In The Balance [world Service]

Episodes

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2011121420111217

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2011121420111217

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20111224

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20111224

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012010720120109
2012010720120109

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012011420120116
2012011420120116

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120121
20120121

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120128
20120128

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120204
20120204

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120211
20120211

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012021820120220
2012021820120220

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120303
20120303

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120310
20120310

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120317
20120317

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120324
20120324

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120331
20120331

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120407

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120407

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120414
20120414

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120421

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120421

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120428
20120428

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012051220120513
2012051220120513

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012051920120520

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012051920120520

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

2012052620120527

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012060220120603
20120603 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20120616

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012061620120617
2012062320120624
2012062320120624

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012063020120701
2012063020120701

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012070720120708

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012070720120708

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

2012071420120715

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012072120120722
2012072820120729
2012080420120805
2012081820120819 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

2012082520120826 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

2012090120120902 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

2012090120120902 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

2012090820120909 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

2012091520120916 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

20120922

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012092220120923 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012092920120930 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012092920120930 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012100620121007 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

2012101320121014 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

2012102020121021 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012102020121021 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012102720121028 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

2012110320121104 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012110320121104 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

20121110

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012111020121111 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

2012111720121118 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012111720121118 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012112420121125 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012112420121125 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012120120121202 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012120120121202 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012120820121209 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012120820121209 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012121520121216 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012121520121216 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012122220121223 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2012122220121223 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2013010520130106 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2013011220130113 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

2013011920130120 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

2013020220130203 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2013020220130203 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

2013020920130210 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2013020920130210 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

2013021620130217 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

2013022320130224 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2013022320130224 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

2013030220130303 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

2013030920130310 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2013030920130310 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

2013031620130317 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the global business headlines

2013031620130317 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the global business headlines

2013032320130324 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks at what's really going on in this changing global economy

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2013032320130324 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

The Business Daily team looks at what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013033020130331 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the global business headlines

2013033020130331 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the global business headlines

2013040620130407 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2013040620130407 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

2013041320130414 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2013041320130414 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

2013042720130428 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2013042720130428 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

2013051120130512 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2013051120130512 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

2013051820130519 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

2013051820130519 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

2013052520130526 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013052520130526 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

2013060820130609 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013060820130609 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

2013061520130616 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013061520130616 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

2013062220130623 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

2013062920130630 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

2013070620130707 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013070620130707 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

2013071320130714 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013071320130714 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

2013072020130721 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013072020130721 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

2013072720130728 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013072720130728 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

2013080320130804 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013080320130804 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

2013081020130811 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013081020130811 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

2013081720130818 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013081720130818 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

20130831

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i.

2013090720130908 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013090720130908 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

2013092820130929 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

2013092820130929 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

2013100520131006 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

2013101220131013 (WS)

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

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20170610

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

Thursday's general election in the UK was supposed to strengthen the conservative British prime minister's hand on Brexit. However, things didn't quite go as planned and Britain was left with a hung parliament. The Conservatives are still the country's biggest party, but they've been left without the necessary majority and fewer parliamentary seats than before the election. And all this has happened only a few days before the country is due to sit down at the negotiating table with the European Union to discuss the terms of the UK's departure from the EU.

So how will the election result play out in those talks? Is Britain's hand now fatally weakened? What are the concerns of the business community? And what sort of Brexit should they be preparing for? To discuss these issues In The Balance brings together four people with insight into the matter: Jean de Ruyt, a former Belgian ambassador to the EU and a diplomat of 40 years experience; Jason Langrish, Executive Director of the Canada Europe Roundtable for Business, who worked on the Canadian trade deal with the EU; Jill Rutter, Programme Director for Brexit at the Institute for Government; and Lord Billimoria, Founder and Chair of Cobra Beer, Founding Chair of the UK-India Business Council and Chancellor of the University of Birmingham. All are in discussion with the BBC's Manuela Saragosa.

20170610

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

Thursday's general election in the UK was supposed to strengthen the conservative British prime minister's hand on Brexit. However, things didn't quite go as planned and Britain was left with a hung parliament. The Conservatives are still the country's biggest party, but they've been left without the necessary majority and fewer parliamentary seats than before the election. And all this has happened only a few days before the country is due to sit down at the negotiating table with the European Union to discuss the terms of the UK's departure from the EU.

