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Tim Harford

  • April 15, 2019

    A carbon tax is the nudge the world needs

    You can’t please everyone, it seems. Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to plant trees in order to absorb some of the carbon dioxide produced...

  • April 08, 2019

    Counting the economic costs and causes of Brexit

    “The economy, stupid.” Pinned to the wall, this motto famously reminded Bill Clinton’s campaign staff to stay on message as he ran for the US...

  • March 18, 2019

    Superstar companies lose their lustre

    Everyone seems to agree that we live in a “superstar economy” — one in which the leading companies are making dramatic strides both in...

  • February 04, 2019

    Super-rich are easy target for tax

    What should the top rate of income tax be? Should it be 70 per cent, as has been informally suggested by the young star of the US Democratic party,...

  • January 14, 2019

    Trump, May and the art of political brinkmanship

    Brinkmanship is an old idea, but not such an old word. It was first used in 1956, after US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles opined that “the...

  • December 17, 2018

    Stop sniping at cbanks and set clear targets

    What is the most important job in the world? President? Teacher? Parent? I suggest a post that would not feature on most people’s lists: central...

  • October 15, 2018

    Way out of climate change disaster

    What are the limits to economic growth — and have we already recklessly exceeded them? Such questions were raised this week by alarming report...