Jim Power, chief economist, Friends First

A number of economists have warned that October’s budget may be too early for the Government to take action to lower the amount of tax paid by people(...)

Best seller: Putting issues of inequality at the heart of economic debate, economist Thomas Piketty

Having surged to the top of best-seller lists, Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century continues to be among the most talked about econom(...)

United Auto Workers (UAW) picket outside General Motors. Union membership uin the US had declined rapidly as had income equality.

Capital in the 21st century, the best-selling book by French economist Thomas Piketty, has certainly struck a chord in political and economic debate,(...)

Does it make sense to sell one of Ireland’s largest indigenous companies, Bord Gáis Energy (BGE), to a foreign multinational to repay a fraction of th(...)

An Apple event in San Jose, California. Huge corporations like Apple, Google and Microsoft could be broken up, as Standard Oil was in the past. Photograph: New York Times

Vodafone’s sale of its US business – one of the biggest corporate deals in history – tells how modern capitalism works. Instead of investing the £84 b(...)

“The distribution of national income, between wages on one side and profits and rents on the other, was of major interest to classical economists.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Workers’ share of national income has been in decline in most countries for more than three decades, but the decline has been concealed by growth. Thi(...)