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By the time we get to polling day, still a month away, this could turn out to have been a very expensive election, indeed. How confident are we that these resources would be put to better use in public hands than in private?
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Brexit continues to dominate the headlines - but the UK economy faces many other important challenges. Inequality in the housing market, poverty among working people and reducing greenhouse gas emissions are among them.
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Policymakers and clinicians in global health often face considerable uncertainty when making decisions. Statistical uncertainty—arising from the fact that analysis and modelling typically use samples rather than whole populations—can be accounted for by placing confidence intervals on the ...
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"Costs, priorities, risks, returns, and value for money all matter" - we need to remember that as the spending pledges roll in this general election, writes Paul Johnson.
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Why has wealth accumulation stalled for younger generations? In the case of the 1980s generation, those in their early 30s actually have about 20 per cent less wealth on average than those born in the 1970s had at that age.
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Our education system isn't working as well as it should be. It "creates failure and then does far too little to help those who fail."
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Small businesses are widely perceived to be the engines of growth and employment. That’s one reason why most self-employment income, dividends and capital gains are taxed at lower rates than wage income.
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"Betting on no-deal now", writes Isabel Stockton in the New Statesman, "is not only a short-term risk, but a gamble on the relationship between growth and interest rates remaining favourable 30, 40 or 50 years into the future."
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Setting supposedly binding fiscal rules, missing them, abandoning them and replacing them with something new has become something of a habit.
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In the long term the only sustainable response to a smaller economy is to spend less on public services or tax more to support them.