Make policy for real, not ideal, humans

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Many believe dysfunctional behaviour in finance is due solely to distorted incentives

The battle over the public finances will define Britain

The case for achieving an overall fiscal surplus in the next parliament is not overwhelming

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Europe’s lonely and reluctant hegemon

Berlin must broaden its outlook and applaud domestic demand

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A political chancellor’s delusional plan

The economic priority for the UK was never fiscal austerity; it was securing growth

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Two cheers for sharp falls in oil prices

Abundant supply threatens to make economies more carbon intensive and less energy efficient

Best books of 2014: Economics

A round-up of the titles to remember

UK should not leave EU over immigration

Hard-working, ambitious people speaking a multitude of languages should surely be welcome

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Radical cures for unusual economic ills

The crisis left a grim legacy, and the answers are likely to be unorthodox

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The curse of weak global demand

Feeble economic performance has occurred despite the most aggressive monetary policies

Prepare for the worst on productivity

The poor performance poses challenges to politicians, policy makers and business

An unethical bet in the climate casino

Election result may bury what little hope remains of getting to grips with risks of climate change

Warnings from Japan for the eurozone

Europe has been unwilling to address the structural excess savings of creditor countries

Public finance is both a moral and a technical challenge

The UK faces a harsh choice, because the economy is roughly a sixth smaller than expected

Europe’s banks too feeble to spur growth

One doubts whether the capital in eurozone institutions is enough to drive the economy forward

Reform alone is no solution for eurozone

A policy that may work for Germany alone cannot work for an economy more than three times as big

UK fiscal policy has no simple rules

Targeting a budget balance, while borrowing for infrastructure investment, is reasonable

World can do better than ‘new mediocre’

We must launch well-crafted reforms in both emerging and high-income economies

An extraordinary state of ‘managed depression’

In the eurozone, more action is needed if a widely shared and successful recovery is to be achieved

Trapped in a cycle of credit booms

The eurozone seems to be waiting for the Godot of global demand to float it off into debt sustainability

England and Scotland will never be equal

The search for formal symmetry is not just unnecessary, but unworkable


Martin Wolf Martin Wolf is chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, London. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 “for services to financial journalism”. Mr Wolf is an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, honorary fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, an honorary fellow of the Oxford Institute for Economic Policy (Oxonia) and an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham.

He has been a forum fellow at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos since 1999 and a member of its International Media Council since 2006. He was made a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, by Nottingham University in July 2006. He was made a Doctor of Science (Economics) of London University, honoris causa, by the London School of Economics in December 2006. He was a member of the UK government's Independent Commission on Banking in 2010-2011. Martin's most recent publications are Why Globalization Works and Fixing Global Finance.

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