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.

GDP may have risen, but the poorest fifth still lose out on £2,000 a year because of rising inequality
By Annie Quick - 26 April 10:46

What would Britain be like if the income distribution was the same as in 1977?

How the Taliban is having a chilling effect on the Pakistani election
By Samira Shackle - 25 April 16:09

As the country gears up for its first ever democratic transition, the secular liberal parties have been threatened into silence.

Amazon lobbies to pay more tax in the US
By Alex Hern - 25 April 15:33

Yes, you read that right.

GDP grows by 0.3 per cent
By Alex Hern - 25 April 9:31

The ONS figures show stagnation is still the name of the game.

If you're under 45, you'll see climate change's effects in person
By Alex Hern - 24 April 13:39

We're still caught up in a 1980s mindset.

Krugman's uncanny accuracy shows why more eyes should be on Japan
By Alex Hern - 24 April 10:17

Abenomics is more that just a Japanese story.

Politics muddies the waters of Scotland and the pound
By Alex Hern - 23 April 16:46

It's simple, until it's not.

Revealed: why the deficit actually rose today
By George Eaton - 23 April 10:45

Strip out all special factors and total borrowing was £400m higher in 2012-13 than in the previous year.

The Treasury select committee is deeply unimpressed by Osborne's Help To Buy scheme
By Helen Lewis - 20 April 16:24

The plan to help first-time buyers is "very much a work in progress", say Andrew Tyrie and colleagues.

Fitch agency downgrades UK credit rating from AAA to AA+
By Helen Lewis - 20 April 8:56

More trouble for "downgraded Chancellor" George Osborne.

Wanted: a Secretary of State for Infrastructure
By Alexander Jan - 19 April 15:13

After some neglect, the UK is ramping up investment in its economic infrastructure. A Minister for Infrastructure should now lead the charge, writes Alexander Jan.

Ireland imposes strict new limits on spending of debtors
By Alex Hern - 19 April 13:14

€247.04 a month for food.

EU cap-and-trade system left to die by EU parliament
By Alex Hern - 19 April 9:02

The ETS is dead, long live climate change.

Unemployment up, real wages way down
By Alex Hern - 17 April 12:49

The squeeze is still very much in effect.

Statistic cited to defend austerity partially based on Excel error
By Alex Hern - 17 April 10:59

How bad did Reinhart and Rogoff get it?

IMF: Britain should consider "flexibility" in Plan A
By Alex Hern - 16 April 16:10

"Consideration should be given to greater near-term flexibility in the fiscal adjustment path."

Former MPC member Posen: Forward guidance no substitute for policy
By Alex Hern - 16 April 14:43

This is not the hope you're looking for.

Social care for the elderly will be the first to go in the council cuts
By Joe Manning - 16 April 12:26

What could replace it? "Adopt-a-granny" schemes, or a National Care Service, maybe.

The risks of imprecision
By Alex Hern - 16 April 11:56

When being half-right can be worse than being wrong.

IDS cites "personal observations" to defend junk statistic
By Alex Hern - 15 April 14:33

"Three generations of worklessness": still not that common.

The plunging price of gold is an expression of hope by the markets
By Alex Hern - 15 April 11:12

Gold is the ultimate hedge against bad stuff. If people are selling it, maybe things aren't so bad.

Thatcher's economic legacy
By Ann Pettifor and Douglas Coe - 15 April 9:15

Margaret Thatcher's economic legacy was prompted by the 1976 Labour government's capitulation to the IMF – but she took it much further.

BOOM and bust.
What's bitcoin's future?
By Alex Hern - 12 April 16:09

A lot of booms and busts until it dies for good.

Labour peer and former transport secretary Andrew Adonis.
Adonis's review should galvanise the North East and its neighbours
By Ed Cox - 12 April 11:56

While the coalition dithers on its growth strategy, the Labour peer has set out precisely the rebalancing the nation needs to recover from the crash.

Watch the origin of money playing out in real-time in Cyprus
By Alex Hern - 10 April 16:11

Credit-backed money could be passed around the nation after the implementation of capital controls.

New Statesman
Even after Thatcher, the Conservatives never learned the benefits of redistribution
By Alex Hern - 10 April 12:38

Sometimes you want to make everyone better off, not just the rich.

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