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Filed Under:Business & Finance / Economics
Posts on Regator:5734
Posts / Week:16.3
Archived Since:June 7, 2008

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Elusive prudence

CHINESE monetary policy is rarely straightforward. This weekend’s interest cut was no exception. The third loosening move in little more than three months, it should be evident that China is now in all-out easing mode. But in describing its actions, the central bank insisted that its policy stance remains “prudent”. Show More Summary

Steady on

Why Janet Yellen won't raise interest rates any time soon

Centrality planning

Economists should stop ignoring the role of social networks

Why James Wilson and The Economist supported compulsory vaccination

Even the Economist's first editor, a strident supporter of individual liberty, thought compulsory vaccination was a good idea

To hike or not to hike?

THIS week our correspondents discuss the latest developments in Greece's euro zone bail-out negotiations and Janet Yellen's testimony to Congress

Not working

A new paper suggests that the Veterans’ Affairs Disability Compensation programme needs to be reformed

Working like never before

British firms can't stop hiring and yet inflation is tumbling. Why?

Window dressing

This week: What happens if there is no deal in Greece, the future of Sony and bankers' pay

Three little piggies

A look at how Greece's economy is doing compared to Ireland's and Portugal's

Wrong target?

THE Bank of England released its quarterly inflation report this morning. It also published the letter from Mark Carney, governor of the bank, to George Osborne, Britain's chancellor of the exchequer, that was required to explain why inflation—currently 0.5%—had deviated more than a percentage point below the bank's target of 2%. Show More Summary

The austerity to come

Ukraine's new bail-out programme may do more to hurt than help its economy

Business rebounds

This week our correspondents discuss America's economy, assess the latest drama in the euro zone and explain why US banks worry about a strengthening dollar

Musical chairs

Employment in Britain recovered surprisingly slowly given the socking decline in worker wages

The end of the low-pay puzzle?

AMERICA’S jobs report, released today, shows that the economy is in rude health. It added 257,000 jobs in January, a little higher than expectations (of around 230,000). What is more, there were revisions to both December’s and November’s figures—during those two months, employment grew by 147,000 more than previously thought. Show More Summary

Nothing yet

ON JANUARY 21st the Ukrainian government and the IMF announced that Ukraine would be seeking a new, bigger bail-out. They also announced that they would start negotiating with foreign creditors, in an attempt to reduce the amount of money the Ukrainian government owes. Show More Summary

A curate's egg

President Obama's spending priorities in his latest budget make sense, but not all his tax proposals

The corporate taxman cometh

This week our correspondents discuss how America taxes its companies, the economics of the Arctic and Greece - again

The north-south divide

LOW OIL prices are not good for the Nigerian economy. In its latest forecasts, the IMF's predictions for the Nigerian economy in 2015 have been cut—from over 7% growth to about 5%. The naira, Nigeria's currency, is doing badly. But what...Show More Summary

Adam Smith on the financial crisis

What would the great Scottish philosopher say about the financial crisis?

The Greek Revolt

This week: The implications of the Greek election and Davos deconstructed

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