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The Economist: Free Exchange

Still patient, but for how long?

For those watching the Federal Reserve's meeting which ended today, no news was good news. The Fed, as expected, said it would end its bond buying programme (also known as quantitative easing) next...

The political appeal of currency union and disunion

I HAVE watched the debate over Scotland’s independence with a certain déjà-vu. In 1995, I along with everyone else in Canada watched nervously as Quebeckers voted on whether to separate. Like S...

A crude view of technology

PETER THIEL is an interesting guy: an entrepreneur and investor with plenty of thought-provoking things to say about startups and the process of innovation. (He's also out touting a new book, which...

A little extra cash, a lot of extra schooling

IN 2012 there were over 168 million child labourers. That's a big decline from a few years ago (see chart), but still a huge number. How best to get it down? Outlawing it is one option. Most countr...

From catch-up to slip-up

IT IS astounding how quickly expectations can change. Just 15 years ago the emerging world looked a hopeless case, economically speaking. Indeed, it wasn't the "emerging world" at all, but "less-de...

How a minnow became a giant

THIS week: The latest economic news from China, Banco Santander's future after the death of its executive chairman, and a new study on bankers' pay

Hiding in plain sight

THE ECONOMIST attended a lecture by Andy Haldane, the chief economist of the Bank of England. Mr Haldane is known for his work on financial regulation but this lecture was about something quite dif...

Big problems for little countries

IN THE past five years growth in the rich world has been measly. From 1990 to 2007 high-income countries managed an inflation-adjusted per-capita GDP growth of about 2.3% per year. From 2008 to 201...

A plea for more data

IN AMERICA, one in three workers does some work on the weekend. Europeans are more likely to treat Saturday and Sunday as sacred: only one in five workers in France, Germany and the Netherlands buc...

Fizz in the bond markets

THIS week: The US economy and employment figures, corporate borrowing and what to expect from the Alibaba IPO