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Good morning. How well did you keep up with the news this week? Take our quiz to find out.Greensill Capital planned to use an...

What are the limits of economies of scope? – Marginal REVOLUTION

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Amazon is launching its first high-tech hair salon, as the online retailer makes a surprise move into the beauty sector. The salon, in Spitalfields, east...

EM issuers raise record $191bn on foreign debt markets in early 2021

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Governments and companies in developing nations borrowed on foreign markets at a record pace in early 2021, but investors say the risks are mounting...

Businesses still feeling the pain of EU customs checks

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Welcome back. Do you work in an industry that has been affected by the UK’s departure from the EU single market and customs union? If...

A Dozen Dangerous Presumptions of Crisis Policymaking | Robert Higgs

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Congress and the president have adopted many critically important policies in great haste during brief periods of perceived national emergency. During the first “hundred...

UK consumer confidence rises to highest level since first lockdown

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The reopening of the economy pushed UK consumer confidence to its highest level since the first Covid-19 restrictions and boosted consumer spending to above...

The Left Understands Taxation Is Theft, That’s Why They Support It | Peter St....

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It’s nice to know we all agree that taxes have nothing to do with civilization. They are for destroying with a side of discriminatory...

Holding the line on UK banking reform

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Ringfencing, not Brexit, has caused most upheaval and cost for British banks in recent years — or so the banks claim. A key pillar...

Not Even Gretchen Whitmer Wants More of the CDC’s Lockdowns | Ryan McMaken

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The US state with the fastest growing covid-19 caseload is a state that has experienced some of the harshest and longest lockdowns and covid...

Is this really better than borrowing? – Marginal REVOLUTION

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Or how about a VAT? President Joe Biden will propose almost doubling the capital gains tax rate for wealthy individuals to 39.6%, which, coupled with...

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