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 Edexcel Economics A syllabus.
We have also given a word or phrase you can use to search for more relevant material for each topic, including news items.
Theme 1 - Introduction to Markets and Market Failure
Nature of Economics
Understanding economics as a social science, what the economic problem is and the economic rationale. Use search term ‘economics’ for more.
Guy Dauncey reviews Can’t We Just Print More Money? Economics in Ten Simple Questions, by Rupal Patel and Jack Meaning, Bank of England. Two economists from the Bank of England
How Markets Work
How do the demand and supply forces work in tandem? How are prices determined? Do all consumers behave the same way? Use search term ‘markets’ for more.
What happens when things don’t go to plan… what causes these issues and why, and what the implications may be. Use search 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 –
How may governments intervene? What policies are implemented on the national level? What to do when governments go wrong? Use search term ‘regulation’ for more.
Theme 2 - The UK Economy - Performance and Policies
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? Use search term ‘measures of economic performance’ for more.
Aggregate Demand and Supply
How do the levers of consumption, investment, government expenditure and net trade work? How does the government look to build capacity? Use search term ‘aggregate demand and supply’ for more.
What are impacts of injections and withdrawals in the circular flow of income? How does saving and spending differ across socioeconomic strata? Use search term ‘national income’ 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? Use search term ‘economic growth’ for more.
Macroeconomic Objectives and 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? Use search term ‘macroeconomic objectives and policy’ for more.
Theme 3 - Business Behaviour and the Labour Market
Business Growth and Objectives
Do business always look at profit maximisation? How firms scale, whether they are private or public, to merge or divest, customer loyalty, regulation and shareholders versus stakeholders are all other factors that are taken into account to consider why some businesses decide to grow while others decide to stay small… Use search term ‘business growth and objectives’ and/or ‘stakeholder economy’ for more.
Revenues, Costs and Profits
How much can a business compromise to survive in the market, who reaps the benefits in the short- and long-term? Use search term ‘revenues-costs-profits’ or ‘stakeholder economy’ for more.
In what markets do firms compete? How are these markets regulated? Is it better or worse to compete or collaborate with each other? Use search term ‘competition’ 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? Use search term ‘labour market’ 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
Theme 4 - A Global Perspective
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? Use the search term ‘international economics’ for more.
Poverty and Inequality
What causes poverty and inequality within and between developing and developed economies? How has capitalism played a role in paving the path? Use search term ‘inequality’ for more.
Emerging and Developing Economics
What are the dimensions of development, how is development different to growth? What factors and strategies influence growth and development? Use the search term ‘developing countries’ for more.
The Financial Sector
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? Use the search term ‘finance’ for more.
Role of the State in the Macroeconomy
How does the government manage its finances in different economic conditions? How do international actors play a role? Use search terms ‘central banking’ and/or ‘austerity’ for more.