Blood Sweat and Fear

An unwelcome departure from the usual writing. Published in FT Magazine, 27 August 2005. The sun has set, but it’s a sticky evening in Washington D.C., hotter yet with a 13-month-old daughter wriggling in a carrier on my back. Together with my wife, we are...

Cracking the lens

Dear Economist,I’m busy and I’m looking for love, so I’ve posted my profile on some online dating sites. I make a good living in the City but, as I’m slightly overweight and my nose is too big, I’ve avoided including a photograph. So far I’ve not had a single reply...

The parable of the talents

Dear Economist,I am 17 and want to be a professional musician (I play the bass). My parents insist that I go to university to study music. Shouldn’t I just get out there and play? — Joanna Kay, Chicago Dear Joanna, Your decision chiefly depends on the...

A rat for an in-law

Dear Economist,My son-in-law has been unemployed for a couple of months now. As far as I can make out, he’s enjoying a PlayStation lifestyle while being supported by the state and by my daughter, who has had to find a temporary job. What concerns me is that he’ll get...

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