It even inspired the global TV hit, La Casa de Papel
The story of how money injections became the go-to policy for tackling economic crises.
Brussels Gare du Nord.
the International Financial Conference in Brussels in 1920 hoped to reset the global economic order after a disastrous world war and pandemic. It hold lessons for leaders today.
Bill Freund at his 70th birthday celebration.
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Economic historian and development scholar Bill Freund was impatient with theoretical fads.
Painting of South Sea Bubble speculators by Edward Matthew Ward, Tate Gallery.
The real story of the South Sea Bubble and what happened when it burst 300 years ago.
New Zealand’s 2020 budget must not only provide economic hope, it must balance the very different ideologies and aspirations of two earlier historic budgets.
Miniature by Pierart dou Tielt
A look back at history can help us consider the economic effects of public health emergencies and how best to manage them.
The pressure to fit family and personal commitments into the few hours between getting home and bedtime is arguably the main source of stress today.
All this talk of moving to a four-day week overlooks what might be a more important agenda.
Research shows that England was one of the first sovereigns to default on its international debt obligations.
A sculpture of an oil pump held by a human hand stands outside the headquarters of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company.
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Can a new government, perhaps by shoring up democracy and oversight, harness this commodity for peace and prosperity?
Britain has long dreamed of breaking away from the European continent but global trade has never replaced links with its close neighbours.
A look at key data shows that the world is much better off today than ever before in history.
In 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted a 15-hour work week – working three hours a day – within a few generations.
The idea of reduced working hours was once seen as an essential indicator of progress. It’s time it was again.
The Bitcoin bubble is perhaps the most extreme speculative bubble since the late 19th century.
From a peak of US$19,783, Bitcoin’s value has fallen by 80%. What makes Bitcoin worth anything?
In the shadow of the pyramids of Giza, lie the tombs of the courtiers and officials who built these vast structures.
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Some estimates say the World Cup will bring a £1.6 billion boost to the UK economy. Do they stack up?
Flagbearers at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia.
Why the Commonwealth trade advantage isn’t all that strong.
Floraes Mallewagen (Flora's wagon of fools): Hendrik Gerritsz Pot, c1640 (photo: Laura Blanchard)
Bitcoin is being compared to tulips, but I researched tulip mania for years and found no evidence of mass bankruptcies or economic meltdown.
There are signs that non-rich Americans are growing less tolerant of tax cuts that mainly boost the wealthy’s bottom line.
Historically, wishful thinking has blunted pushback.
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When Enlightenment thinkers were looking for a way to build a healthy and productive society, they hit upon the tuber.
Spinning, Warping and Weaving the Wool (1594-1596) by Isaac Claesz. van Swanenburg.
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In 15th and 16th century France, two female textile guilds - comprised of single women and wives working independently of their husbands - wielded great power. By the end of the 18th century, they had been dismantled.