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Want more inventors? Then try lowering the top rate of tax

Want more inventors? Then try lowering the top rate of tax | #ECON4 | Scoop.it
Countries with modest top rates of income and business tax attract a greater number of star scientists, entrepreneurs and inventors
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The EU common agricultural policy

The EU common agricultural policy | #ECON4 | Scoop.it
EU farming ministers have reached a long-awaited agreement on CAP reform. Simon Jeffery explains.
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Some of the facts behind the Common Agricultural Policy

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Is deglobalisation on the way? - BBC News

Is deglobalisation on the way? - BBC News | #ECON4 | Scoop.it
Duncan Weldon assesses if "regionalisation" is set to become the new globalisation.
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Evaluation of globalisation

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Brexit – what would happen if Britain left the EU?

Brexit – what would happen if Britain left the EU? | #ECON4 | Scoop.it
Growth, trade, immigration, jobs, diplomacy: what would the impact be if a 2017 referendum pushed UK towards the exit?
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Why use negative interest rates?

Why use negative interest rates? | #ECON4 | Scoop.it
Interest rates have fallen below zero for a growing number of borrowers, meaning that in effect they are being paid to borrow someone else's money. Why?
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Monetary Policy

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EU imposes anti-dumping duties on stainless steel from China and Taiwan

EU imposes anti-dumping duties on stainless steel from China and Taiwan | #ECON4 | Scoop.it
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Protectionism

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Cheap petrol, falling food prices… What’s not to like? Quite a lot, actually

Cheap petrol, falling food prices… What’s not to like? Quite a lot, actually | #ECON4 | Scoop.it
Forecasts of higher living standards by the end of the year depend, among other things, on pay rising. But there are a lot of reasons why that may not happen
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5 Russian Food Producers Winning From Economic Crisis and Import Ban | Business

5 Russian Food Producers Winning From Economic Crisis and Import Ban | Business | #ECON4 | Scoop.it
Recession, rising inflation and a currency collapse have combined with Western sanctions and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine to cast a pall of gloom over Russian business.
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Domestic winners from import restrictions. 

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Chinese inflation falls to 0.8%, fuelling fears of deflationary spiral

Chinese inflation falls to 0.8%, fuelling fears of deflationary spiral | #ECON4 | Scoop.it
Prices rose at their slowest rate for five years, official figures show, driven by weak demand, property downturn and falling oil prices
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Deflationary spiral

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Young, gifted and Greek: Generation G – the world’s biggest brain drain

Young, gifted and Greek: Generation G – the world’s biggest brain drain | #ECON4 | Scoop.it
More than 200,000 Greeks have left the country since the financial crisis hit. The Guardian meets some who will be watching this weekend’s elections with great interest
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The effects of lack of growth - The Brain Drain

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‘Who will pick our fruit?’ Worried farmers fear for future if Britain quits EU

‘Who will pick our fruit?’ Worried farmers fear for future if Britain quits EU | #ECON4 | Scoop.it
From Yorkshire to Kent, the message is that Brexit could deal a devastating blow to agriculture
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Different groups, different perspectives... Good evaluation

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Why economists are questioning the UK's growth numbers

Why economists are questioning the UK's growth numbers | #ECON4 | Scoop.it
As economists wrangle with GDP data on both sides of the Atlantic, can we rely on the economic data governments publish?
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Many businesses do not fear leaving the EU - BBC News

Many businesses do not fear leaving the EU - BBC News | #ECON4 | Scoop.it
JCB's chief executive says Britain is too important for the rest of Europe to ignore.
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TTIP: Why the EU-US trade deal matters - BBC News

TTIP: Why the EU-US trade deal matters - BBC News | #ECON4 | Scoop.it
What is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and why does it matter?
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Trade deals

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European Commission agrees to use social progress tool alongside GDP

European Commission agrees to use social progress tool alongside GDP | #ECON4 | Scoop.it
The Social Progress Index, now used by the European Commission, considers social and environmental indicators to measure a country’s success
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A different measure of growth to GDP increases

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UK risks economic blow outside EU - Open Europe study

UK risks economic blow outside EU - Open Europe study | #ECON4 | Scoop.it
Leaving the EU could cost the UK economy 2.2% of total output (GDP) by 2030, a study by the think-tank Open Europe says.
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Some more good stats if the UK were to leave the EU

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Leaving EU would make UK the North Korea of Europe, warns Gordon Brown

Leaving EU would make UK the North Korea of Europe, warns Gordon Brown | #ECON4 | Scoop.it
In article for the Guardian, former PM says an EU exit would leave Britain out in the cold with few friends and no influence
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US-EU trade deal - the Guardian briefing

US-EU trade deal - the Guardian briefing | #ECON4 | Scoop.it
What is TTIP, other than an ugly acronym? And will it boost global prosperity by billions of pounds every year – or just make big business ever more influential and unaccountable. As US and EU negotiators get into the nitty gritty this week, here’s the lowdown on what promises to be the world’s biggest ever trade deal.
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Protectionism

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