So how will the election result play out in those talks? Is Britain's hand now fatally weakened? What are the concerns of the business community? And what sort of Brexit should they be preparing for? To discuss these issues In The Balance brings together four people with insight into the matter: Jean de Ruyt, a former Belgian ambassador to the EU and a diplomat of 40 years experience; Jason Langrish, Executive Director of the Canada Europe Roundtable for Business, who worked on the Canadian trade deal with the EU; Jill Rutter, Programme Director for Brexit at the Institute for Government; and Lord Billimoria, Founder and Chair of Cobra Beer, Founding Chair of the UK-India Business Council and Chancellor of the University of Birmingham. All are in discussion with the BBC's Manuela Saragosa.

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

Thursday's general election in the UK was supposed to strengthen the conservative British prime minister's hand on Brexit. However, things didn't quite go as planned and Britain was left with a hung parliament. The Conservatives are still the country's biggest party, but they've been left without the necessary majority and fewer parliamentary seats than before the election. And all this has happened only a few days before the country is due to sit down at the negotiating table with the European Union to discuss the terms of the UK's departure from the EU.

So how will the election result play out in those talks? Is Britain's hand now fatally weakened? What are the concerns of the business community? And what sort of Brexit should they be preparing for? To discuss these issues In The Balance brings together four people with insight into the matter: Jean de Ruyt, a former Belgian ambassador to the EU and a diplomat of 40 years experience; Jason Langrish, Executive Director of the Canada Europe Roundtable for Business, who worked on the Canadian trade deal with the EU; Jill Rutter, Programme Director for Brexit at the Institute for Government; and Lord Billimoria, Founder and Chair of Cobra Beer, Founding Chair of the UK-India Business Council and Chancellor of the University of Birmingham. All are in discussion with the BBC's Manuela Saragosa.

20170617

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

Sharp falls in commodity prices have dealt serious blows to the prospects of workers, communities, and businesses in large parts of Africa over the last few years.

The World Bank said economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa slumped to its lowest level for more than two decades last year and earlier this month South Africa, the continent’s third largest economy, re-entered recession.

The picture is not uniformly bleak – the outlook is much more positive in East Africa – but the continent’s largest economies are suffering. Can they turn things around and end their reliance on oil and mining? What hope is there for those seeking relief from poverty, and what jobs might they do in the future?

Ed Butler is joined by a panel of guests: Kola Karim, CEO of Shoreline Group, a Nigerian energy and infrastructure company; professor Mthuli Ncube, head of Quantum Global Research Lab and former chief economist of the African Development Bank; and Lorenzo Fioramonti, professor of political economy at the University of Pretoria, in South Africa.

(Picture: Women fill wheelbarrows with coal in South Africa. Credit: Marco Longari, Getty Images)

20170617

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

Sharp falls in commodity prices have dealt serious blows to the prospects of workers, communities, and businesses in large parts of Africa over the last few years.

The World Bank said economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa slumped to its lowest level for more than two decades last year and earlier this month South Africa, the continent’s third largest economy, re-entered recession.

The picture is not uniformly bleak – the outlook is much more positive in East Africa – but the continent’s largest economies are suffering. Can they turn things around and end their reliance on oil and mining? What hope is there for those seeking relief from poverty, and what jobs might they do in the future?

Ed Butler is joined by a panel of guests: Kola Karim, CEO of Shoreline Group, a Nigerian energy and infrastructure company; professor Mthuli Ncube, head of Quantum Global Research Lab and former chief economist of the African Development Bank; and Lorenzo Fioramonti, professor of political economy at the University of Pretoria, in South Africa.

(Picture: Women fill wheelbarrows with coal in South Africa. Credit: Marco Longari, Getty Images)

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

Sharp falls in commodity prices have dealt serious blows to the prospects of workers, communities, and businesses in large parts of Africa over the last few years.

The World Bank said economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa slumped to its lowest level for more than two decades last year and earlier this month South Africa, the continent’s third largest economy, re-entered recession.

The picture is not uniformly bleak – the outlook is much more positive in East Africa – but the continent’s largest economies are suffering. Can they turn things around and end their reliance on oil and mining? What hope is there for those seeking relief from poverty, and what jobs might they do in the future?

