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The link between pro-austerity and anti-Brexit

Lithuanians defend their austerity programme and are mystified by the possibility of Brexit

Emerging market déjà vu

COMMODITIES, emerging markets and inflation expectations may all have reached a turning point. Is it 1999 all over again? And we explore whether China's strategic ambitions in Africa are overstated

Single and ready to spend

UNMARRIED women are becoming an increasingly potent economic force and we check in with the author of our Special report on business in Africa

How Russia Bounced back from the Oil Crash

THE agile response of the Russian Central bank to the oil crisis caught many off guard; so, how did the organs of Russian finance weather the crash? And, as the Panama papers threaten global tax havens, where should privacy end and transparency begin?

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

THE CEO of the London Stock Exchange, Xavier Rolet, talks to Anne McElvoy and Philip Coggan about the proposed merger of London's historic stock exchange and Deutsche Börse. Would it create a more globally powerful institution – or add more risk to to the financial system?

The Panama evasion

THE leak of a huge trove of documents from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm, creates an uproar about the shell companies that many of the super-rich use to hide their wealth. The row, which has ensnared politicians from Iceland to China, will strengthen the push to curb international tax evasion and money-laundering

Which universities deliver the best "feelgood" experience?

Audio and Video content on requires a browser that can handle iFrames. 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. Show More Summary

The problem with profits

THIS WEEK: What too much profit at the top means for America and how billionaires in emerging countries are riding the waves of economic growth

Longer jail sentences do deter crime, but only up to a point

DO CRIMINALS trade short-term gain for long-term pain? Economists have long suspected that those who commit crimes place less value on the future than law-abiding citizens. But they have mostly struggled to find hard evidence that criminals think about sentence lengths at all. Show More Summary

If the Fed wants more inflation, it should say so

SOMEWHAT surprisingly, inflation has been picking up in America in recent months. Not in any worrying way; indeed, the Fed's preferred gauge of inflation, the price index for personal consumption expenditures, remains below the 2% target, as it has done for most of the last four years. Show More Summary


THIS WEEK: What a study about promotions in China might say about the country's GDP data, and stormy waters ahead for asset managers

Removing the tampon tax is good politics, but what about the economics?

THE BRITISH government currently slaps a 5% Value Added Tax (VAT) on sanitary products. But some view the “tampon tax” as an affront to women, who have little choice but to bear the burden of the levy. The government has been prevented from reducing the rate to zero by EU rules, which limit how much countries can lower VAT rates on some goods. Show More Summary

Britain's budget

ANNE MCELVOY asks our Britain economics correspondent, Callum Williams, to assess George Osborne's 2016 fiscal blueprint and its chances of success

Bitcoin lessons

THE DIGITAL CURRENCY was created to challenge existing financial institutions, but may end up helping bankers

Lloyd Shapley, a Nobel Laureate in Economics, has died

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

The real intergenerational inequity

BRITAIN'S millennials (those roughly between the ages of 18-34) are not doing very well. They have been hit from many different angles. The inflation-adjusted price of a house has risen by over 200% in thirty years. Cue falling home-ownership rates. Show More Summary

Heavy-metal China

OPTIMISM about China's economy has fuelled a resurgence of commodity prices from iron ore to oil. But how long will it last?


ONLY banks are allowed to hold deposits at the Bank of England. What if that privilege were extended to others? A new speech by Ben Broadbent, deputy governor of the Bank of England, tries to spell out the economics of opening up the bank’s balance-sheet. Show More Summary

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