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Singapore smog 'could last for weeks'

Singapore smog 'could last for weeks' | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
Singapore's prime minister warns that the haze engulfing the city could last for weeks, as air pollution in the city-state soared to record levels.
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Negative externalities...the impact of the desire to grow?

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UK and China in £21bn currency deal

UK and China in £21bn currency deal | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
The Bank of England and its Chinese counterpart agree a currency deal likely to boost trade between the UK and China in the yuan.
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Consider the impacts of this deal for both economies - is there one main winner?

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Economic benefits of HS2 questioned

Economic benefits of HS2 questioned | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
The HS2 rail project has an estimated £3.3bn funding gap and the benefits for the economy are "unclear", the National Audit Office says.
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Evaluating supply-side policies - can the economic benefits be seen straight away? What are the issues with data forecasting??

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Eurozone unemployment at record high

Eurozone unemployment at record high | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
Eurozone joblessness surges to a new high, while inflation hits a three-year low, raising expectations that the European Central Bank will cut interest rates.
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Trade off between inflation and unemployment - application of the Phillips Curve?

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Spain revises down economic forecast

Spain revises down economic forecast | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
Spain's government lowers its forecast for the Spanish economy this year, warning the level of contraction is likely to be worse than previously estimated.
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How high will unemployment in Spain actually go!! Fiscal policy decisions and supply side policies...

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China's growth lower than forecast

China's growth lower than forecast | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
China's economy, the world's second-largest, performs worse than many analysts had expected in the first three months of the year.
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Keeping you up to date on the monster that is China...lots of examples in here also

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Budget 2013: Britain's debt and deficit - Telegraph

Budget 2013: Britain's debt and deficit  - Telegraph | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
We look at how Britain's debt and deficit has changed under Conservative and Labour governments over the past four decades.
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topical today!

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Ed Balls: cut tax to boost economy - Telegraph

Ed Balls: cut tax to boost economy - Telegraph | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
George Osborne should cut income tax in next week’s Budget to kick-start Britain’s economy, the shadow chancellor tells the Daily Telegraph.
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Discussion on Fiscal Policy in the UK...what do you think??

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Benefits changes will push children into poverty, says archbishop of Canterbury

Benefits changes will push children into poverty, says archbishop of Canterbury | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
Iain Duncan Smith hits back at Justin Welby's criticism with claim that existing system is 'not moral or fair'
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Changes to welfare benefits - another area of spending used by the Government in order to improve equity in the distribution of income - will their changes lead to further inequality and lead to increased numbers of those in relative poverty???

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Will China fall flat on its face?

Will China fall flat on its face? | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
We've seen the China story once before - the unstoppable rise of an East Asian giant - but post-1990 Japan didn't work as predicted.
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Excellent comparison of China vs. Japan - good facts and figures about the economy in terms of all macro objectives - excellent for examples e.g. fisscal policy infrastructure spending

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Special Report: Income Inequality Rising Across the Globe - Analyst Insight from Euromonitor International

Special Report: Income Inequality Rising Across the Globe - Analyst Insight from Euromonitor International | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
Euromonitor International analyses the rising income inequality across the globe.
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Excellent topical discussion on income inequality across the globe -PRIORITISE READING FULLY

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Bernanke Says Raising Interest Rates Early Risks Stifling Growth

Bernanke Says Raising Interest Rates Early Risks Stifling Growth | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke signaled he will keep the Fed’s target interest rate low to support the economy, even as some colleagues warn the policy risks triggering financial market instability.
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US Fed decisions on monetary policy in the US for now and in the future. Consider the impact of their decisions on growth, unemployment and future investment/productivity levels...

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Week in China: Three Gorges Dam

Week in China: Three Gorges Dam | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
As China prepares for a new generation of leaders to take power, the BBC is spending a week on the road looking at both the challenges ahead for the world's most populous nation and the advances it has made.
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Inequality in China

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Central banks told to halt support

Central banks told to halt support | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) says banks have done their bit to help economic recovery and now governments must do more.
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Is it time for the Central Banks to pull back their efforts?

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OECD cuts eurozone growth forecasts

OECD cuts eurozone growth forecasts | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
The OECD has again cut its growth forecasts for the eurozone and called on the European Central Bank to consider doing more to boost growth.
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Keeping up to date with the world's major economies...

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South Korea central bank cuts rates

South Korea central bank cuts rates | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
South Korea's central bank cuts its key interest rate in a surprise move aimed at boosting growth and countering the weak Japanese yen.
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For those of you who forget to use examples...you know who you are...please read through this one for Monetary Policy!

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Firms rush to relocate in low-tax Britain - Telegraph

Firms rush to relocate in low-tax Britain - Telegraph | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
More than 40 multinational companies have inquired about relocating their headquarters to the UK because of the cuts in corporation tax.
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Effectiveness of fiscal policy - great news for Mr Osbourne?

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US economic growth reaches 2.5%

US economic growth reaches 2.5% | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
The US economy grew at an annualised pace of 2.5% in the first quarter of the year, weaker than expected despite strong consumer spending figures.
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Components of AD evaluation point and policies not operating in isolation

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Adults struggling with basic maths, with one-in-five requiring a calculator for even the most simple sums

Adults struggling with basic maths, with one-in-five requiring a calculator for even the most simple sums | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
Adults struggle with simple sums and rely on the use of calculators for the most basic mathematics, according to new research.
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Productivity of UK labour force - argument for increased investment in supply-side policies?

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The job-rich depression

The job-rich depression | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
BRITAIN’S economy has had an odd five years. In output terms, things have been terrible. The slump that started in 2008 is far worse than the 1930s depression;...
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Could supply-side policies help here?

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Deficit, national debt and government borrowing - how has it changed since 1946?

Deficit, national debt and government borrowing - how has it changed since 1946? | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
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very topical for our discussions right now!!

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Youth unemployment: The big question

Youth unemployment: The big question | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
In South Africa the debate rages between those who think the state should give money to companies who take on younger workers and those who don't.
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South Africa - impact of youth unemployment. Excellent examples of the impact of high unemployment figures, and the policies the government has implemented in order to curb this. Could you evaluate the effectiveness of such policies/suggest alternatives policies the Government could implement?

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China inflation hits 10-month high

China inflation hits 10-month high | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
China's inflation rate hits a 10-month high in February, as Lunar New Year festivities drive up food prices.
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Further information on China's economy - trade off between inflation and economic growth. Good evaluation point for policies not working in isolation

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Wrong numbers

Wrong numbers | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
FOR Brazilians, disappointing economic news just keeps coming. After weak third-quarter GDP figures shocked market economists and government at the end of November,...
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Stagflation in Brazil - what are the causes? What are the consequences?

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How Income Inequality Is Damaging the U.S. - Forbes

How Income Inequality Is Damaging the U.S. - Forbes | IBMacroEconomics | Scoop.it
English: A chart demonstrating increases in the annual income of the top 1% of wealthy persons in the U.S. before economic crises.
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Excellent discussion on the detrimental impacts of income inequality in the US

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