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Filed Under:Business & Finance / Economics
Posts on Regator:5651
Posts / Week:16.9
Archived Since:June 7, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Important, shocking, but lacking

UNICEF, a branch of the United Nations, has just released an interesting report on child poverty during the Great Recession. The report’s results have been reported widely and are distressing. It shows that since 2008 2.6 million children in rich countries have sunk below the poverty line. Show More Summary

A mixed bill of health

This week: The European Central Bank's health-check of big European banks and the state of American business

Putting the boot in development

I’VE STUMBLED across an interesting paper, which looks at the economic impact of TOMS Shoes. When you buy a pair of TOMS, they give another pair to an impoverished child. TOMS has come under a fair amount of criticism for what it does, including a bombastic Marxist take from Slavoj Žižek, a Slovenian philosopher. Show More Summary

The human-driven driverless car

How low wages could keep productivity boosting technology at bay

A market unto itself

AMID the sell-off in global equities over the past month, one market has made for an unlikely safe haven. While American, European and Japanese stock indices have fallen by roughly 5-9% since late September, Chinese stocks have been flat. Show More Summary

Breaking the rules

What are the implications of low inflation everywhere?

Big, bad Amazon

The online retailer may be behaving badly, but it's not clearly abusing its market power

The great unbundling

THIS week our correspondents discuss deflation, the TV business and the politics of wages

Poverty elucidation day

Despite years of rapid growth, there are still many Chinese living in poverty

China no more

IN THIS week’s print edition we published a chart that looks at the world’s biggest economies over time. We timed it to coincide with the news that China, at least in purchasing-power parity terms, is now the world's biggest economy....Show More Summary

Get a life—or get fat

IN THE last year we have written a series of articles on working hours, many of which were rather popular. We have tried to explain why the rich now work longer than the poor, and why working shorter hours is good for your productivity. Show More Summary

Gloomy outlook

THIS week our correspondents discuss Germany’s worsening economy, China’s growing debt pile and the consequences of the falling oil price

The Nobel prize goes to Jean Tirole

Jean Tirole of Toulouse University in France wins the Nobel prize for economics

Asia redux?

JUST how bad is IMF forecasting? The Fund’s economists have come under fire in the past few days. Critics have bemoaned its World Economic Outlook (WEO) predictions, which ended up being way too optimistic. This FT piece by Chris Giles sums up the problems. Show More Summary

One big problem

BEING obese is the same as not having an undergraduate degree. That’s the bizarre message from a new paper that looks at the economic fortunes of Swedish men who enlisted in compulsory military service in the 1980s and 1990s. They show that men who are obese aged 18 grow up to earn 16% less than their peers of a normal weight. Show More Summary

The greenback is back

This week: The strengthening US economy and dollar, the falling oil price and the break-up of Hewlett-Packard

Not spluttering any more

AMERICA’S economy is finally beginning to feel like it is picking up pace. According to figures published today by the Bureau of Labour Statistics, total employment in America increased by 248,000 in September, driven by big jumps in professional services, retail and healthcare. Show More Summary

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