LINKS to 2013 ECONOMICS news articles - collated by Henry Adams 
 My web-site HUB page HERE

For my introduction to economics and links to websites, books, and non-date-sensitive literature on economics see
Also see my page of unsorted refs/links (all subjects mixed up but in approx chronological order):
For my 2011 to 2013 links archive see my - but beware - it's a big file.
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Items within each section are in approximate chronological order (most recent first); not fully comprehensive - just the selection I've spotted.

Jumps to sections:        INEQUALITY & living wage         OCCUPY movement             ROBIN HOOD TAX          New or progressive economics that work even if ZERO GROWTH                TAX DODGING by the rich and by corporations & TAX HAVENS & City of London
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Unclassified economics links:

The economic madness of Help to Buy 7oct13  new economics foundation
StreetBank - Sharing in your Neighbourhood
Five Minutes with Chantal Mouffe  “Most countries in Europe are in a post-political situation”   British Politics and Policy at LSE
BBC News c.23sep13 - Ed Miliband vows to cut business rates for small firms
Why the Coalition’s austerity story is so powerful - and how we can counter it  11sep13 new economics foundation
The Alternative to AUSTERITY - Richard Lawson - search re AUSTERIY:

Ed Miliband's living wage is as naive as his energy price freeze   Simon Jenkins   Comment is free   The Guardian - much of his text I agree with, except I am all for a living wage - & a min age that is index linked to inflation, and this may need some tax help to S's of SMEs.
MMT: Debt, Deficits, and Modern Monetary Theory By Winston Gee  |  October 16, 2011  |  3:56 AM Bill Mitchell is the Research Professor in Economics and the Director of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity at the University of Newcastle, Australia. The following is an edited transcript of the interview, conducted August 15, 2011.   Harvard International Review via MonkWonk  v readable
Whose recovery is this  That's the great election question If competition over living standards for low and middle earners does become the next battleground, that's cause for celebration 6sep13 Polly Toynbee   Comment is free   The Guardian
Who Funds The TaxPayer’s Alliance  ← Terence Eden's Blog   Mark Littlewood -of TPA - why does the BBC allow him so much airtime without revealing who he represents - i.e. who funds him. Their only plus point - they are against HS2.  Article refers also to Super PACS in USA.
Super PACs  - OpenSecrets "Super PACs are a new kind of political action committee created in July 2010 following the outcome of a federal court case known v. Federal Election Commission.   Technically known as independent expenditure-only committees, Super PACs may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations and individuals, then spend unlimited sums to overtly advocate for or against political candidates. Super PACs must, however, report their donors to the Federal Election Commission on a monthly or quarterly basis -- the Super PAC's choice -- as a traditional PAC would. Unlike traditional PACs, Super PACs are prohibited from donating money directly to political candidates."
TPA Who is behind the Taxpayers' Alliance    Politics 9oct09  The Guardian
** Treasury [Dave Ramsden, Chief Economist at Treasury] kills off environment study - 3mar13

Circular Economy pdf
BBC News - Streets of London 'paved with gold' 16jul13  palladium Veolia

Rents are going to continue rising until the government regulates them   Left Foot Forward 15jul13 

Coppola Comment  What derailed the UK recovery

Adnan Al-Daini  The BBC Has a Duty to Enliven the Economic Debate 25jun13

MYTHS LIES scapegoating etc by DWP IDS: Lies, damned lies and Iain Duncan Smith’s “statistics”   Blog   False Economy 27jun13

**** Who wants a 'money tree' James Greyson blindspotter

Osborne’s Spending Review  An £11.5bn Slap in the Face for Public Sector Workers, Pensioners and the Poor   Scriptonite Daily 26jun13 "Where Will the Axe Fall?  I will not rehash Osborne’s entire Spending Review, you can find that here.  Instead I want to focus on some key cuts.  It is also useful not to think of them as cuts, but transfers.  Each cut from the infrastructure, the services and the social security systems of our state have simply been transferred to fund the privatisation and commercialisation of our state.  Total Spending Osborne announced pubic spending of £745bn in 2015/6.  This is actually £1bn more than he has previously announced.  It means the overall spending as a % of GDP is actually be several higher than Labour’s last year prior to the Bank Bailout.  "The government is not cutting spending, it is radically changing what we spend our taxes on.  This is the key to understanding the ideological nature of bogus austerity.  It is not tightening the belt, it is taking food from the mouths of the poorest, to stockpile it for the richest."

