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Labour market podcast: Rishi Sunak’s big fat Greek row
Fiscal policy podcast: Autumn Statement Reaction
Demand and supply: UK government to increase offshore wind subsidies by 66%
Monetary policy: Russia tightens capital controls on western companies
Demand and supply: The hard economic reality for anyone wanting to govern Britain
Market failure: Rishi Sunak considers move to ban smoking for next generation
Monetary policy: How long will the Bank of England keep interest rates high?
Fiscal policy: Is the state pension really ‘a Ponzi scheme’?
Labour markets: UK wages: which sectors are driving up pay?
The Global Economy: Vietnam
Podcast: Rishi Sunak’s dash for oil and gas
Monetary policy: Why are interest rate rises not taming inflation?
Privatisation versus nationalisation: Thames Water crisis could hit UK investment, ministers warn
Video: Business Objectives — Why did Carlyle’s CEO resign?
Video: Behavioural Economics — Are high petrol prices killing the American dream?
Video: Business Objectives — The ESG investment backlash begins to have an impact
Economic growth: UK economy returns to growth driven by consumer spending
Video: Public goods — When water security runs dry
Demand and supply: Why Britain’s households should expect energy bills to remain high
Costs and revenues: Pret A Manger to increase cost of its coffee subscription by 20%
Market structures: Elon Musk signals willingness to sacrifice Tesla margins for market share
Monetary policy: Yikes! What should I do with my mortgage?
Economic cycle: Are Jeremy Hunt’s plans really a ‘Budget for growth’?
Fiscal policy: UK prosecutions of tax evasion enablers drop by 80 per cent
Demand and supply: Tesla touts cost efficiencies as it gears up for more affordable model
Scarcity: Podcast — Northern Ireland — Rishi Sunak’s big test
Production: Is the IMF right about the UK economy?
Aggregate demand: China’s record $2.6tn rise in savings fuels ‘revenge spending’ hopes
Fiscal policy: The US hit the debt ceiling. What happens next?
Demand and supply: Copper rallies on hopes of China economic rebound
Demand and supply: Why the price of oil has dropped despite new constraints on Russian supply
Video: Trading blocs Part 2 — The Brexit effect: how leaving the EU hit the UK
Video: Trading blocs — The Brexit effect: how leaving the EU hit the UK
Podcast: economic growth — Jeremy Hunt’s sombre Autumn Statement
Demand and supply: UK house-buying demand falls at fastest pace since 2020 lockdown
Podcast: fiscal policy — Prime Minister Rishi Sunak
Market structures: Yorkshire Water to pay down almost £1bn in debt to settle regulatory case
Unemployment: UK unemployment falls to lowest level since 1974
Video: Demand and supply — NZ housing — a canary in the coal mine?
Podcast: Fiscal policy — Truss vs the ‘anti-growth’ coalition
Podcast: Fiscal policy — Kwasi Kwarteng’s market meltdown
Video: Opportunity cost — Food and fuel compete for farmland
Balance of payments: UK’s yawning current account deficit raises financing risks
Video: Labour markets — Rising temperatures can prove fatal for farm workers
Video: Privatisation and Market Failure — Water: too precious to be just another commodity?
Exchange rates: The bad news for the pound is not all in the price
Video: Externalities — Is luxury fashion resale losing some of its sparkle?
Video: Demand and supply — Can winemakers adapt to climate change?
Video: Demand and Supply — Music: the hot new asset class
Video: Synoptic — Can we avoid climate-related food shocks?
Demand and Supply: China’s ice cream brands outpace inflation with soaring prices
Market failure: Would carbon food labels change the way you shop?
Video: Market failure: Farming — the difficult first step towards net zero
Video: Business growth and demergers: The extraordinary Toshiba saga
Demand and supply: Price of UK pint up more than 70% since financial crisis
Market structures: Is the ‘subscription economy’ going to feel the Netflix effect?
International trade: The UK is still wrestling with the incoherence of Brexit
Price mechanism: US farmers’ hands are tied as world braced for wheat shortfall
Externalities: We must pay the cost of carbon if we are to cut it
Financial markets: Cash Isas remain popular despite the drain of inflation
Market failure: Boris Johnson warns of UK energy price shock
Exchange rates: Turkish inflation hits 20-year high of 54%
Housing market: Asking prices for UK homes surge in February as demand rises
Asymmetric information: Student loans — Should the Bank of Mum and Dad step in?
Real income: UK inflation climbs to 30-year high of 5.5%
Economic growth: UK price rises outpace wage growth despite labour shortages
Aggregate demand: UK homeowners secure £800bn windfall with house price rise
Government failure: Airlines forecast increased ‘ghost flights’ to retain UK landing rights
Labour market: Get ready for the four-day working week
Inflation: The fight over measuring UK inflation
Demand and supply: UK house prices rise at the fastest pace since 2006
Demand and supply: Champagne sparkles as low supply and fizzy demand boost prices
Demand and supply: Beware the property trap ensnaring young buyers
Monetary policy: Turkey’s lira tumbles after central bank cuts rates
Demand, supply: Coffee hits 10-year high as shipping bottlenecks squeeze supply
Aid and development: China cuts finance pledge to Africa amid growing debt concerns
Measuring National Income: UK statisticians juggle contradictory data on recovery from pandemic
Economic growth: Switch to value stocks to prepare for inflation
Demand and supply: BP service stations close as driver shortage hits UK fuel supplies
Inflation and monetary policy: Is it time for the Bank of England to start tightening monetary policy?
