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The Economist: Free Exchange

Peaks and valleys

FED watchers mull automating monetary policy, emerging markets feel the effects of China's stockmarket slump and exchange-traded funds surpass hedge funds

Are landlords to blame for Britain’s housing crisis?

AS WE noted earlier this month, soaring house prices in Britain have put homeownership out of the reach of many young Britons. Although there are many causes behind this—such as the difficulty of...

Why bull calves and bear cubs are responsible for China's crazy share prices

THE “national team” was supposed to save China’s stockmarket. Investors were coming round to the view that the government had succeeded in stabilising share prices after the central bank...

The limits of nudging

THE behavioural revolution is in full swing, it seems. On Thursday the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), based in London and previously known as the 'Nudge Unit', published a summary of its findings...

Minimum-wage mania

GOVERNMENTS are enthusiastically raising the minimum wage of workers. But how high can they go without being harmful?

Why do people do it to themselves?

IT IS well known that in America, "extreme" working hours (slogging for more than fifty a week) have been getting more widespread in recent decades. In a famous paper from 2005, Peter Kuhn and Fern...

Maurice Obstfeld becomes the new Blanchard

NEWS has just come through that Maurice Obstfeld will be the International Monetary Fund's new chief economist, succeeding Olivier Blanchard who is retiring. According to those in the know, Mr ...

Greece and the euro, migration and the Big Mac index

THIS week's print edition has an array of economics articles that may be of interest. The following have particularly caught our eye:Greece and the euro: From rage to resignation (Europe)Migra...

How much the young suffer

BRITONS are obsessed with home-ownership; but it is getting less and less common. A new note from Neal Hudson of Savills, an estate agent, points out that "the share of households owning their home...

Greece's creditors allow a bit more money to flow

FOR almost three weeks now banks have been closed in Greece. Cash withdrawals have been limited to €60 ($65) a day, and in practice often just €50 a day. Electronic transfers to accounts outsid...