People used to scoff at the idea of working 9 to 5. Now we can but dream of it. Working within such tight time limitations and with little sense of au(...)

Real Greek gross domestic product per capita fell 26 per cent from 2007 to 2013, compared with a German decline of 29 per cent from 1913 to 1919

Try to talk about the policies we need in a depressed world economy, and someone is sure to counter with the spectre of Weimar Germany, supposedly an (...)

 Barack Obama: it goes without saying the president’s fiscal proposals will be attacked by Republicans. Photograph: John Gress/Reuters

By the time you read this President Barack Obama will have called for a significant increase in spending, reversing the harsh cuts of the past few yea(...)

Experiences: when you’re biking “you’re really focusing, and that is hugely satisfying”, says James Wallman. Photograph: Daniel Milchev/Stone/Getty

As anyone with a Facebook page knows, as they scroll through other people’s family outings, kitesurfing adventures and faraway sunsets, “experience” i(...)

Sign of the times: Ajai Chopra of the IMF on his way to the Central Bank of Ireland in November 2010. Photogrpah: Peter Morrison/AP

When the International Monetary Fund came to Dublin in 2010, it had an interloper in its ranks. Hanging back a little, Liaquat Ahamed blended in ea(...)

European policy makers “are doing everything they can to stop recovery taking off, so they should not be surprised if there is in fact no take-off. It is balanced-budget fundamentalism, and it has become religious”.

John Maynard Keynes famously argued that politicians and policy makers are often “slaves to some defunct economist”. I think he was only partially cor(...)

The pension problem is a very long-term one but the pain of solving it is likely to be taken in the short term. Photograph: Frank Miller

In the long run, we are all dead. This much is familiar to most investment professionals, but John Maynard Keynes’ oft-quoted dictum continues like(...)

Of 450 employees surveyed, 60 per cent access and respond to emails outside office hours

Back in the 1930s, economist John Maynard Keynes confidently predicted modern technology would deliver a 15-hour working week, with people choosing mo(...)

The euro sculpture outside of the European Central Bank building in Frankfurt. Photograph: Arne Dedert/EPA

Mario Draghi’s latest cuts in interest rates are virtually unprecedented. Danish and Swedish central banks have flirted with similar moves but the Eur(...)

Thomas Piketty’s  “Capital in the 21st Century” has fuelled fierce debates about inequality. Photograph: Ed Alcock/New York Times service

It is one of the unlikeliest bestsellers in memory – a 685-page tome full of historical census and tax data and literary allusions to the likes(...)