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    Another Grand Coalition for Germany?

    The agreement struck by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Social Democratic leader Martin Schulz faces its first hurdle this weekend, when Schulz’s party colleagues vote on it. 

    But what result should Germans and Europeans hope for?

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    The Right Question About Inequality and Growth

    The relationship between inequality and growth has become a hot topic for economists, with new research challenging the conventional view that greater inequality is the price that must be paid for higher output. But for policymakers, the real question is how to assess outcomes and improve modes of distribution.

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    How Inequality Works

    • The political upheavals and populist incursions of the past few years owe much to widespread perceptions of inequality and economic injustice in advanced economies.

    • While median wages have stagnated, incomes at the top have continued to rise, and there is growing evidence to suggest that the two phenomena are connected.
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    The Trouble with GDP

    Economists have long recognized the limits of gross domestic product as a means of measuring economic activity and prosperity – namely, that it can miss both negative externalities and what Robert Kennedy once described as "that which makes life worthwhile." But if GDP is so flawed, why do we still rely on it?

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