Ed Butler is joined by a panel of guests: Kola Karim, CEO of Shoreline Group, a Nigerian energy and infrastructure company; professor Mthuli Ncube, head of Quantum Global Research Lab and former chief economist of the African Development Bank; and Lorenzo Fioramonti, professor of political economy at the University of Pretoria, in South Africa.

(Picture: Women fill wheelbarrows with coal in South Africa. Credit: Marco Longari, Getty Images)

20170708

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

How much pocket money, if any, should you give your children? What does it teach them about the world of finance?

Some parents give their children an unconditional allowance, with no strings attached, but could this be considered a form of child abuse? Does it make them financially irresponsible adults with a sense of entitlement?

And if you only give your children money in return for them washing the dishes or cleaning their room, do they ever understand the real meaning or usefulness of the work they are doing?

We assess the value of pocket money as a tool for introducing young minds to the world of money, and ask whether parents should be more open with children on money matters and even give them more power to make their own choices with the help of new technology.

Contributors

Professor Lewis Mandell, a financial economist specialising in financial literacy
Dean Brauer, c-founder of goHenry, a digital pocket money app
Professor Agnes Nairn, a researcher on consumerism and marketing to children
Bianca Isaincu, from Child and Youth Finance International, a non-profit which aims to educate children about money and get them access to bank accounts

(Picture: Piggy bank. Credit: iStock, Getty Images)

20170708

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

How much pocket money, if any, should you give your children? What does it teach them about the world of finance?

Some parents give their children an unconditional allowance, with no strings attached, but could this be considered a form of child abuse? Does it make them financially irresponsible adults with a sense of entitlement?

And if you only give your children money in return for them washing the dishes or cleaning their room, do they ever understand the real meaning or usefulness of the work they are doing?

We assess the value of pocket money as a tool for introducing young minds to the world of money, and ask whether parents should be more open with children on money matters and even give them more power to make their own choices with the help of new technology.

Contributors

Professor Lewis Mandell, a financial economist specialising in financial literacy
Dean Brauer, c-founder of goHenry, a digital pocket money app
Professor Agnes Nairn, a researcher on consumerism and marketing to children
Bianca Isaincu, from Child and Youth Finance International, a non-profit which aims to educate children about money and get them access to bank accounts

(Picture: Piggy bank. Credit: iStock, Getty Images)

20170909

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

Does passing down large amounts of money within families drive the gap between rich and poor even wider? It seems that some of the world's richest people, like Bill Gates, recognised this and have pledged to give away most, if not all, of their wealth to good causes rather than their children. Is inherited wealth a curse, both on a personal and macro-economic level? Should we tax it much more heavily, or even ban inheritance altogether? Manuela Saragosa is joined by a global panel of guests to unpick the issues on intergenerational fairness.

Contributors: Barbara Blouin, founder of The Inheritance Project, Karen Rowlingson Professor of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, Edward Wolff, Professor of Economics at New York University and Jørgen Næsje, State Secretary in Norway's Finance Ministry.

(Picture: College Republicans Rally For Repeal Of Estate Tax. Washington DC June 2006. Credit: Getty Imgages)

20170909

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

Does passing down large amounts of money within families drive the gap between rich and poor even wider? It seems that some of the world's richest people, like Bill Gates, recognised this and have pledged to give away most, if not all, of their wealth to good causes rather than their children. Is inherited wealth a curse, both on a personal and macro-economic level? Should we tax it much more heavily, or even ban inheritance altogether? Manuela Saragosa is joined by a global panel of guests to unpick the issues on intergenerational fairness.

Contributors: Barbara Blouin, founder of The Inheritance Project, Karen Rowlingson Professor of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, Edward Wolff, Professor of Economics at New York University and Jørgen Næsje, State Secretary in Norway's Finance Ministry.

(Picture: College Republicans Rally For Repeal Of Estate Tax. Washington DC June 2006. Credit: Getty Imgages)

20170909

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

Does passing down large amounts of money within families drive the gap between rich and poor even wider? It seems that some of the world's richest people, like Bill Gates, recognised this and have pledged to give away most, if not all, of their wealth to good causes rather than their children. Is inherited wealth a curse, both on a personal and macro-economic level? Should we tax it much more heavily, or even ban inheritance altogether? Manuela Saragosa is joined by a global panel of guests to unpick the issues on intergenerational fairness.

