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Marx's spectre still haunts everything from economics to politics to literature. Here's where to start if you want to know more.
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We looked at ten countries in East Africa and found poverty and politics were much more important drivers of conflict and displacement than climate change.
Andrew Simms (New Weather Institute), Sally Svenlen (RE student), Larry Elliott (
Guardian), Steve Keen (Debunking Economics) and Kate Raworth (Doughnut Economics) symbolically nail the “33 Theses” to the door of the London School of Economics in December 2017.
Nailed to the door of the London School of Economics, the ‘33 Theses’ offer a long overdue challenge to economics dogma. But there are omissions as well.
Yi Gang will take over the leadership of China’s central bank from Zhou Xiaochuan, who had been in the position since 2002.
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As the governor of China's central bank oversees the stability of the world’s second largest economy, this leadership change is one the global economy is watching closely.
Economists try to create and use maps to navigate the world of human choices. But in some ways, these maps are limited.
Will structures like the Gangneung Ice Arena be worth the investment once the games wrap up?
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South Korea's lofty vision of transforming the region into a winter sports hub may be pipe dream.
The arguments being made for corporate tax cuts lack solid empirical or theoretical backing.
Research on the impact of corporate tax cuts reaches different conclusions, depending on the time and place it looks at.
The Retail Prices Index (RPI) is responsible for rising rail fares and student loan repayments.
Up to 40% of recent immigrants in Australia are overeducated, making it hard for them to find suitable employment.
Hundreds of thousands of migrants have come through Australia's skilled migrant program. But we are wasting many of their skills.
Tasmania’s ageing population matters because as people get older they become more reliant on the services provided by governments (for example pensions, health and aged care).
Population growth for growth’s sake (as a proxy for economic growth), without consideration for the demands this creates might actually compromise Tasmania's economy.
Is it time to stop outsourcing?
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Problems at government contractor Capita and the collapse of Carillion are part of the same story of outsourcing gone wrong.
Emmanuel Macron, president of France, gestures during a special address in Davos, Switzerland.
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The French president said he would eliminate all coal-fired plants in his country by 2021, while his US counterpart is pushing policies intended to make them more profitable. Either way, the laws of economics will win.
It will be the private remarks between senior Australian business leaders and foreign investors at Davos that will likely be the most consequential for the Australian economy in the coming few years.
The latest data shows a big jump in jobs, but construction is slowing.
The number of jobs might be going up but the real test will be whether wages rise too.
The English Premier League is still popular despite being lopsided.
Many sports leagues have salary caps and drafts to maintain competition, but they not only hurt players but aren't that effective at keeping fans.
Poland and Hungary have recently clashed with Brussels over democratic freedoms, but economic drivers are at play, too.
There are some risks, like a crash in the price of Bitcoin, that are more certain than others in 2018.
The odds are that we get through 2018 without war, mass capital flight, or a housing crash. But all the risks are medium probability, and the consequences could be dire.
This year the Chinese Communist Party will tackle some of it’s biggest economic hurdles.
The Chinese government will use its consolidated power to try to reign in some of the biggest problems facing its economy in 2018.
Re-examining a survey of international studies on the price of beer, any tax increase will be only half as effective as planned in reducing consumption.
A new survey shows economic studies frequently report effects to be much larger than they actually are, leading to inflated claims about policy effectiveness and public benefit.
Give a man the means to borrow, so the argument goes, and he can work himself out of poverty. But do microfinances’ claims stand up?
Small loans from governments and philanthropists are often held up as a route out of poverty. But proper research into whether they work is thin on the ground.