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This article from the BBC on the provision of public toilets struck me as an interesting talking point for students of economics (okay, you may not agree!).

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What is the most convenient way to provide the public loo?
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The Wall Street Journal explores some of the possible effects of the tariffs on cars coming into the US and argues that lessons from the oil shocks of the 1970s...

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How tariffs could shake-up the US car industry

The issue of the amount of tax that Amazon pays is a vexed one. Profits have risen in the UK, but Amazon UK are paying less tax to the Treasury...

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Amazon tax avoidance debate surfaces yet again

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Here's a bit of fun to celebrate Yorkshire Day on the 1st of August. Today is the day that the nation celebrates all things wonderful about the county of Yorkshire.

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Yorkshire Day - the economy of the County of Yorkshire

The provenance of products is increasingly important for consumers - consider for example growing demand for fish caught from sustainable sources. But what about the origin of the charcoal in...

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Are disposable BBQs fuelling deforestation?

Take a moment to consider what the term 'working homeless" means in the context of Britain in 2018. These are people with a job, often full-time but on well below median...

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Growing number of working homeless

Here's this week's economics news quiz. Good luck!

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Economics Weekly Quiz - 20 July 2018

Yesterday’s ruling from the European Commission that will result in Google receiving a record-breaking fine of €4.3bn for unfair practices is an absolute goldmine of a case study for...

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Google fined €4.3bn for reducing consumer choice

Here's this week's economics news quiz. Good luck!

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Economics Weekly Quiz - 13 July 2018

Here's an interesting article from the BBC for anyone wishing to illustrate the concept of relative poverty. The article, which highlights a report from the US Department of Housing and...

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Relative poverty in San Francisco

As of this week, the ONS is to start publishing GDP data for the UK economy on a monthly rather than quarterly basis. Although this change seems relatively minor, the...

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ONS to publish GDP data on a monthly basis

Here's this week's economics news quiz. Good luck!

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Economics Weekly Quiz - 6 July 2018

Unusual story this, with the waste from electronic items such as computers increasingly ending up in other parts of South-East and East Asia, rather than China, after the latter banned...

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Thailand afflicted by mountains of electronic waste

Here's this week's economics news quiz. Good luck!

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Economics Weekly Quiz - 29 June 2018

Shares in pharmacy retail chains plunged when news broke that Amazon is entering the online pharmacy market with the acquisition of PillPack. Creative destruction at work in the retail space....

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Contestable markets: Amazon buys online pharmacy PillPack

Expect a lot more of this as petroleum companies adjust their sights to the rapid growth of electric vehicles. BP has acquired Chargemaster which is the UK's largest car charging...

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Vertical integration: BP buys Chargemaster
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When it comes to planned capital investment, uncertainty about macro policy including trade can be a big barrier to pushing the button and going ahead with expensive capital projects. I...

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Real world economics: Brexit uncertainty and British business

Is this the first step towards the renationalization of the railways - as the East coast mainline is taken back into public ownership? I doubt it: however, it does cast...

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East coast rail line back under public control

World Cup fever has truly arrived.  For those of us supporting England, well, hope is alive for a few more hours at least.

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World Cup Happiness! Try our World Happiness Index activity

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