Economics

Interview: Meet Mariana Mazzucato, big-state capitalism’s new champion

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Higher taxes and bigger government are needed, says the economist Mariana Mazzucato

Letters: Why do you not mention gun control?

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Let’s talk about guns Sir: I was surprised that the cover stories on the recent shootings in Las Vegas (‘Say…

What ‘shareholder value’ really means

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Two programmes this week presented two radically different world views, or rather ways of life. Aditya Chakrabortty’s series for Radio…

The myth of Britain’s decline

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Britain is a strong and wealthy nation. Let’s behave like one

Politics and the English language in 2017

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Politics and the English language in 2017

Wall Street seems happy for now... but watch out for the Trump slump

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Matthew Lynn says investors should think about getting out of American stocks while the going is good

Amartya Sen on Brexit: ‘It’s frivolous to say Britain has decided’

28 January 2017 9:00 am

The Nobel prize-winning economist Amartya Sen on Brexit, the euro and Donald Trump’s America

Michael Gove was (accidentally) right about experts

14 January 2017 9:00 am

They’re often wrong but they seldom admit it

Let food prices rise! The Spectator’s answer to shortages, 1916

3 December 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The food shortage and how to meet it’, The Spectator, 2 December 1916: A rise in prices, if properly understood…

Happy days: Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman in the late 1970s, photographed in the garden of Tversky’s house in Stanford, California

The great intellectual bromance of the last century — between Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Two brilliant psychologists in the 1970s changed our understanding about the way we think and the choices we make – with momentous consequences, says Steven Poole

How bad is Mark Carney’s relationship with Theresa May?

5 November 2016 9:00 am

How bad is Mark Carney’s relationship with Theresa May?

What Putin and JFK have in common

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Bear baiting Sir: I couldn’t agree more with Rod Liddle’s exposé of western politico-militaristic hypocrisy (‘Stop the sabre-rattling’, 22 October). We’ve…

The man who triumphed over Project Fear

1 October 2016 9:00 am

The economist who made a stand against Project Fear

Interest rates have been too low for too long

1 October 2016 8:00 am

Central banks are still keeping interest rates at rock bottom. When the 2007-8 financial crisis struck, reducing interest rates was…

The internet of stupid things is crowding out real innovation

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Back in the 1980s a colleague of mine was paranoid about being burgled. Before he went away on a two-week…

Why today’s middle classes buy such stupid stuff

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but middle-class rules now require that every dinner party cheeseboard must contain at least two…

Warning: rationality could be bad for your health

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Almost every popular commercial product owes its success to two different qualities. First, it does the job it is ostensibly…

Why the Spanish may be better off without a government

30 April 2016 9:00 am

The Spanish seem to be doing better without one

Warning: the FTSE100 isn’t out of the woods just yet

23 April 2016 9:00 am

When the FTSE100 fell close to 5,500 in February, we all said ‘Mr Bear is back’. On Tuesday the index…

What makes Argos worth £1.4 billion? I reckon I know

9 April 2016 9:00 am

When I was at school in the 1970s, some of the richer kids would come back from their summer holidays…

It’s not the Corbynites who are in denial – it’s the Labour moderates

19 March 2016 9:00 am

It has become commonplace to remark that there exists in Britain a mainstream political grouping that seems to be dwelling…

Who killed murder?

19 March 2016 9:00 am

The mystery of violent crime’s dramatic decline

Farmers’ market: The Common Agricultural Policy colours Brussels’ thinking on all aspects of trade

A sober economic analysis shows that Brexit is best

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Your need-to-know guide to the economics of Brexit

Comment: can you plot a course through this time of radical uncertainty?

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Hard choices ahead for voters and investors alike

France can’t build its own new nuclear power stations, let alone ours

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Amid all the turmoil in global energy markets, we should not lose sight of the UK power programme that we’re…