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  1. May 23, 2014

    Piketty findings undercut by errors

    Thomas Piketty’s book, ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’, has been the publishing sensation of the year. Its thesis of...

  2. February 20, 2014

    Growth must deliver or policy must change

    Stock and bond market volatility combined with data disappointments have brought the 2014 global growth recovery story to a...

  1. January 7, 2014

    World champion Magnus Carlsen brings glamour to world of chess

    Watching Magnus Carlsen stroll between chessboards to defeat one London financier after another, it is not obvious why the...

  2. November 22, 2013

    Norwegian chess genius, 22, takes world title

    Magnus Carlsen, the 22-year-old Norwegian chess genius, has taken the world championship title, becoming the first western...

  3. May 8, 2013

    Reinhart and Rogoff publish formal correction

    Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff have published an errata to their 2010 paper on public debt and...

  4. May 5, 2013

    The buck does not stop with Reinhart and Rogoff

    The economics commentariat – and no small part of the political debate – has been consumed in the past few weeks with...

  5. April 25, 2013

    The New Deal for Europe: more reform, less austerity

    Britain and Spain once went to war over the severed ear of a ship’s captain. The annals of unusual conflicts will surely...

  6. April 22, 2013

    Stars aligning against EU austerity

    It would, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano told La Stampa a week ago, be “una non soluzione” to reappoint him in an...

  7. April 21, 2013

    Perils of placing faith in a thin theory

    John Kenneth Galbraith memorably put down his fellow economist Milton Friedman by saying: “Milton’s misfortune was that his...

  8. April 19, 2013

    A dose of reality for the dismal science

    For a few years, advocates of rapid fiscal austerity have argued as though public debt is like a black hole – once it...

  9. April 19, 2013

    Don’t write gold’s obituary just yet

    Both inspired tribal loyalties, both tended to be feted by those who support sound money and fiscal conservatism, and both...

  10. April 19, 2013

    Reinhart-Rogoff austerity case still stands

    Sometimes a book completely changes our outlook. In 2009, in the midst of the global financial crisis, Carmen Reinhart and...

  11. April 18, 2013

    Osborne girds for battle with IMF

    George Osborne, the poster boy of fiscal hawks around the world, used to cite in defence of Britain’s rolling five-year...

  12. April 18, 2013

    Global Insight: Austerians stand their ground over deficit

    It would be natural to think austerians were on the defensive at the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and...

  13. April 17, 2013

    Perils of austerity theory take centre stage

    The brouhaha over a 2010 paper by Kenneth Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart highlights an essential problem with all research on...

  14. April 17, 2013

    Austerity after Reinhart and Rogoff

    In 2010, two Harvard economists published an academic paper that spoke to the world’s biggest policy question: should we cut...

  15. April 17, 2013

    Harvard duo defend case for austerity

    Kenneth Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart, the two economists who have been accused of sloppy statistical analysis, have defended...

  16. December 27, 2012

    In an economy not so far, far away

    Imagine a time when all undesirable work is done by automated systems or robots. What would it mean? Would there be a...

  17. April 19, 2012

    Some Tolstoyan advice for the UK on debt

    The UK’s debt problem has been exaggerated. That was the thesis of a provocative speech on “deleveraging” by Ben Broadbent,...

  18. March 16, 2012

    Fed tries to muscle past ‘seven lean years’

    Five ugly syllables explain why I, and others, are pessimistic of the chances for a lengthy bull market in world stocks:...

  19. February 3, 2012

    Lunch with the FT: Kenneth Rogoff

    Ken Rogoff has been coming to the World Economic Forum in Davos for a decade but he has never yet had a decent lunch....

  20. February 1, 2012

    Our ignorance will yield more crises in capitalism

    Over the past three weeks, contributors to these pages have engaged in a vigorous debate on the merits of contemporary...

  21. January 24, 2012

    Experts share downbeat mood at forum

    Delegates heading for the World Economic Forum in Davos are in for a shock. Although the mood in financial markets has...

  22. November 28, 2011

    Low growth and high debt is the sovereign curse

    It has become accepted wisdom – as popularised by economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff – that sovereign debt levels...

  23. September 27, 2011

    Fear and loathing in the eurozone

    The annual meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund over the weekend brought together frightened and angry...

  24. September 26, 2011

    Brady plan architect rejects EU transplant

    The Brady plan that rescued Latin American countries in the 1990s from their debt crisis cannot be applied to the eurozone,...

  25. August 30, 2011

    Struggling with a great contraction

    What has the market turmoil of August been telling us? The answer, I suggest, is three big things: first, the...

  26. August 21, 2011

    Western economies face a long haul back to health

    Among the various doom-laden brokers’ circulars crossing my screen last week, one of the more eye-catching was from London’s...

  27. August 11, 2011

    First of all do no harm, then start thinking

    The real Lord Keynes was the editor of a series of interwar elementary guides to economic ideas, which had a common...

  28. August 11, 2011

    What the heck, let’s have a few years of higher inflation

    From Prof Paul Hallwood. Sir, Kenneth Rogoff so casually suggests a few years of increased inflation to reduce debt burdens...

  29. August 11, 2011

    Deleveraging via the demand side, with a nice byproduct

    From Dr Kevin Amess. Sir, It is important for policymakers to understand the mechanisms through which monetary expansion...

  30. August 8, 2011

    The bullets yet to be fired to stop the crisis

    Four years into the financial crisis, it is becoming increasingly clear that the biggest deficit is not in credit, but...

  31. July 20, 2011

    Developed world cannot thrive at ‘stall speed’

    Debt is the disease – growth is the cure, but as the latter falters, economies and their associated financial markets hang...

  32. June 9, 2011

    An Americas currency bloc is out of the question

    From Dr Desmond Lachman. Sir, At the very time when the euro is showing the clearest of signs of unravelling, one has to be...

  33. May 13, 2011

    Threat of stagflation rears its head

    High inflation, low growth. Sound familiar? The spectre of 1970s-style “stagflation”, banished for decades, has crept back...

  34. February 14, 2011

    Ignorant economists

    Economists are learning from the financial crisis. But investors should not relax. The gaps in the profession’s knowledge...

  35. January 25, 2011

    Asia has had enough of excusing the west

    Most crises are known by their origin, from the Mexican peso crisis of 1994/5 to the Asian crisis of 1997/8. Given there is...

  36. January 18, 2011

    Brazil continues to wrestle with dilemma over interest rates

    Shortly after Dilma Rousseff won Brazil’s presidential election last year, the central bank published an innocuous-looking...

  37. January 12, 2011

    Euro looks set to win the race to the bottom

    Currency movements are notoriously difficult to explain, much less predict. Even so, 2010 was an exceptionally tough year....

  38. January 3, 2011

    Battles loom between creditors and borrowers

    ‘Everyone has to bear the great burden’ of debt and taxes, warns a French engraving circa 1789. Now, 222 years on, concern...

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