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Why taxing global companies is hard

Should the profits on scotch whisky be taxed in Scotland, where it is made, or China where it is sold? And what about Google? Read the full post »
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Share the Road

Why cyclists cycle in the middle of the lane. Read the full post »
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Will we be the first generation to eradicate malaria?

This isn't the first time that Bill Gates and the UK government have announced a $3bn plan to eradicate malaria. Read the full post »
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Price discrimination and welfare costs

There is nothing inherently wrong with price discrimination. But some of the mechanisms firms use to enforce it have huge welfare costs. Read the full post »
Hillary Clinton attends the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting at The Shertaon New York Hotel on September 25, 2013 in New York City.

When the US Secretary of State reads your blog posts

One of my blog posts (written with Kim Elliott) ended up on Hillary Clinton's desk according to the latest batch of released emails. Read the full post »
A DFID staff member supervises the unloading of UK Aid  from a RAF C-17 aircaft  in Kathmundu Nepal on the 29 April 2015.

Commissioned by the Department for International Development.The flight is carrying vital UK Government aid stocks to Nepal, including shelter kits and solar lanterns. 

Images By Sgt Neil Bryden RAF

Strings attached

The Economist considers the implications of the UK's new aid strategy. Read the full post »
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Fat cats

By the end of today, the average Chief Executive of a FTSE 100 company will have been paid more than the average employee earns all year.  The same average employee will have been paid more than the average Ethiopian earns all year. Read the full post »