The Mint Magazine covers a wide range of topics that align with the A Level/IB syllabus enriching student learning by offering different perspectives that build the critical capacity of students. Below we have sought to illustrate this by matching recent articles, columns, reviews and interviews against the topics in the AQA Economics syllabus.
We have also given a word or phrase you can use to search for more relevant material for each topic, including news items.
Microeconomics - Individuals, Firms, Markets and Market Failure
The Economic Problem
Understanding economics as a social science, what the economic problem is and the economic rationale. Use the search term ‘economics’ for more.
Blair Fix puts interest rates to the test in the treatment of inflation and raises a laugh. Advances in science almost invariably arise from questioning received wisdom — taking ideas
Individual Economic Decision Making
Consumer behaviour, imperfect information and behavioural economics. Search using the term ‘behavioural economics’ for more.
When the world is facing large systemic crises, Ingrid Kvangraven asks why is the economics profession celebrating small technical fixes? This week it was announced that Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo
Price Determination in a Competitive Market
How do the demand and supply forces work in tandem? How are prices determined? Do all consumers behave the same way? Use the search term ‘markets’ for more.
Production, Costs and Revenue
How much can a business compromise to survive in the market, who reaps the benefits in the short- and long-term? Search using the term ‘costs and revenue’ for more.
Perfect Competition, Imperfectively Competitive Markets and Monopoly
Do business always look at profit maximisation? In what markets do firms compete? How are these markets regulated? Is it better or worse to compete or collaborate with each other? Search using the term ‘markets’ for more.
Here I am back… in the Treasury like a recurring decimal – but with one great difference. In 1918 most people’s only idea was to get back to pre-1914. No
What causes demand and supply for labour? Which industries are more competitive? What factors cause barriers in entering the marketplace? How are wages determined between and within regions? Search using the term ‘labour markets’ for more.
Patricia Gestoso tells how the Global North exploits poverty and weak laws in the South to accelerate its digital transformation. The hype around idyllic tech workplaces that originated in Silicon
The Distribution of Income & Wealth: Poverty and Inequality
How can wealth and income be better distributed? How has capitalism played a role in paving the path? Use the search term ‘inequality’ for more.
Market Mechanism, Market Failure and Government Intervention in Markets
How may governments intervene when markets fail? What policies are implemented on the national level? What to do when governments go wrong? Search using the term ‘market failure’ for more.
The true meaning of corruption has been distorted, leaving research, policy and the public to allow it to continue unchecked. Geoffrey M. Hodgson explains. Some authors – particularly economists –
Macroeconomics - The National and International Economy
Measures of Economic Performance
Is GDP the only way to measure growth? What factors are missed out in economic calculations? Are there better alternatives to measure a country’s performance? Search using the terms ‘measures of economic performance’ for more.
How the Macroeconomy Works - AD/AS, The Circular Flow and Related Concepts
How do the levers of consumption, investment, government expenditure and net trade work? How does the government look to build capacity? Search using terms ‘macroeconomics’ and/or ‘austerity’ for more.
What determines growth? How does an economy build (back better) and maintain itself? What impacts does this have on stakeholders and their living standards? Search using term ‘economic growth’ for more.
Financial Markets and Monetary Policy
What are the role of financial markets? How do central banks play a role and what does market failure look like in the financial sector? Search using terms ‘finance’ and ‘central banking’ for more.
Fiscal and Supply-side Policies
What policies does the government consider during a boom, a recession, in protecting the environment, in achieving a more equitable distribution of income? How does the government learn from its mistakes? Search using terms ‘macroeconomics’ and/or ‘austerity’ for more.
The International Economy
Exploring globalisation, international trade and patterns in trade over time. What bodies regulate trade, what advantages do trading blocs have and how do countries remain internationally attractive? Search using the terms ‘international economics’ and/or ‘developing countries’ for more.