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Archived Since:June 7, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Have we reached peak TV?

Gady Epstein, our media editor, discusses the rise of Netflix and whether the TV industry is sowing the seeds of its own demise by producing too many shows. Soumaya Keynes tells us what countries can do to increase their Olympic gold-medal haul. And finally, our finance correspondent talks about a new plan for Italy's ailing banks.

Improve your life by making huge decisions with a coin toss

FACING a difficult decision? Toss a coin. It will change your life. This is the message from a new working paper, by Steven Levitt of the University of Chicago (the Freakonomist), which suggests people are too cautious for their own good.

The bitter, political fight to create a new macroeconomics

THE big debates in macroeconomics have never been polite. I suppose it's understandable that this is the case; after all, the stakes are high. Tyler Cowen excerpts a new blog post by Scott Sumner, which reads: …what’s happened since 2009 involves not just one, but at least five new types of voodoo: 1.

Treks and hikes

Henry Curr talks about the annual meeting of central bankers in Jackson Hole and why they are discussing a change to inflation targeting. And Soumaya Keynes and Ryan Avent round-up the best economic blogs this month - how does the sharing economy impact niceness? Andrew Palmer hosts.

Strong jobs growth will tempt the Fed to make an error

IT IS morning in America as, according to the newest figures from the Bureau of Labour Statistics, the economy added 255,000 new jobs in July, after a red hot June in which payrolls rose by 292,000.

The great wall of Trump

Buttonwood columnist Philip Coggan hosts as Callum Williams explains how the Bank of England is trying to stimulate lending. Adam Roberts checks in on the health of Silvio Berlusconi's business empire. And, US data journalist Wade Zhou investigates the costs of Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico

The Fed is rethinking one thing too many

OFFICIALS at the Federal Reserve, a few of them anyway, seem to be rethinking their views of the economy in some dramatic ways. In a new blog post, however, Ben Bernanke suggests that Fed watchers shouldn't overstate the radicalism of the intellectual evolution within the Fed.

Stressed out banks

On this show we focus on vulnerabilities in the banking sector. Kevin Rodgers, author of Why Aren't They Shouting?, tells us why the technological advances that were once a boon for finance are now a source of instability.

Bigger budget deficits in America: the crazy policy or the sane one?

THIS week, Democrats are meeting in Philadelphia to nominate Hillary Clinton as their candidate for the presidency. In between the speeches, party business, musical acts and other convention agenda items, the party has been airing short, funny little videos, starring former members of Barack Obama's economic team.

Luring financial firms to Luxembourg

Pierre Gramegna, Luxembourg's finance minister, talks to host Andrew Palmer about how his country aims to thrive post-Brexit, and how it intends to improve tax transparency in the wake of the LuxLeaks scandal.

A coup de grâce for the Turkish economy?

Finance editor Edward McBride is joined by Simon Rabinovitch, who has delved into the history of coups to find out how attempts to overthrow a government can disrupt economic growth. And, an investigation into why the banking systems of some of Africa's largest economies are lurching towards crisis

China’s economy: Strong, but for how long?

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How to bounce back from Brexit

Edward McBride, Finance editor, investigates how badly leaving the EU might hurt the British economy, and what can be done to limit the damage. Also, Natasha Loder explains how Theranos left investors in the lurch, and we hear why some European firms are rushing to build expensive new headquarters.

What is the best way to redistribute income?

ECONOMISTS have two contradictory impulses when analysing policy. The first is to ignore its effects on the distribution of income or wealth, and argue that policymakers should shoot for efficiency and worry about redistribution later. This instinct often surfaces in discussion of policies like carbon taxes.

British economy policy is not helping those at the bottom

WHAT should the new chancellor, Philip Hammond, do? Some sort of fiscal boost seems likely in light of Britain's slowing economy. Much of the talk has been about infrastructure: Stephen Crabb, who challenged Thereas May for the prime-ministership, proposed a £100 billion to fund it.

Why talk of the pound hitting a 30-year low is a bit misleading

SINCE Britain’s referendum on June 23rd, journalists and economists have spent much time gawping at the awful financial fallout. However, Brexiteers have jumped on anyone whom they think is exaggerating the economic impact of the decision to Leave (just read the comments on any of our articles).

Italian banks are the new Brexit

Saddled with too many bad debts, Italy's banks have the potential to drag Europe into yet another crisis. The country's prime minister, Matteo Renzi, may defy EU rules and bail them out.

Everything is not ok

A WEEK ago, as news of the vote in favour of Brexit sunk in, global markets tumbled. In the space of two days, the S&P 500 dropped more than 4%, while Britain’s FTSE 250 fell about 10%. But then, strikingly, equity prices reversed themselves. The S&P 500 is now higher than it was before the vote.

Can you identify any impact of Brexit on the economy?

A PROBLEM facing economists is that it won't be possible to assess the macroeconomic impact of the Brexit vote for quite some time. The official estimate of GDP growth in the third quarter of this year will not be published until late October.

Brexit bedlam

Brexit shook global financial markets so hard that some saw parallels with the financial crisis of 2008. Through all the economic and political uncertainties, the vote will fundamentally change Britain and Europe.

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