Talk of the devil: Osborne speech: Spending Round 2013  speech - Oral statements to Parliament - Inside Government - GOV.UK   "Instead of the £157 billion the last government was borrowing, this year, we are set to borrow £108 billion pounds.  That’s £49 billion less in borrowing.  That’s virtually the entire education budget.  ... I can report that the biggest single saving we’ve made in government is the £6 billion pounds a year less we are paying to service our debts.  ... Mr Speaker, the deficit has come down by a third.  Yet at over seven per cent, it remains far too high, so we must continue to take action.  So the figures today show that until 2017-18, Total Managed Expenditure – in other words, the total amount of government spending - will continue to fall in real terms at the same average rate as it is falling today.  The task before us today is to spell out what that means for 2015-16.  Total Managed Expenditure will be £745 billion.  To put that huge sum into context, consider this: if government spending had been allowed to rise through this Parliament at the average rate of the last three decades, that total would have been £120 billion pounds higher.  This Government has taken unprecedented steps to achieve this expenditure control.  But now we need to find £11.5 billion of further savings."

'Financial dislocation' - Frances Coppola 26jun13  I posted comments to this <<<<<<<

Letters  Westminster now has three parties of austerity - Caroline Lucas 24jun13

Simon Wren-Lewis blog: mainly macro  'The intellectual bankruptcy of the austerians' 24jun13
Simon Wren-Lewis blog: mainly macro  'Fiscal legacies and competence'

Labour can achieve radical change amid austerity, says Ed Miliband   Politics   The Guardian 21jun13 Patrick Wintour & Andrew Sparrow  "Miliband's decision to announce this month that the party would accept coalition plans for current spending for 2015-16 – but not necessarily for capital spending – has alarmed some in Labour who fear the party is being tied to the coalition's austerity programme."
Ed Miliband gives speech in Birmingham  Labour to be 'ruthless' on spending - Birmingham Post 23jun13 Ed Milliband wrongly make s reducing the deficit a priority, when he should be saying that the deficit is not 1st priority but 2nd priority at most: as promoting green growth should be 1st priority - which by increasing tax revenues would thereby decrease the deficit - so recognizing the paradox that the deficit is reduced more if you make it a 2nd priority after increasing tax revenue - recognizing that deficit depends on 2 not 1 parts of the equation:  revenue take minus spending. Thus Ed Milliband is being played like a puppet to Tory thinking instead of blowing away the myths by explaining to the public the truth.

How Austerity Has Failed by Martin Wolf   The New York Review of Books

mainly macro  Must we live with a post-truth media  - Simon Wren Lewis

Government Debts and Treasury Bonds – Neither Keynesian or Inflationary - Andre Lainton - Decisions, Decisions, Decisions  2jun13 - complex for a non-economist due to some economics jargon and assumed knowledge

The world’s next great leap forward  Towards the end of poverty   The Economist 1jun13

in the USA:      Even the Fed says the QE-fueled stock surge helps the rich the most - Quartz 

re R&R: Debt Doesn't Cause Low Growth. Low Growth Causes Low Growth.   Mother Jones 30may13

After crunching Reinhart and Rogoff’s data, we’ve concluded that high debt does not slow growth
By Miles Kimball and Yichuan Wang of the University of Michigan - 29may13 - Quartz

The QE Debate - Frances Coppola May2013

The Commons Don't Have To Be So Tragic   DeSmog Canada 
“The Tragedy of the Commons” is like a desolate nursery rhyme, dogmatic economic fallacy, and apathetic environmental apology all bounded into one twisted fable. Adam Kingsmith 19may13

