The idea that we make rational choices is the basis for how businesses and governments make their plans. But psychologists have been asking some awkward questions.
New research shows that ideological media employ a powerful method to bias partisans' economic beliefs. In turn, partisans perform mental gymnastics worthy of Simone Biles to preserve those biases.
Many politicians in the West – from backers of Brexit to Donald Trump – have convinced voters that immigrants are hurting their economies. The evidence suggests otherwise.
Trump revisited familiar themes during his economic address in Detroit and offered a few new ones. Two of our economic experts express their takeaways.
South Africa's struggling economy may have played a big role in determining the outcome of the 2016 local government elections, but the future direction of economic policy remains uncertain.
Britain's central bank governor Mark Carney is like a prize fighter throwing his last, limp punches.
New York's Met just announced more job cuts to balance its books as the shifting tastes and demographics make it harder to make a museum's ends meet.
Establishing a national minimum wage in South Africa will benefit the country by addressing working poverty and high levels of inequality.
Business Briefing: what to do about low incomes.
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Australia needs to increase productivity in different ways because at the moment living standards are low compared to past years.
The numerical basis used to study African economies suffers from major knowledge gaps. This needs to improve if numbers are to inform policies that will encourage growth and push back poverty.
Republicans and Democrats alike claim their conventions provide a big economic boost to their host cities. What's the evidence say?
With the one-city format no longer viable, an Olympics expert proposes a radical new vision for the format of the Olympic Games. It actually makes a lot of sense.
The prospect of a hung parliament or minority government may lead to investor uncertainty and little movement in asset prices.
Business Briefing: what breeds terrorism?
The breeding ground for terrorism isn't necessarily poverty - it's the middle class.
Business Briefing: how does Australia’s policy costing agency, the PBO, compare?
The Parliamentary Budget Office is being used to cost policies in this election but could it be more politically active?
The ladder of social mobility isn't what it used to be. An expert at Cornell explains how global demographic trends are widening the economic gap among young people.
What makes people decide to leave the gang, and how can you convince them to stay?
Analysis tweets from the debate between Treasurer Scott Morrison and Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen at the National Press Club
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There are three main types of forecast when it comes to the economic effects of Brexit – here's how to tell the difference between them.