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What the world can learn about equality from the Nordic model

OPINION: Given that the five Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – are some of the world’s most equal on a number of measures, it makes sense to look to them for lessons in how to build a more equal society.

Tax havens can drive environmental degradation

A new study from Sweden shows how the use of tax havens is indirectly linked to illegal fishing as well as deforestation in the Amazon.

Why you shouldn’t bring your mobile device shopping

If you want to save money after your holiday, leave your mobile phone at home when shopping. Consumers who used their phones in the grocery store ended up with fuller shopping carts.

Researcher: Monopolies are good

OPINION: Without monopolies consumers miss out on the best technology at a good price. The task is to prevent that monopoly from abusing its power.

The economic effects of restricting immigration – lessons from US history

Clearly changes in immigration policy generate winners and losers. But perhaps not the winners and losers that the government might expect.

Power cuts seen when all pay their fair share of costs

Swedes waste more electricity when power costs are included in their rent.

Immigrants help Norwegian companies to think differently

Companies that hire immigrants have more international partnerships and are more innovative, according to researcher.

You can get wealthier with one sibling

Having one brother or sister can contribute to a higher income in adulthood. On average if your parents get divorced it has no economic consequence for your future income.

The welfare state boosts capitalism

"Welfare state arrangements work well in combination with capitalist competition," says economics professor.

Most food waste from households

Large amounts of food go to waste. Some is disposed of by producers and retailers. But more is tossed out at the consumption stage – by the likes of you and me.