Hot Topics

From soaring inequality, banking scandals, austerity, tax leaks, anonymous companies and "free trade" deals to movements for a universal basic income, the circular economy and to reform mainstream economics, find our hand-picked selection of the hottest topics on the global economy here. 

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Global Financial System

We have a directory of over 2,000 resources, providing you with a wealth of information at your fingertips on issues such as central banks, hedge funds, quantitative easing, banking scandals as well as progressive proposals to fix our broken financial system. 

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News on Economy

Stay up to date with all the latest developments on the global economy with our selection of the best sources of news and analysis on the economy. 

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Key Global Actors

The G8, the G20, the IMF, the WTO, OECD, OPEC, the BIS - there is a dizzying array of acronyms to get familiar with when learning about the global economy. Our resource page on the key players in the global economy is a great place to start. 

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Austerity Economics

One of the defining features of economy policy since the 2008 crisis, austerity is proposed as the only way to reign in "excessive" public spending and debts. But experts argue and experience demonstrates that it achieves none of these objectives. Learn more for yourself here.

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Alternative Economy

Want to know about how alternative economies work and how they function instead of the traditional economy? We offer over 700 links that will help inform yourself on a variety of alternative economic models being applied world-wide.

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Alternative Lifestyles

From ecovillages to bitcoins and being an ethical consumer, there are numerous ways to adopt an alternative lifestyle. Interested in exploring one that would work for you? We offer over 400 links to help you make it part of your life. 

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Hot Topics

Pandora Papers

The ICIJ has just published a new investigative report on tax avoidance, in which the work of more than 600 journalists in 117 countries has resulted in more than 2.6 terabytes of data, gathering diverse evidence of how wealthy individuals use tax havens to hide their wealth and avoid paying tax on it. The list of those implicated includes 35 current and former national leaders and 400 officials from around the world.

Pandora Papers

Global Minimum Corporate Tax Rate – G7

As the G7 leaders have agreed a 15% minimum tax rate on multi-nationals, many ask how far this will go to reform the tax system? Will Tech giants pay up, will it stop tax-havens, will it help developing countries improve their economies? The agreement has been labelled historic - we follow the implications and developments here.

Global Minimum Corporate Tax Rate – G7

Tax Dodging & Tax Justice

It is estimated that the world’s global elite holds up to $32 trillion in offshore tax havens, and 500 companies were reported to hold a record $2.4 trillion offshore. This unprecedented level of international tax dodging costs developing countries over $100 billion a year, and is a leading cause of austerity policies.

Tax Dodging & Tax Justice

Inequality in the U.S.

Economic inequality is a growing problem that prevails in every country around the world. In the US it has reached a level similar to the one seen in the Great Depression. In 1965 a CEO earned 24 times the average worker income, it went up to 185 times in recent years. Disproportional economic growth and tax evasion creates a gap that increases steadily day by day.

Inequality in the U.S.

The latest in the FinCEN files leak (2020)

Transactions worth roughly $2tn have been discovered in leaked documents from the US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network revealing shocking secrets. Closely guarded for years, banks such as HSBC, JP Morgan, Barclays, Deutsche Bank and others, have been exposed allowing criminals to move their illegally gained money all over the world. Follow the story as journalists search through the thousands of suspicious activity reports that government agencies tried to keep out of the public eye.

The latest in the FinCEN files leak (2020)

Circular Economy

It is crucial to understand that the way we choose to design, produce and consume products, has a major impact on the environment. Circular Economy is a movement that seeks to change the "make-take-waste" linear economy in which we are living today, to a "make-keep-reuse" more sustainable concept.

Circular Economy

#29 Leaks

In the N°29 of the upper-class Harley Street in central London, is the headquarters of the now infamous Formations House, known for its long career hiding money for the super-rich. Earlier this year, the anti-secret group Distributed Denial of Secrets leaked a wealth of documents, data and recorded phone calls to journalists, unmasking a worldwide network for money laundering.

#29 Leaks

Formations House

Formations house, a family-run corporate service provider based in London has been linked to organized crime and fraud. Allegedly, frauds linked to the shell companies they register is totalling 315 million pounds. See why here. 

Formations House

World Economic Forum in Davos, January 21-24

Founded in 1971 in Switzerland as an NGO, the World Economic Forum is "committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas".

World Economic Forum in Davos, January 21-24

Automation & Robots

As we approach a new industrial revolution, we will get familiarized with the term Technological Unemployment, which refers to the substitution of manpower for robotic labour. The unpredictable consequences, whether positive or negative, that automation will have in individual jobs is a controversial issue.

Automation & Robots

Rethinking Economics

Pluralism in economics is a ground-breaking movement that aims to shift the teaching and research in economics towards a more inclusive and open minded practice. Pluralism seeks to reinforce the economies studies through rich intellectual debate and the contrast of different ideas including other disciplines.

Rethinking Economics

Must Read

'Tax These Moochers':

 Top 1% Dodge $163 Billion in Taxes Each Year.

Must Watch

Inside Job

al film by Charles Ferguson

Suggested Blog

Dollars and Sense

Real world Economics 

Hero of the Month

Thomas Piketty

French economist that dedicates his work to the study of income inequality. He’s the author of the best-selling book "Capital in the Twenty-First Century", which is an innovative view on how capitalism and the current wealth distribution contribute to economic inequality.

Featured Organisation of the Month

The New Economics Foundation

The New Economics Foundation is a people-powered think tank in the UK. They offer an agenda for people to take more control over the decisions and resources that affect their lives today and a plan for how we can all begin to change the whole system tomorrow. 

Featured Online-Resourse

Exploring Economics

An open-source e-learning platform, gives you the opportunity to discover & study a variety of economic theories, topics, and methods for free. It aims to enrich economic teaching as well as to promote self-criticism, reflection, pluralism and openness within economics.