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The Economist: Free Exchange

The north-south divide

LOW OIL prices are not good for the Nigerian economy. In its latest forecasts, the IMF's predictions for the Nigerian economy in 2015 have been cut—from over 7% growth to about 5%. The ...

Adam Smith on the financial crisis

Quantitative easing? Bah humbug!TIRED of lightweights bickering over the financial crisis and its aftermath? Of economic upheaval becoming merely fodder for intellectually dishonest political campa...

The Greek Revolt

THIS week: The implications of the Greek election and Davos deconstructed 

Wealth of generations

BRITAIN'S pensioners are a spoiled lot. They benefit from perks such as free bus travel and free television licences, and do not have to pay national insurance, one of Britain's two income taxes, o...

Explaining a shocking stat

SINCE publishing our package on energy subsidies last week, a few people have asked us about one particular factoid. In the leader we say:By one count, such handouts [energy subsidies] led to ...

The launch of euro-style QE

AFTER seemingly endless hints, rows and delays, the European Central Bank is finally launching a big programme of quantitative easing (QE), creating money to buy financial assets, in order to fight...

To QE or not to QE

Ugo Panizza, of the Graduate Institute, Geneva, offers his thoughts on Thursday's press conference, when people expect the European Central Bank to announce quantitative easing.IF THINGS go as expe...

The three big misconceptions about the Swiss franc

Switzerland’s cap on its currency, which it removed on January 15th, was unsustainable, protectionist and exposed the central bank to catastrophic losses, according to many commentators. Not so, ...

The sad consequences of the fear of QE

Paul De Grauwe, John Paulson Chair in Political Economy at the London School of Economics, gives his thoughts on the ECB meeting this Thursday, where Mario Draghi is expected to announce a programm...

On the consequences of Mr Draghi’s impending QE announcement

Update, 27th January: Mr Varoufakis has been appointed the Greek finance minister.Yanis Varoufakis is a professor of economic theory at the University of Athens and Syriza parliamentary candidate i...