Economics

Is full employment just another of George Osborne’s political stunts?

5 April 2014 9:00 am

‘Full employment’ usually means the lowest achievable rate of unemployment — somewhere south of 5 per cent compared with 7.2 per…

The engagement-ring theory of property bubbles

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Google ‘the bread market’ and you get 135,000 hits, mostly from specialist food industry websites. Google ‘the property market’, however,…

Niall Ferguson’s diary: Brazil is overtaking us – but it no longer feels like that

1 March 2014 9:00 am

 São Paolo It was back in 2001 that my good friend Jim O’Neill of Goldman Sachs coined the acronym ‘Bric’,…

Is there a way to live without economic growth? 

18 January 2014 9:00 am

During Japan’s lost decade in the 1990s I found myself handing out rice balls to Tokyo’s homeless on the banks…

The man who made it OK to talk about immigration

16 November 2013 9:00 am

How Professor Paul Collier has bypassed the liberal taboo on discussing immigration

Why Britain’s economy will overtake Germany’s

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Why the UK economy will one day overtake Germany

Can you trade love for wealth? The economics of Breaking Bad

5 October 2013 9:00 am

The acclaimed television series Breaking Bad has ended. Steffen Huck on what it can teach us about economics

My mansion tax solution: hit rich foreigners. But no one else

14 September 2013 9:00 am

I am surprised no more attention has been given to Martin Vander Weyer’s suggestion in The Spectator two weeks ago…

The Downfall of Money, by Frederick Taylor - review

7 September 2013 9:00 am

In Germany in 1923 money was losing its value so fast that the state printing works could not keep up.…

Never seen the need for a class system? Take a long-haul flight

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Usually it is annoying when you have to board an aeroplane via a shuttle bus rather than an airbridge. The…

Don't blame the baby boomers - they had it tough too

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Here’s a competition for you: ‘The most irritating discussion on Radio 4 in the past month.’ Answers in not more…

Rory Sutherland: Don't abolish The Knowledge

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Now that most taxi drivers use satnavs, should ‘the Knowledge’ be abolished? Shouldn’t we ditch the requirement that all London…

What the Arab world really wants

13 July 2013 9:00 am

Middle East protest has its roots not in Islam but in frustrated enterprise