Multiple choice

The Undercover Economist – FT MagazineIsrael’s strategy for dealing with Hizbollah has been called “tenfold deterrence”: any attack will be met with a far more forceful counterattack. Unfortunately both for Israelis and Lebanese, the strategy did not deter...

Commercial breakdown

Dear Economist,During the World Cup, I was struck that everyone I know prefers the BBC’s football coverage to ITV’s, because the BBC carries no commercials. Yet ITV continues to win the rights to cover international matches. Assuming this is the majority view, is it a...

A capital idea

The Undercover Economist – FT Magazine 22 July My father used to ride to work in a colleague’s car. I distinctly remember as a child pressing my nose against the sitting-room window and forlornly watching him standing by the roadside. He did not usually...

The consolations of economics

Dear Economist,I am being divorced. Since I will have less disposable income – due to higher living costs plus alimony – and since I want to stay married, must I conclude that I will be permanently worse off?Gerard NicholsMaastricht, HollandDear...

Green Taxes and Posturing Politicians

Financial Times, Comment Ken Livingstone, London’s mayor, last week caused consternation among the Chelsea tractor set by appearing to threaten a punitive rate of congestion charge, Pounds 25 instead of the current Pounds 8. Cue cheers from the tree-hugging...

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