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The chancellor has today committed himself to the goal of full employment. That’s a very good thing. But what does it mean in practice?

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Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the 21st Century, is attracting considerable attention, on both sides of the Atlantic. It has a striking central thesis, namely that historically the rate of return on assets has been consistently higher than the rate … Continue reading

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While economic debate in the UK continues to be dominated by government borrowing and living standards, policymakers are paying insufficient attention to Britain’s position in the global economy. Here, we really are living beyond our means – and have been … Continue reading

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I’ve co-signed a letter to George Osborne and Vince Cable, published in today’s Financial Times, which calls for the collection and publication of UK land market prices, which ceased in 2011, to be resumed. Its absence makes it much harder … Continue reading

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Today the Chancellor delivered his 2013 Autumn statement. Contained within the announced measures were several that, taken together, serve as a refresher of the coalition’s approach to tackling youth unemployment. Since youth worklessness and NEET-hood remains dizzyingly high in the … Continue reading

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Yesterday, the Harvard theorist Roberto Mangabeira Unger gave a remarkable talk at IPPR’s London offices. Unger’s central ambition is ‘the raising of ordinary men and women to a greater life’, as he put it: the constant, ceaseless work of innovation, … Continue reading

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This morning the new rates for the Living Wage in London and the rest of the UK are announced, kicking off Living Wage Week. Meanwhile, the CBI’s annual conference gets underway at the London Hilton. One is for the bosses, … Continue reading

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The British economy is growing again – at the healthy annual rate of 3 per cent over the last two quarters according to figures released today by the Office for National Statistics. After two years of a stop-start recovery, it … Continue reading

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Last night the BBC reported that both Conservative and Liberal Democrat policymakers are considering moves to increase the National Minimum Wage and boost the pay of low-paid workers. Thoughtful Conservatives such as skills minister Matthew Hancock and so-called ‘blue collar’ … Continue reading

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Local media in China reported yesterday that the powerful National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the agency responsible for planning China’s social and economic development, has proposed the country adopt an absolute cap on carbon emissions from 2016 (also here … Continue reading

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