DWP discovers massive UNDERPAYMENTS!   ilegal 10may13onwards 

GROWTH: an extremely bad neolib viewpoint:

INEQUALITY & GROWTH & opposing views on how they are (or might be) connected: 'Looking for Capitalism's Tipping Point' - ?16may13

Guardian  Transforming finance -
how do we fund the green economy  (video) » Positive Money 17may13

Re Reinhart-Rogoff: How the Case for Austerity Has Crumbled by Paul Krugman   The New York Review of Books c.16may13

NB: 2012 not 2013, but still relevant: BBC Radio 4 - Analysis, Steve Keen  'Why Economics Is Bunk' Sun.10jun12 BBCR4  30mins  - via  Daphne Harrison & thanks to Sophie Cade on Tue.14may13 (Daphne had heard it on the radio and let me know).
Newsnight Economics Editor Paul Mason interviews the controversial economist Steve Keen before an audience at the London School of Economics. Keen was one of a small number of economists who predicted there would be a major financial crisis before the 2008 crash. He argues that if we keep the "parasitic banking sector" alive the economy dies, and says that conventional economics provides an unwitting cover for "the greatest ponzi schemes in history".  Producer: Kavita Puri.”         Also : see my /Economics.html for my summary re Steve Keen.

15may13 on BBCR4: New book: '
Progressive capitalism' by Lord David Sainsbury: He says it is a defence of capitalism - but it needs reforming so it doesn't go wrong, eg banks built up their debts too high. We need to have a market system but it needs to be regulated. Leaving it all to the market doesn't work well. The state needs regs to stop certain practices. That is the role of government.

Bubbles  Stability through instability   The Economist 10may13|newe|5-13-2013|5705215|38158744| - not read yet - but I was attracted by the title

*** PRIME ECONOMICS - for ‘Policy research on macro-economics’, ‘PRIME is an economic think-tank that promotes understanding of the nature of credit, and its role in determining macroeconomic outcomes. Fundamental to our approach is an implicit and explicit restoration of ethics in relation to money and credit.’ - Includes pieces by Ann Pettifor - who predicted the 2007/8 fin.crisis. Great stuff, ditto nef, Positive Money, Tax Justice Network, ... PRIME ECONOMICS help expose the debunking of Osborne’s Reinhart & Rogoff economic pillar of sand

Entertaining (depending on how you react to it)! Sensational! video predicting our future wealth:
Interpretation is flawed as it is based partly on some mythical premises.

Ten bright ideas to make the banking serve the UK – rather than itself   Business   The Observer 5may13  incl Pettifor, nef, ...

MYTH-BUSTING: FoE/nef: Friends of the Earth  Join our online economic mythbusters course   Current year   Local action news 28mar13

MYTH-BUSTING: - by Jonathan Portes: Not the Treasury view...  What explains low long-term interest rates  article for Liberal Democrat Voice

Paul Krugman - The Story of Our Time - 28apr13

BBC News - Should bishops run the banks - Robert Peston re Archbishop Justin Welby idea to divide big banks eg RBS into regional banks 23apr13

INEQUALITY & living wage     (income inequality)

Inequality - The Signal and the Noise - Tomas Hirst 17jun13

Ed Miliband gives speech in Birmingham  Labour to be 'ruthless' on spending - Birmingham Post 23jun13

Tax Justice Network  Report  92 percent of Americans would rather be Swedes   via Gwen "eye-opening" re:  Good charts & graphs

2013 new film: The Spirit Level - documentary 

Royal Mail staff vote against privatisation "More than 96% of 112,000 postal workers vote against sell-off despite each being promised £1,500 of shares"  UK news 19jun13 Rupert Neat The Guardian

Anti-poverty strategies - reviews (phase one)   Joseph Rowntree Foundation via Gwen

INEQUALITY & GROWTH & opposing views on how they are (or might be) connected: 'Looking for Capitalism's Tipping Point' - ?16may13

The World's Richest 8% Earn Half of All Planetary Income - The top 1 per cent has seen its real income rise by more than 60 per cent over those two decades. by Eric Zuesse 28may13

