Bookmarks (16)

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    Your absurd hypothetical questions, answered

    One of my favourite books of the year was Randall Munroe’s What If? 2, which like...

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    Storage is one of the least sexy words around. That’s a problem

    In January 2020, the Harford family filled a spare cupboard with pasta and tinned food. Our...

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    Quitting is underrated

    “I am a fighter and not a quitter,” said Liz Truss, the day before quitting. She...

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    Struck by the power of the simple invention

    “I was really taken aback,” Dr Dilip Mahalanabis recalled of arriving at Bangaon’s city hospital in...

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    The one thing we all get wrong when choosing Christmas presents

    “Christmas is coming”, laments Ellen Stuart, “and I have got to think up presents for everybody . . . Dear...

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    How to leave Twitter but keep your followers

    Thanks to Elon Musk’s rather erratic approach to free speech, employee relations, subscriptions, parodies and disinformation,...

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    Farewell to cakeism, and welcome to the age of the possible

    You can’t always get what you want, a young man once sang. It’s a simple aphorism,...

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    How to tax (a guide for governments)

    In 1789, an octogenarian Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter containing the famous opinion that “in this...

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    Announcing my next book, The Truth Detective

    Do you have what it takes to be a Truth Detective? Did you know that a...

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    Uncertainty delays investment. Please can the Conservative party take note?

    Liz Truss overlooked it. So did poor Kwasi Kwarteng. So did the Nobel Prize committee in...

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    Five ideas that might actually boost UK growth

    Last week, I made the case that economic growth matters and raising the rate of growth...

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    Liz Truss’s growth delusion

    There is a fashionable line of attack against Liz Truss’s single-minded focus on growth: what about...

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    How much money will actually make you happy?

    When I was a student, a friend of mine fantasised about earning £100 a day. It...

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    Economists must get more in touch with our feelings

    Feelings matter. That is obvious enough. Less obvious is what social scientists and policy wonks should...

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    What we keep getting wrong about inflation

    What is inflation? The answer seems obvious: when things get more expensive, that’s inflation, and it’s...