughton - 23 August 15:15

The output gap is a strange and unpredictable beast, writes Nida Broughton.

A man climbs into his uncle's window.
Generation jobless: The worst youth unemployment crisis in European history should be blamed on its millionaires
By Danny Dorling - 22 August 11:00

At least 26 million unemployed people will be looking for work across Europe this summer, while in Britain, 2,400 bankers are earning over €1m a year - real pounds and euros that should be better spread out.

Riga.
In Latvia, Riga has become a ghost town
By Agata Pyzik - 22 August 10:10

The third-poorest country in the EU, Latvia punitive welfare conditions and the exclusion of Russian-speakers from surrounding nations has lead to a depopulation of 30,000 a year.

An unemployed mother with her children.
Jobless in Europe: The wretches of Spain
By George Eaton - 22 August 9:50

What kind of a social model is it that leaves half of young people out of work? George Eaton profiles Spain's employment woes.

New Statesman
A flap of a butterfly's wings to freeze the UK economy
By Paul Hodges - 21 August 17:44

The economy has been sailing smoothly this summer. But winter is coming…

A game to hammer home how broken London house prices are
By Alex Hern - 21 August 16:08

That'll be £150,000, if y… oh, you're in London? Make it £1.5m.

New Statesman
The personal debt bubble is fit to burst
By Carl Packman - 20 August 15:25

We're almost in Wongaland already, writes Carl Packman.

New Statesman
The picture that reveals the madness of the London housing market
By Caroline Crampton - 20 August 10:26

A “1 bedroom studio” in Highgate Village turns out to be little more than a garage with a shower in it.

Why Silk Road basically sells insurance and financial products, not drugs
By Alex Hern - 16 August 12:55

The world's biggest online drug marketplace is more like the world's biggest service company

Why isn't the government doing all it can to cut the deficit?
By Alex Hern - 16 August 9:51

There's a whole class of policies which could cut the deficit in the medium to long term, which the government is ignoring. It's a sign of how weak public debate has become.

Shale gas could frack up our manufacturing
By Julian Morgan - 15 August 15:32

Fracking won't help our industrial base, if the Dutch disease is anything to go by.

The proposed hyperloop.
The overhyped hyperloop: is Elon Musk's plan a superfast load of nonsense?
By Alex Hern - 15 August 11:27

The Hyperloop as pitched – as a $6bn project usefully linking two cities – can't exist. But the excitement around it could destroy any hopes for a workable Californian high speed rail link.

New Statesman
Unemployment flat at 7.8 per cent
By Alex Hern - 14 August 9:33

Employment rises by 0.1 percentage point to 71.5 per cent.

New Statesman
Facebook encourages 30,000 to become organ donors
By Alex Hern - 13 August 15:41

A nudge here, an organ there.

Android vulnerability hits Bitcoin apps and more
By Alex Hern - 13 August 7:57

When a random number is not so random, security pays the price

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