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  1. August 7, 2014

    Lord Freud predicts faster drop in UK’s economic inactivity

    Changes to the welfare system will accelerate the UK’s already startling drop in economic inactivity, a minister has said....

  2. July 31, 2014

    Drug pricing: Bitter pill

    When delegates turned up for a big healthcare conference at New York’s plush Waldorf Astoria hotel in February, they were...

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  1. July 21, 2014

    Global crackdown on offshore secret tax accounts yields €37bn

    Governments across the world have collected more than €37bn of tax from secret offshore accounts since 2009, it emerged on...

  2. July 21, 2014

    Seoul’s city officials encouraged to take siestas

    Google, Nike and AOL may encourage its staff to take siestas, but in a first for South Korea, which is known for having some...

  3. July 20, 2014

    Australia’s $1.7tn private pension system faces sweeping reforms

    Australia’s highly regarded private pension system faces sweeping reform following a sharply critical report into the fees...

  4. July 17, 2014

    Adapt trade policy to reflect globalisation, economic bodies warn

    Countries need to do more to adapt trade policies to reflect the 21st century realities of globalisation and international...

  5. July 11, 2014

    Chart that tells a story . . . financial literacy

    What does this chart show? It compares levels of financial literacy in 15-year-old children with the amount of financial...

  6. July 11, 2014

    Demand growth for agricultural products to slow

    Demand for agricultural products is set to increase at a slower pace over the next decade, but demand for protein-rich foods...

  7. July 9, 2014

    Developing world blazes trail for 2.5bn with no banking access

    It is a weekday morning and a dozen or so women are gathering in the patio of a house in Xochimilco, a working-class...

  8. July 9, 2014

    Shanghai’s youth are world’s most financially literate, says OECD

    Shanghai’s schoolchildren are right on the money. In the first ever international assessment of financial nous among the...

  9. July 6, 2014

    Drugmakers warn on South Korea pricing policy

    International pharmaceutical companies have warned Seoul that they are holding back new medicines from the country’s market,...

  10. July 1, 2014

    Top UK universities oppose global comparison tests, says OECD

    Oxbridge and other elite UK universities are opposing attempts by the OECD to introduce Pisa-style tests to compare students...

  11. June 25, 2014

    OECD survey links teacher status to pupil performance

    The OECD has linked high teacher status to good pupil performance in its global education league table, alongside findings...

  12. June 24, 2014

    Export-Import Bank warns on loss of competitive edge

    The US Export-Import Bank is losing competitiveness against other countries as China ramps up export credit and developed...

  13. June 22, 2014

    Anglo-Saxon economies should envy Germany’s rental culture

    There is no shortage of explanations for the resilience of the German economy: its companies are strong; its political and...

  14. June 20, 2014

    OECD criticises UK pension reforms

    The OECD has criticised the UK government’s recently announced plans to end the obligation to buy an annuity at retirement....

  15. June 17, 2014

    UK officials reject tax complaints against Alliance Boots

    British officials have rejected complaints by two campaign groups over the taxation and disclosure of transactions...

  16. June 16, 2014

    UK poverty on par with former Eastern bloc

    The poorest fifth of British households are among the most economically deprived in western Europe and suffer levels of...

  17. June 13, 2014

    Japan’s Abe sets corporate tax cut target

    Japan will start lowering its baseline corporate income tax rate next year and reduce it by 20-45 per cent over “several...

  18. June 12, 2014

    Taxing time ahead as offshore rules come under more scrutiny

    ‘Golden age’ for offshore cash The OECD called it “the golden age” of tax planning: a period in which multinational...

  19. June 9, 2014

    Dutch-style pensions for UK face tough credibility test

    Playing with the pension system is a national political sport in the UK, but the coalition government has recently taken it...

  20. June 9, 2014

    Corporate tax escape trick set to backfire

    It is a feat worthy of Houdini. Even as public debts mount, the world’s corporations have managed to break free from the...

  21. June 9, 2014

    One in five children to live in poverty, says official commission

    The coalition’s flagship welfare reform programme is failing to restore momentum to the drive to tackle child poverty,...

  22. June 2, 2014

    US companies warn on foreign tax threat

    US multinationals face a threat of “unprecedented taxes on trade and investment” from efforts to close gaps in the...

  23. May 30, 2014

    Doubts cast on Scottish economic data

    Scotland’s economic standard of living may rank 20th among rich countries rather than the 14th suggested by gross national...

  24. May 27, 2014

    OECD warns on global trade slowdown

    Exports from both advanced and leading emerging economies slowed sharply in the first three months of this year, according...

  25. May 20, 2014

    Germany sees ‘spectacular increase’ in immigrants

    Migration into Germany rose more than a third in 2012, as the continent’s strongest economy took in an additional 400,000...

  26. May 19, 2014

    Countries that excel at problem-solving encourage critical thinking

    Maths lessons have changed since Tom Ding was at school. Recalling his favourite subject, Ding remembers: “A big pile of...

  27. May 19, 2014

    Foreign investment in Africa set to reach record

    Africa will receive its highest flow of foreign investment this year as the continent’s growth accelerates towards levels...

  28. May 18, 2014

    Our waking hours increase with the demands of modern life

    Sleep might be a human universal, but attitudes towards it are anything but. Conventional wisdom in 21st-century western...

  29. May 11, 2014

    Survey shows gloomy mood of EU voters

    Two-thirds of French voters believed their country’s economy was worse than it was a year ago and felt less secure in their...

  30. May 11, 2014

    UK not alone in seeing pressure on house prices

    Double digit house price rises, an OECD warning that the market needs cooling, concern about housing affordability – sound...

  31. May 7, 2014

    Former chancellors warn of housing bubble danger

    Three former chancellors of the exchequer have urged George Osborne to rethink his Help to Buy programme, with the OECD also...

  32. May 7, 2014

    OECD urges countries to lower barriers in services trade

    Countries around the world need to lower barriers to the global trade in services, the OECD said on Wednesday as it released...

  33. May 6, 2014

    Switzerland pledges to lift veil on tax secrecy

    Switzerland, the world’s largest offshore financial centre, has pledged automatically to hand the details of foreign bank...

  34. May 6, 2014

    OECD urges European Central Bank to loosen monetary policy

    The OECD has urged the European Central Bank to cut interest rates, even as it said it expected the recovery in advanced...

  35. May 5, 2014

    Australia targets tax avoidance by multinational tech groups

    Australia has begun sharing intelligence with five countries to help target tax avoidance by multinational technology...

  36. May 4, 2014

    BlackRock leads protest against OECD tax plan

    BlackRock, Fidelity, Robeco and Pioneer have joined forces with asset management groups and fund associations around the...

  37. April 30, 2014

    US unemployment: A long-term trap

    Lalanya Tevyaw has been looking in vain for a job since last June, when she lost her $2,500-a-month position at a recycling...

  38. April 29, 2014

    Patent box holds key to Pfizer-AZ deal’s attraction

    The “patent box” – a big UK tax break for innovative companies – is an important part of the attraction for Pfizer as it...

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