Productivity will make or break next UK government

Britain is not alone in suffering a post-crisis slowdown, yet its decline is worse than elsewhere

Low inflation good news for UK finances

If trends persist, the public sector debt burden will ease

The truth about UK living standards

Real wages are significantly lower, and younger workers are suffering

Immigration row will hurt Tory legacy

Cameron is writing an unhappy ending for his story of economic success

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High stakes to keep rates low

The case for the 0.5 per cent interest rate is weakening

The elusive truth about Britain’s deficit

The Tories and Labour present public finance policies that scale the heights of absurdity

Federalism eases path to a better realm

The arrangement should tempt local politicians with incentives to improve their patch

Pay pressure

Economists from across the political spectrum offer their ideas to jump-start wage growth

How a Yes would make enemies

Victory for independence campaign would leave winners with little to celebrate and much to worry about

Each of us has the ability to go it alone

Growth in self-employment boosts output and tax revenues – it should be embraced

British job market surges in the regions

The gains are nationwide, some of the more surprising are happening far from London

UK’s productivity problem is easily solved

Cyclical forces should drag up the performance of productivity

Bank of England: Crashing the party

The central bank has new tools to stop bubbles. Now they face their first test

Prudential policy is not everything

Curbs on risky mortgages are not an alternative to higher interest rates

Critics should heed good IMF advice

With the general election in the offing, the fund can help the parties produce sensible manifestos

The BoE has good reasons to tighten

Bank should prepare markets for the first of a series of gradual rises, beginning in the autumn

The BoE needs to curb its dovishness

The central bank is biased against higher interest rates

The mysteries of the UK economy unravel

Three almost universally held ‘truths’ will wither when new standards are adopted

Hollow claims ring out over UK economy

As a chancellor who has suffered much abuse, George Osborne is only giving what he has received

Caution is the byword for squeezed UK

Tory optimism about growth is unlikely to cheer the vast majority of households

ABOUT CHRIS

Chris Giles Chris Giles is the Economics Editor of the Financial Times. Before that he was a leader writer.

He reports on international and UK economics and writes a fortnightly column on the UK economy.

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