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The Economist: Free Exchange

Signs of things to come

LOOKING backward, it is clear that American productivity growth has been pretty disappointing over the past 40 years, with the exception of an IT boomlet lasting from about 1996 to 2004. But past p...

Overruled

REPUBLICANS renewed their assault on the Federal Reserve recently, as they debated legislation to curtail the Fed's freedom to set monetary policy as it sees fit. The legislation would require the ...

Let them eat cosmopolitanism

TYLER COWEN has written a column on inequality, in which he notes that while inequality is rising within many economies it is falling globally. That is true, though it is worth pointing out that am...

Business formal

IS THE informal sector a poison pill to economic development or is it a by-product of stagnation and poverty? Academics who believe in the former typically argue either that entrepreneurs in the in...

Aiming at freer trade

ONE of the trickiest targets for Shinzo Abe’s third arrow of structural reform was always going to be opening Japan’s agriculture sector up to international competition. Japanese farmers have a...

A three-headed hydra

IT'S a rare economics tome that makes the New York Times bestsellers list, but Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” has done it, keeping inequality at the forefront of ...

200% and counting

Fears of a property crash, corporate defaults and austerity in the age of anti-corruption all came to naught. China’s growth sped up in the second quarter, climbing to 7.5% year-on-year, smack in...

Injured reserve

LAST week the Financial Times reported on anger within the French political establishment over America's abuse of its "exorbitant privilege" as issuer of the world's global reserve currency. B...

They came, they saw, they passed

IN PARTS of the world where designer eyewear products are popular, it is sometimes easy to forget the problems that people with poor vision and limited means face in many developing countries. A st...

Back to basics

“EACH month, Jane's salary is paid into her bank account. This is Jane's pay slip for July. Gross salary: 2,800 zeds. Deductions: 300 zeds. Net salary: 2,500 zeds. Gross salary to date this year:...