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Ben Chu is The Independent's economics editor. Previously he was the newspaper's chief leader writer. He is the author of 'Chinese Whispers: Why everything you've heard about China is wrong' (2013). Follow him on Twitter: @BenChu_. Contact him on email via b.chu@independent.co.uk

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Have the cuts to council budgets really been painless for the public?, Chunomics

Have the cuts to council budgets really been painless for the public?

There have been big cuts in poor areas and lighter cuts in well-off districts. If there was localised dissatisfaction at the impact of these cuts on services a national poll would not necessarily pick it up.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Thursday, 23 July 2015 at 4:52 pm

Why doesn’t a higher minimum wage help the poor more?, Chunomics

Why doesn’t a higher minimum wage help the poor more?

A surprisingly large share of minimum wage workers are in the top half of the distribution. Indeed, there are more minimum wage earners in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth highest deciles than in the bottom two poorest deciles.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 14 July 2015 at 2:13 pm

The super rich get richer – even after tax, Chunomics

The super rich get richer – even after tax

I said that, sadly, Sir Anthony hasn’t produced post-tax estimates of the income share of those within the top 1 per cent. Happily, I was wrong on that point.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 10 June 2015 at 2:55 pm

Sir Anthony Atkinson: the full transcript, Chunomics

Sir Anthony Atkinson: the full transcript

At the end of last month I interviewed the godfather of inequality research, Sir Anthony Atkinson, for The Independent to coincide with the publication of his new book “Inequality: What can be done?”

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Monday, 8 June 2015 at 2:48 pm

What do we mean by income inequality?, Chunomics

What do we mean by income inequality?

When many people think and talk about inequality what they are referring to is the disparity between the incomes of the rich and those in the middle.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 2 June 2015 at 4:46 pm

Are foreign investors really losing confidence in UK debt?, Chunomics

Are foreign investors really losing confidence in UK debt?

For now at least, talk of an “exodus” from UK debt and a “Gilts strike” looks premature.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 22 April 2015 at 12:11 pm

Sir Howard Davies: the full transcript, Chunomics

Sir Howard Davies: the full transcript

* Many bankers are still overpaid
* The Chancellor’s Help to Buy subsidies are not a good idea
* Banks should not be broken up
* Narrow banking (ordinary deposits all backed by ultra-safe government bond) would be “too risky”
* Higher equity buffers for banks will result in less credit for the real economy

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 12:50 pm

What is really happening to average pay?, Chunomics

What is really happening to average pay?

People in continuous employment always see pay rise faster than all employees and this is neither surprising nor new.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 10 February 2015 at 4:05 pm

No victory lap for George Osborne, Chunomics

No victory lap for George Osborne

Yes, the UK economy has recovered. But the evidence of high fiscal multipliers when interest rates are low and trading partners are also retrenching suggests it would have done better since 2010 without the Chancellor’s front-loaded tax hikes and capital spending cuts.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 14 January 2015 at 7:52 pm

A question for Danny Alexander, Chunomics

A question for Danny Alexander

If you object to more cuts “after the books are balanced” why did you not refuse to sign up for budget surpluses in 2018-19 and 2019-20?

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Monday, 12 January 2015 at 12:26 pm

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