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The Economist: Free Exchange

Steady on

THE LAST few weeks have seen a flurry of good data about the America economy. Firms added more than 1m new jobs, in net terms, in the three months to January, the best showing since 1997. At 5...

Centrality planning

MOST OF us are familiar with film scenes in which a detective stands in front a corkboard covered with pictures of criminals. Bits of string join the different pictures indicating that suspect...

Why James Wilson and The Economist supported compulsory vaccination

"There is no nonsense about me. I know what is right, I work hard, and I do my duty."SHOULD governments force parents to vaccinate their children? This question, which has been subjected to impassi...

To hike or not to hike?

THIS week our correspondents discuss the latest developments in Greece's euro zone bail-out negotiations and Janet Yellen's testimony to Congress

Not working

IN THE 1990s American veterans were more likely to be in the labour force than non-veterans. By 2013, things had really changed. Three-quarters of male veterans aged between 18 and 64 were in the l...

Working like never before

EMPLOYMENT in Britain, both in absolute terms and as a share of the adult population, has never been higher. At first, that might appear to create a problem of sorts for the Bank of England, which ...

Window dressing

THIS week: What happens if there is no deal in Greece, the future of Sony and bankers' pay 

Three little piggies

ON FEBRUARY 16th the Eurogroup, consisting of the euro-area's 19 finance ministers, met to discuss whether they should change the conditions of Greece's bail-out. Unsurprisingly, given that neither...

Wrong target?

THE Bank of England released its quarterly inflation report this morning. It also published the letter from Mark Carney, governor of the bank, to George Osborne, Britain's chancellor of the exchequ...

The austerity to come

THIS MORNING the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced that it would probably grant Ukraine a new bail-out. How big is it? Some have reported a $17.5 billion bail-out; others a $40 billi...