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How to be fair to the pro-EU Scotland

ALEX SALMOND, the ex-leader of the Scottish National Party, has floated an interesting idea: could Scotland "inherit" Britain's EU membership, now that there has been a vote to leave? In the referendum Scotland turned out to be very pro-EU, whereas most of the rest of Britain leant towards Brexit.

Is CEO pay out of control?

Edward McBride brings in business affairs editor Andrew Palmer to reflect on the ever growing pay packets of company bosses.

Fed officials try to understand why they cannot keep raising rates

FOUR times a year the meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, the Federal Reserve board that sets monetary policy, concludes with a special flourish: a press conference, and the publication of the members’ economic projections...

Are asset managers worth the money?

Edward McBride brings in Philip Coggan to get to the bottom of asset management fees. And, data journalists Dan Rosenheck and Wade Zhou excavate the numbers behind the numbers in the world of Broadway musicals.

The fiscal-devolution deal to Scotland is very generous

IT HAS now been two weeks since Scotland got control over income tax, the so-called Scottish Rate of Income Tax (or SRIT). Under this deal, Scotland has put in its own 10p rate of tax, and Westminster has reduced what it takes from Scotland by 10p.

Should the London stock exchange be part of a mega-merger?

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The Economist was cautious about Britain joining the euro

I WAS asked yesterday in a radio interview about the Treasury's report, published on Monday, which predicted a sharp recession if Britain votes to leave the EU. My opponent in that debate dismissed my view on the grounds that The Economist had advocated Britain joining the euro back in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

America’s central bank picks a poor time to get hawkish

THE members of the Federal Reserve's monetary-policy making committee have been desperate to hike rates, often, for most of the past year. They were keen to begin hiking in September, but were put off when market volatility threatened to undermine the American recovery.

Bailout in Brussels

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Do British housing markets suffer from market failure?

IT IS OFTEN said that London is becoming a city just for the rich, particularly as far as housing is concerned. This sweeping statement means different things to different people, and it is actually quite hard to marshal evidence showing that this is indeed the case.

The link between pro-austerity and anti-Brexit

IN RECENT years one of the most divisive issues in economics has been whether or not you see the Baltics as a success. When the financial crisis hit they decided to pursue what the IMF called "unprecedented fiscal and nominal-wage adjustment", in an attempt to preserve their currency pegs with the euro.

Trade in the time of low interest rates

CHINA is sitting atop a glut of gluts. The massive amounts of industrial capacity built to enable the speedy development of the Chinese economy is increasingly idle in the face of a slowdown and transition to services within the maturing behemoth.

Which universities deliver the best “feelgood” experience?

THERE is no shortage of college rankings, nor rankings that tell you what you already know. Ivy League colleges are prestigious and selective. Graduates of business schools tend to do well, and skilled engineers are in high demand.

Lloyd Shapley, a Nobel laureate in economics, has died

LLOYD Shapley, who won the Nobel prize for economics in 2012, died on March 12th at the grand old age of 92. He might not have been too pleased about being memorialised on this economics blog; after winning the prize he said "I consider myself a mathematician and the award is for economics.

Banks brace for Brexit

ALREADY under pressure to cut costs, banks are reluctant to spend on contingency plans. But leaving the EU could turn their business upside down. Patrick Lane, banking editor, reports. Also, Soumaya Keynes asks: how many workers are at risk of being replaced by machines?

Regulating the digital economy

HOW should digital platforms like Google and Facebook be regulated? And quinoa has impressed everyone from Oprah to the United Nations but is quinoa competition putting farmers in Bolivia and Peru out of business?

America’s central bank picks a poor time to get hawkish

The Federal Reserve suggests a rate rise might be coming sooner than markets think, despite low inflation and a weak global economy

Bailout in Brussels

The Eurozone thinks it can realise the next slice of a Greek bailout; and does the quest for affordable housing trump the right to a holiday home?

Do British housing markets suffer from market failure?

As the price of land continues to rise, housebuilders target the rich

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