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David Blanchflower: Wages growth? The Bank of England appears to have lost its marbles

The Bank’s agents provided a special report on pay last week and showed they saw no expectation of much of any increase in wages growth at all

Boston in Massachusetts: America has not yet escaped the grip of the economic downturn

David Blanchflower: Beware - the American jobs market is still feeling the chill

There was a surge in hidden unemployment in the wake of the Great Recession

American Football marks out the US as a country apart – but that’s not the whole story

David Blanchflower: In some respects America and Britain aren’t so different

Both the US and the UK have  seen quite rapid increases in under-employment in recent years

Graffiti in Athens: Unemployment is Greece is high, but under-employment is a problem in many European countries, including the UK

David Blanchflower: Young people are suffering from austerity in the UK as well as in Greece

By one measure youth under-employment is worse in the UK than it is in Greece

The start of quantitative easing by the European Central Bank weakened the euro and could prompt interest rate cuts by other central banks

David Blanchflower: Hallelujah – the monetary hawks have admitted their mistake

Wages in the UK are not just going to rise by magic, as the MPC and the Office for Budget Responsibility have been expecting

Americans queuing for meals during the Depression, when falling prices caused massive problems (Library of Congress; The Crowley Company)

David Blanchflower: We should fear deflation – not welcome it

If very low inflation is such a good thing, why does the Bank of England have a 2 per cent target?

George Osborne unveiling the Conservatives’ first election poster: it actually showed a road in Germany

David Blanchflower: The Chancellor’s claims are as airbrushed as his election poster

It turns out that of the 760,000 additional businesses claimed by the Tories, 707,200 have no employees

The Chancellor, George Osborne, visiting a production line last month: productivity has been disappointing in the economy as a whole

David Blanchflower: The productivity puzzle hasn’t been solved and that’s very bad news

It is hard to see how productivity would rise in the face of Osborne’s unprecedented spending cuts

David Blanchflower: Claims made by the Chancellor three weeks ago are already in tatters

Data on Economic Well-Being shows the UK economy is not going to be the electoral asset the Tories hoped

Construction is among the sectors where growth has slowed since the spring

David Blanchflower: Heard that the UK's the fastest-growing economy? Don't you believe it

Evidence that the economy began to slow in late spring was apparent in the Bank of England agents’ report

Self-employment is particularly important in construction

David Blanchflower: Reasons to be concerned by the rise of self-employment

Self-employment conveys considerable risks: many lose their jobs, their houses, and even their marriages

Protesters at Downing Street: Less than half the cuts planned by George Osborne have been implemented so far

David Blanchflower: George Osborne needs to tell voters what will be cut and when

It really isn’t obvious to me, and the Chancellor hasn’t explained why, the budget needs to be balanced at all

Chancellor George Osborne holds a copy of the Autumn Statement at Downing Street on Tuesday
A third of the recent increase in employment has been from new European Union countries

Sorry, but this is no entrepreneurial revolution

Death rates are down but the vast proportion of these new firms are probably on life support

Transport and storage is among the industrial sectors where pay has been falling

David Blanchflower: Yet more evidence that pay is going nowhere fast

Wages are down 8.8 per cent since 2010. In only three sectors out of 19 was pay growth above 2 per cent

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