The $1.9 trillion package gets a lot of stuff right, but the direct payments are not among them, argue two economists.
Two economists argue that people who believe the economy will turn around quickly have more incentive to quarantine.
With unemployment soaring due to COVID-19, why is Jacinda Ardern's centre-left government significantly less generous towards beneficiaries than Scott Morrison's centre-right government in Australia?
Previous shocks show that smart spending and building public confidence are crucial to the speed and shape of economic recovery.
The food aid program helps low-income families put food on the table and injects money straight into struggling local economies. It will be critical throughout the crisis the coronavirus is stoking.
We need a frank public conversation about the full economic costs versus benefits of social distancing.
Randomised trials in development have attracted criticiism over ethical issues and questions about being effective for policy.
Argentina has voted for change. Alberto Fernández, a 60-year-old lawyer, defeated President Mauricio Macri with a campaign emphasizing economic recovery, social inclusion and national unity.
The debate about the mandate of the South African Reserve Bank must be located within a clearly articulated political vision and social compact on the kind of society South Africans aspire to.
When an elected leader turns autocratic, the economy tends to suffer. That's because, in a functioning democracy, economic policy is made jointly, with lawmakers playing a key role.
Morals and the markets can mix after all.
Ramaphosa's stimulus package is more interesting for what it says about the politics of economic decision making than for its likely impact on the economy.
Governments can't undo the technological changes behind frozen wages and rising inequality. The best policy is to invest in education and training to give workers skills of value in the new economy.
Central Asia is at the centre of two new initiatives by China and Russia that run against a longstanding economic vision of the US.
South Africa's governing ANC has always seen economic growth as the driving force for change. This was wishful thinking as the damage done by apartheid will take far more to undo.
The budget was extraordinary in many ways. It is an abandonment of restraint on taxes by a liberal government. It is nakedly populist and it also acknowledges that government debt can be productive.
President Trump downgraded the chair of the Council of Economic Advisers from its perch on the Cabinet. Should we care?
The system is rigged for a small minority to profit, but are we brave enough to deploy the solutions that would work?
India is engulfed in chaos after Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced the wrong policy at the wrong time.
Independent Senator Nick Xenophon wants the RBA to focus on economic growth, and he's not alone.