Government intervention in markets: US clean-energy blueprint contains 40% solar goal for 2035
Fiscal policy: Rishi Sunak has strong fiscal cards waiting to be played
Employment and unemployment: Partisan fight over US labour market jolted by strong hiring data
Circular flow of income: Nissan unveils first UK battery factory in £1bn Sunderland plan
Demand and supply: Russian supply curbs exacerbate squeeze on European gas market
Government Intervention: Cost of polluting in EU soars as carbon price hits record €50
Economic growth: The Fed risks reacting too slowly if inflation keeps rising
Financial markets: UK government to sell next £1bn stake in NatWest
Market structures: Ethiopian telecoms sell-off flops in wake of economic and security concerns
Exchange rates: Turks chase missing billions in foreign exchange reserves
Aggregate demand & supply: Global savers’ $5.4tn stockpile offers hope for post-Covid spending
Fiscal policy: The case for taxing the rich more
Demand & supply: Boris Johnson to announce £3bn shake-up of England’s bus network
Demand & supply: Investors see ‘gold rush on steroids’ for green battery metals
Fiscal Policy: ‘Stealth’ raid on income tax thresholds
Monetary and Fiscal Policy: Joe Biden’s $1.9tn package is a risky experiment
Demand & supply: Extra stamp duty holiday would raise house prices, say lawyers
Demand & supply: White House scrambles to address global chip shortage
Competition policy: UK and EU to open probes into Nvidia’s $40bn acquisition of Arm
Market structure: UK watchdog to investigate Uber’s acquisition of Autocab
The financial sector: Nine banks ate into capital buffers under ECB’s pandemic relief
International trade: African countries not ready to implement free trade from January
Economic development: West Africa vs Big Chocolate: Battle over price sours relations
Demand, supply, elasticities: Lithium market recharges as electric vehicle sales rise
Economic development: Business groups call on Johnson to rethink overseas aid cuts
Demand and supply: UK set to ban sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030
Aggregate demand/supply: UK shipyards owner looks beyond building vessels
Elasticity of demand: Pandemic sets off a scramble to snap up outdoor heaters
Monetary policy: The great MMT debate, again
Demand and supply: Beijing’s first bond offer to US investors draws record demand
The housing market: Banks rebuff Boris Johnson’s call for low-deposit mortgages
Labour markets & employment: Britain’s over-50s rethink plans as virus takes toll on retirement
Supply and demand: Harley-Davidson to pull out of world’s largest motorcycle market
Aggregate demand: What the latest data on activity are signalling
Exchange rates: Sterling’s faded illusion of sovereignty
Economic development: Latin America’s taxing problem
Competition/market structures: Pain in Spain for telecoms groups as competition heats up
Economic Development: Zambia feels the way for distressed nations in seeking debt talks
Distribution of Income and Wealth: Spain to push through minimum income guarantee to fight poverty
Theory of the firm: Ryanair to axe up to 3,000 jobs as it warns over slow recovery
Competition & regulation: Britain’s private schools warned against fee collusion
Price mechanism: Oil-producing nations grapple with latest price fall
Market failure: Boris Johnson can now redeem his debt to the NHS
Circular Flow of Income: India’s exporters face crunch as coronavirus pummels economy
Market structures: British Airways to suspend more than 30,000 staff amid coronavirus crisis
Exchange rates: Why the Fed is trying to tame the dollar
Labour markets, government intervention: Income inequality increases in UK
Aggregate demand: Italy unveils €3.6bn stimulus to tackle coronavirus
Elasticities, Market Structures: Can £5bn revitalise England’s bus services?
Economic growth and development: Restructuring Argentina’s debt will require IMF support
Market structures: Climate change and the prisoner’s dilemma
Labour markets: The unions taking on the gig economy and outsourcing
Demand & Supply, Exchange Rates, Elasticity: Commodities may not stay cheap
Monetary policy: US debt investors seek protection against inflation
Market/government failure: Air quality remains dangerously low
Supply side policy, capital flows: Tide turns for Polish émigrés
Distribution of income and wealth: Before we soak the rich
Supply & demand: Fortnum & Mason boosted by demand for loose leaf tea
Macroeconomic objectives: Iran’s economy strangled under US sanctions
Financial markets, exchange rates: Dollar shortage shakes confidence in Lebanon’s banks
Competition and market structures: Sony pulls plug on PlayStation Vue
Developing economies: Ethiopia’s path to prosperity is opening up
Economic Growth, macroeconomic objectives: UK economy to avert recession
Demand & supply, taxation: UK’s slowing housing market hits stamp duty
Market failure: French tobacconists fear business will go up in smoke
Objectives of firms: The limits of the pursuit of profits
Labour markets: How does British Airways pilot pay compare?
Introductory economics: China acts on pork prices
Fiscal policy: Javid shift in strategy after decade of austerity
Economic cycles: A long economic recovery is not necessarily a better one
Demand and Supply, Market Structures: Iran warns Opec ‘might die’
Trade policies and negotiations: Mexico ratifies Nafta’s replacement
Economic development: CDC to invest $300mn in Africa’s power networks
Allocation of resources: Old economists can teach us new tricks
Financial markets: China dumps US Treasuries
Allocation of resources: EBRD mulls sub-Saharan Africa loans
Demand and supply: Iran’s economy slumps on US sanctions
Circular flow of income: Fear over UK’s low national savings rate
Financial markets: US mortgage reform
Macroeconomic policy: UK inflation rises 1.9%
Money: The continued appeal of cash
Monetary policy: Monetary policy has run its course
Inflation: UK basket gains popcorn
Balance of payments: US trade deficit
Financial markets: Zimbabwe’s currency reforms criticised
Externalities and traffic congestion: Luxembourg tackles congestion