Edward Hadas

The core of what economics should be

By Edward Hadas
September 25, 2014

Something may finally be changing in the study of economics. A new textbook, half of which has now been published online, is a small step in the right direction.

Russia-Ukraine conflict shows money isn’t the root of all war

By Edward Hadas
September 3, 2014

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Many people think politics is really a branch of economics. When the United States invaded Iraq in 1991, the common cry was that it was all about oil. On the same thinking, rich countries were indifferent to the brutal civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – which has cost 5.4 million lives, according to the International Rescue Committee – because the economic stakes were too low to matter. This economic reductionism goes on in developed countries too. Pundits and pollsters argue that elections are won and lost above all else on the economy.

Central bankers’ reward for failure

By Edward Hadas
August 28, 2014

Economic systems that work well do not have many heroes. The elevated status of the world’s central bankers – seen in the close attention paid to their annual get-together last weekend in Jackson Hole, Wyoming – is a sign that the financial system works badly.

Time to retire unemployment

By Edward Hadas
August 20, 2014

Edward Hadas

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Do autocrats and strong economies go hand in hand?

By Edward Hadas
August 15, 2014

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By Edward Hadas

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Growth in a rich and crowded world

By Edward Hadas
July 23, 2014

Perky, productive robots, or nothing more than a few new smartphone apps? Cascading innovation, or just a few tweaks? Economists and technologists are debating what the future holds.

The stupidity of student debt

By Edward Hadas
July 2, 2014

By Edward Hadas

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Market failure can be sign of fatigue

By Edward Hadas
June 11, 2014

By Edward Hadas

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

A corporate abdication of corruption

By Edward Hadas
June 4, 2014

By Edward Hadas

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

The problem with the Piketty problem

By Edward Hadas
May 28, 2014

If a man is suspected of murder, arson and speeding, any prosecutor who focuses only on the last charge risks ridicule. That imagined situation has some bearing on recent criticism of Thomas Piketty, the best-selling French anti-inequality economist. The accusations are largely restricted to ways in which he has exceeded the limits of his data.