Merryn Somerset Webb re min wage & living wage & tax etc 1may13 

- interesting points but doesn't mean I agree with them! We certainly do need the min wage 1. to increase in line with inflation and 2. increase to a living wage - in such a way as not to harm small businesses (maybe just they should receive gov help)


London Exposed  Are the Walls [of secrecy] Crumbling Around the World’s Tax Haven Capital 9may13 Steve Rushton -



TAX DODGING RICH, tax-dodging corporations & tax havens

**** Tax Justice Network  The fig leaf of shareholder value covering corporate tax avoidance, removed   2006 Companies Act etc <<<<<<<<<<<

*** 'A short report on the Big 4 accountancy firms and their ties to government'  pdf on PwC, KPMG,  Deloitte, Ernst & Young. June 2013  12pp, 15pp incl refs
*** 'You think the government is fighting tax avoidance  Think again'   Richard Brooks   Comment is free   The Guardian 17mar13  Osborne, G8
*** BOOK (highly acclaimed): 'The Great Tax Robbery: How Britain Became a Tax Haven for Fat Cats and Big Business  Richard Brooks  Books Mar13

Tax Heaven

Development in Africa  Resource optimism 
 If Africa is so resource-rich, it asks, why are its people not better educated, its children well nourished and its adults longer-lived?  The Economist 14 may13

BBC News - HMRC wins Goldman Sachs court case 16may13 

London Exposed  Are the Walls [of secrecy] Crumbling Around the World’s Tax Haven Capital 9may13 Steve Rushton -

Great brief introductory summaries by War on Want: e.g. 'Only the little people pay tax' (Feb2013), 'Up Front: Time for Tax Justice' (Mar2013) click:

'Britain’s Second Empire' - answers by Ronen Palan, 17aug12 in New Left Project
 - recommended read by Richard Murphy of Tax Justice Network e.g. here in May2013  

 “Why, in the era of Wall Street hegemony, do close to half of global financial transactions still flow through territories linked to Britain? New Left Project's Jamie Stern-Weiner spoke to Ronen PalanProfessor of International Political Economy at City University London and co-author ofTax Havens: How Globalisation Really Works, to find out.  [My summary: The 1944 Bretton Woods agreement (ratified in 1945) was supposed to stabilize currency systems with regulations, but it got dodged by the creation of the parallel unregulated offshore market.] Extract: Q to Ronen Palan: "Presumably the existence of this market facilitates tax evasion, and enabled sidestepping of national regulations which contributed to the 2007-8 financial crisis?"  A: by Palan: "Absolutely. People talk about financial deregulation as one of the causes of the crisis, but in fact financial deregulation followed rather than constituted deregulated financial markets. Governments essentially found themselves in a position whereby so much of international finance was already operating through this non-regulated parallel market [the unregulated offshore market including 'shadow banking', tax dodging etc - which increased from early '60s onwards in exploitation of its in creation as a byproduct of UK gov reaction to the 1956-7 Sterling Crisis Run on the Pound, itself in reaction to...], that they had no choice but to try and deregulate their own domestic markets in order to compete. They rationalised this ideologically—we call it neoliberalism—but the main cause was that there was already a non-regulated global financial market sucking in most of the funds in any case."

BOOK: 'Tax Havens: How Globalization Really Works' - Ronen Palan, Richard Murphy, Christian Chavagneux "Holding up to $13 trillion of personal wealth the equivalent of the annual U.S. Gross National Productand serving as the legal home of two million corporate entities and half of all international lending banks, tax havens also skew the distribution of globalization's costs and benefits to the detriment of developing economies."

Revealed  'Sweetheart' tax deals each worth over £1bn   Politics   The Guardian 29apr13
How HMRC treated its Goldman Sachs tax deal whistleblower as a criminal   Politics   The Guardian 29apr13
UK Uncut legal action High Court challenge to HMRC – Top 20 Cases of 2013 9jan13
Npower avoids paying £108m tax by funnelling funds to Malta   The Sun  News Sun City

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For my 2011 to 2013 links archive see my - but beware - it's a big file.
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