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    1. October 7, 2014

      We are trapped in a cycle of credit booms

      Huge expansions in credit followed by crises and attempts to manage the aftermath have become a feature of the world...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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,...

    19. 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:...

    20. 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....

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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,...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. February 14, 2011

      Ignorant economists

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

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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....

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