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Tragically speaking

George DeMartino is not your everyday academic economist. Over the past ten years and more he has campaigned for the economics profession, as he calls it, to have a code …

On being an inspiration

Drowning in silence


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Growth… a tale of make believe

Where is the fairy dust when you need it?  Frances Coppola goes looking. Ah, the lovely economic growth fairy. It flutters around the world, resting briefly here, lingering longer there, …

How to clean up in a trickle down

Whose news?

Here & Now

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No shortage of profit

Semiconductor firms cash in with a collective old block on chips. Chris Mouré explains. Over the past year, looking into the business of semiconductors, I examined the historical relationships between …

Radical moves


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India’s age concern 

One of India’s greatest assets is youth. Jayan Jose Thomas calls for changes in established thinking to harness its potential. India, like many South Asian countries, has a young population. …

As real as it gets

Roadblock or drive-through?

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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Inflation: How financial speculation is making the global food price crisis worse

UK households, like those in many other countries, are struggling to make ends meet. More than half of households have only £2.66 per week left after paying for bills and essentials, according …

Past Events

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Levelling up – will it turn Britain into a more equal country?

‘Levelling up’ is the nearest the Conservative Party has to a big idea and now it has just become a White Paper, which opens with the following words:   “Levelling …

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