Mandelson's "search parties" are the sort of immigration policy the Mail should adore
By Alex Hern - 20 May 10:58

How do you make sure that migration helps? Pick and choose who you invite.

The Great Reckoning: Why the European ideal is under threat
By Mark Mazower - 19 May 9:32

The certainties that sustained notions of European unity and social solidarity are collapsing. The financial structures that formed the foundations of old Europe have warped and are destroying it. So, where next?

How two farm-boys-done-good could change the world
By Michael Brooks - 17 May 14:24

While everyone loves Commander Chris Hadfield, it's Iowan James Hansen who really needs the attention.

Artwork by Julie Cockburn
Creative destruction: our economic crisis was wholly predictable
By Robert Skidelsky - 17 May 12:53

Keynes, Hobson, Marx - and the crisis of capitalism.

The stereotypes used against Eastern Europe are as old as they are wrong
By Alan Anstead - 17 May 12:30

The tabloids are smearing Roma – but we've heard these myths before.

How social mobility got stuck
By Danny Dorling - 16 May 15:05

Britain's poor were absolutely and relatively better off until Thatcher was elected in 1979. Since then, the bottom half of society is worse off than it was in 1983.

Bitcoin lovers are lying to themselves - cash has never been king
By Felix Martin - 16 May 14:15

Felix Martin's "Real Money" column.

New Statesman
New browser plugin stops people bamboozling you with numbers
By Alex Hern - 16 May 8:45

Dictionary of Numbers provides that much needed context.

Greece & Germany: Things tend to get worse before they get more worse
By Left Outside - 15 May 9:58

Cutting your nose off to incentivise your face to implement much needed structural reforms.

France falls into triple-dip recession
By Alex Hern - 15 May 8:31

A bad end to a bad year for François Hollande.

Amazing colour footage of London in the 1920s
By Alex Hern - 13 May 16:29

"They built an arch of marble, and called it Marble Arch."

We need to talk about profit
By Alex Hern - 10 May 16:56

Accounting profit is necessary for publicly traded companies to survive; it's not a sign of extortion.

Improving motherhood means reducing inequality, not just poverty
By Duncan Exley - 08 May 16:13

The UK is a worse country in which to be a mother than many poorer nations, according to Save the Children.

The further you are from London, the more equal the cities are
By Alex Hern - 07 May 14:16

What is inequality on an urban level?

The safest place in economics is wherever Niall Ferguson isn't
By Alex Hern - 07 May 12:27

The historian isn't so hot when he's looking forwards in time.

New Statesman
Micro-level policy is sometimes the hardest to get right
By Alex Hern - 06 May 17:57

Our education system still funnels people towards universities.

Bogus psychometric tests for jobseekers were used without permission
By Alex Hern - 06 May 16:34

Questionnaire "had failed its scientific validation".

New Statesman
Osborne will struggle to debate the IMF head-on
By Alex Hern - 05 May 13:39

Without being able to turn to now-slain canards, the chancellor's arguments fall apart.

"Mega-canal" proposal distributed in Government
By Alex Hern - 04 May 13:38

Canal running from Pennines to London would transport goods, power and water.

Help to Buy won't bring a sub-prime crisis to Britain – but it does move us closer to one
By Preston Byrne - 04 May 12:26

Boosting house prices is a funny way to solve the housing crisis, writes Preston Byrne.

Over ten per cent of Britain's possible labour is wasted
By Alex Hern - 02 May 10:09

Combining underemployment and unemployment shows the output gap is much bigger than previously estimated.

Deflation in the tech industry
By Alex Hern - 01 May 15:57

Bitcoin fans, take note.

New Statesman
Think before you retweet: why the "scrounger spike" is illusory
By Declan Gaffney - 01 May 11:48

What happened between 2004 and 2010 is more people started writing about welfare.

New Statesman
Maybe we should start hoping for a recession to fix climate change
By Alex Hern - 01 May 9:17

America's on a hiding to nothing, and it's not much better here.

New Statesman
Unemployment up and inflation down in the eurozone
By Alex Hern - 30 April 13:06

ECB rate cuts expected

Bank of England mulls pay rise for its court
By Alex Hern - 30 April 8:48

"Just" £15,000 for three days work a month.

Foreign exchange platform puts the brakes on high-frequency traders
By Alex Hern - 29 April 8:21

EBS has changed its rules to discourage algobots.

Why Japan needs Abenomics and Bitcoin faces a lost century
By Alex Hern - 26 April 15:33

What do Japan's "lost decade" and the intractable problem facing bitcoin have in common? Deflation.