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The coarse in economics

Tom Bergin is an award-winning, financial journalist of long standing. He tends to specialise in the seamier side of corporate behaviour, his previous book being on the BP Horizon disaster. …

The growing realisation


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What is corruption?

After all, it’s hard to bite the hand that feeds you. As a teenager, I recall my father informing me that to make real money you need to be close …

Double parked

Biden: his time

Festival for Change Finalists

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Period pain

Ankit on a community visit: “The womenfolk are mostly aware of sanitary pads but would never think about using them. The stigma is huge.” The return on investment in menstrual …

The weight of numbers

Bicycle peddling

The shock that planted an idea

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Why Women Are Poorer Than Men and What We Can Do About It

From the publisher: FINANCE IS A FEMINIST ISSUE. It’s 2021. The modern world is still rigged unfairly in men’s favour. Exploring injustices from pensions to boardroom bullying, Annabelle Williams, former …

Here & Now

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Out of our heads

Lindsey Hall tells of the ideas behind Real Ideas. Since we founded Real Ideas fourteen years ago, we have worked with all kinds of ideas – big concepts, quirky thoughts, …


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Money for nothing and other Newtonian repercussions

Georgian lessons on the modern economy by Simon Sherratt.  In March 1819, William Cobbett – an inveterate critic of the British government – penned a remarkable letter for inclusion in …

Good God

Power: don’t mention it

Hard stuff

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Why we should abandon GDP

Gross Domestic Product is the most popular and useless quantity in economics say Erald Kolasi and Blair Fix. For all that it purports to say, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fails …

Hardcore Peripheries

Vegan cheese: you may scoff


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The pandemic recovery needs to be measured in well-being—not just GDP

Once a country’s economy reaches a certain level of wealth, gross domestic product—which puts a single dollar value on a country’s total economic output—is no longer a good measure of …

Past Events

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The Digital Economy: a Covid Winner but for whom?

During lockdown, the digital economy has been essential and has boomed. But are private network monopolies in the public interest? The early 1900s saw the first attempt to challenge the …

Sabotage and Covid-19

Long Reads

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Taking sides

Nicholas Gruen questions the value of competition and proposes a new frontier for political and economic reform. Since Adam Smith, economists have marvelled at competition’s capacity to improve our world …

Industrial policy, then and now

The space between us