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The Economist: Free Exchange

Learn, and be less unequal

IN THIS week’s Free exchange column, we look at why globalisation may not reduce inequality in developing countries. Lots of theories have been proposed. We discuss one, outlined by Eric Maskin o...

A less dovish Yellen, a more dovish Draghi

The contradictory signals generated by American labour market data in the last year have provided grist for both hawks and doves at the Federal Reserve. For hawks, the rapid decline in the unemploy...

New numbers, same conclusion

THE ECONOMIST recently published an article about the costs and benefits of various kinds of zero- and low-carbon energy, “Sun, wind and drain”. The article was based on research by Charles Fra...

Kidneys and housing bubbles

WE ARE covering the 5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences, held in a small, pretty Bavarian town. It is a unique event, with about half the living Nobel laureates in attendance. Each gives a talk...

Economics for the masses

ONCE thought of as a staid trade, economists are increasingly repackaging themselves for public consumption. The rise of data journalism has helped catapult practitioners of the dismal science into...

Fad or fact?

ADVANCED countries have struggled to make up the ground that they lost in the “great recession” that followed the financial crisis of 2007-08. America and Germany were relatively quick to regai...

Cash for conflicts

THIS week’s Free exchange column looks at the latest research on foreign aid and economic growth. While we report that there is mounting evidence suggesting that aid has a positive effect on...

Mr Dependable

RECOGNISING that fragile economies need strong leaders, Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, aims for an air of unruffled competence. Recently, however, his mixed messages on the econo...

A little problem with the jobs recovery

SINCE 2010 the American unemployment rate has fallen from about 10% to about 6%. Ask an economist whether a lower unemployment rate is good and they will look at you sideways. Ask an epidemiologist...

What the Ivies can learn from Wellesley

PROFESSORS at Harvard University used to be vicious examiners. In 1950, according to one source, its average grade was a C-plus. Today things are different. The median* grade is A-minus: the most c...