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

A protest against low pay in Hyde Park: before the recession wages were rising at more than 4 per cent a year

David Blanchflower: Why we won’t have real pay growth until 2016 at the earliest

The level of slack in the UK labour market remains substantial

George Osborne with Mateusz Szczurek, Polish finance minister, and Lord Hill, European Financial Commissioner, in Brussels

David Blanchflower: Economic sentiment has turned – bad news for George Osborne

It now seems that business and consumer confidence started to collapse around the spring of 2014

Wages have fallen by an average of 10 per cent in the professional, scientific and technical sector

David Blanchflower: The Bank of England should get ready for more downside surprises

The national statistic Average Weekly Earnings (AWE) has shown absolutely no evidence at all of any wage growth for a couple of years

In his conference speech George Osborne claimed that Britain was the best-performing advanced economy

Sorry, George, but simply cutting the benefits of the poor is not going to make them work harder

Britain is not the fastest-growing, most job-creating, deficit-reducing, of any major advanced economy

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The trustees of the Lehman Brothers estate say that Jonathan Hoffman is trying to get paid twice

Ben Chu reports on the case that has lifted the lid on investment bankers' astronomical rewards

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‘Pragmatic’ reforms may not be enough for the tax campaigners who protested outside Barclays’ AGM
Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
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Tesco has been audited by PwC since 1983
James Moore: Change the incentives and you change the behaviour – that’s the theory
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Athens is attempting to negotiate a better deal with its creditor nations in the European Union
Hamish McRae thinks that there will be a deal that enables the government to continue functioning in response for concessions that it can argue are just about within its red lines
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There are good reasons to think it will be a temporary bout, but we are not home and dry yet, says Ben Chu
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Nothing Thomas Cook could ever do would bring back the two children killed by carbon monoxide poisoning on a Greek holiday in 2006. But the firm’s handling of the case has been a lesson in how not to manage a crisis. Joanna Bourke reports
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Research showed that one individual lost more than £13,000 in a gambling session lasting more than seven hours
Having meandered rather aimlessly for a couple of years, the awkwardly named Bwin.party suddenly finds itself cast in the role of Portia in The Merchant of Venice, beset by suitors on all sides, says James Moore
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The chief executive of advertising giant WPP writes exclusively for The Independent
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BrewDog, now Scotland’s largest independent brewer, has a great tale. David Prosser tells it
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Chancellor George Osborne says he has a mandate for more austerity
So we are supposed to believe wage growth, productivity and GDP growth will not be impacted by the austerity that is to come, even though they were last time? David Blanchflower doesn't think so
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The Bank of England Governor wants to ‘dampen down’ the idea that migrant workers, such as these fruit-pickers in Surrey, are an economic problem
Claims have abounded this week that new migrants are to blame for weak pay growth in Britain in recent years - but the evidence suggests otherwise, says Ben Chu
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Verizon made the purchase in order to compete with the likes of Google and Facebook
The pop star Prince is enjoying something of a career revival in the United States. And, fittingly, Silicon Valley is also partying like it’s 1999. Andrew Dewson reports
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Bob Diamond raised $325m for his African venture in 2013
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