Contributors: Barbara Blouin, founder of The Inheritance Project, Karen Rowlingson Professor of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, Edward Wolff, Professor of Economics at New York University and Jørgen Næsje, State Secretary in Norway's Finance Ministry.

(Picture: College Republicans Rally For Repeal Of Estate Tax. Washington DC June 2006. Credit: Getty Imgages)

20170916
20170916

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

What lessons should we learn from the damage hurricane Irma has inflicted on Florida and the Caribbean, the flooding hurricane Harvey wreaked on Texas and the floods that have devastated parts of South Asia? And how can politicians and aid agencies be persuaded to spend more money preparing for natural disasters, rather than clearing up after the event? Manuela Saragosa talks to one environmental planning expert in Houston, Texas, who says some parts of the city will become uninhabitable. And she hears from experts around the world on the best way to contain the economic damage of future natural disasters.

Contributors:
Jim Blackburn, Rice University, Houston
MB Akhter, Bangladesh Country Director for Oxfam
Tom Bamforth from Shelter Cluster
Ilan Noy, Professor at Victoria University in Wellington, holder of the inaugural Chair in the Economics of Disasters
Christina Bennett from the Overseas Development Institute

(Picture: People shop in a supermarket after Hurricane Irma swept through the area on September 13, 2017 in Naples, Florida. Credit: Getty Images)

20170916

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

What lessons should we learn from the damage hurricane Irma has inflicted on Florida and the Caribbean, the flooding hurricane Harvey wreaked on Texas and the floods that have devastated parts of South Asia? And how can politicians and aid agencies be persuaded to spend more money preparing for natural disasters, rather than clearing up after the event? Manuela Saragosa talks to one environmental planning expert in Houston, Texas, who says some parts of the city will become uninhabitable. And she hears from experts around the world on the best way to contain the economic damage of future natural disasters.

Contributors:
Jim Blackburn, Rice University, Houston
MB Akhter, Bangladesh Country Director for Oxfam
Tom Bamforth from Shelter Cluster
Ilan Noy, Professor at Victoria University in Wellington, holder of the inaugural Chair in the Economics of Disasters
Christina Bennett from the Overseas Development Institute

(Picture: People shop in a supermarket after Hurricane Irma swept through the area on September 13, 2017 in Naples, Florida. Credit: Getty Images)

20170923
20170923

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The development of Artificial Intelligence is being seen as one of the biggest threats to jobs this century. Yet it's a technology that can also help humanity hugely and is forecast to increase global economic growth. So should we be afraid of AI - or should we embrace a future where machines could become as intelligent as humans? In the Balance brings together some of the top thinkers in the debate to ask whether AI is our friend or our enemy.

Contributors: Nick Bostrom, founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University
Luis Perez Breva, an expert in the process of technology innovation and entrepreneur, based at MIT
Kathleen Richardson, professor of Ethics and Culture of Robots and AI at De Montfort University
Kevin Warwick, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Coventry University
Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh, Executive Director of Cambridge University's Centre for the Study of Existential Risk

(Picture: A Google Earth map of Paris, France as the company unveils the revamped version of the application April, 2017 at a event at New York's Whitney Museum of Art. Credit: Getty Images)

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20170923

The development of Artificial Intelligence is being seen as one of the biggest threats to jobs this century. Yet it's a technology that can also help humanity hugely and is forecast to increase global economic growth. So should we be afraid of AI - or should we embrace a future where machines could become as intelligent as humans? In the Balance brings together some of the top thinkers in the debate to ask whether AI is our friend or our enemy.

Contributors: Nick Bostrom, founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University
Luis Perez Breva, an expert in the process of technology innovation and entrepreneur, based at MIT
Kathleen Richardson, professor of Ethics and Culture of Robots and AI at De Montfort University
Kevin Warwick, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Coventry University
Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh, Executive Director of Cambridge University's Centre for the Study of Existential Risk

(Picture: A Google Earth map of Paris, France as the company unveils the revamped version of the application April, 2017 at a event at New York's Whitney Museum of Art. Credit: Getty Images)

20170923

The development of Artificial Intelligence is being seen as one of the biggest threats to jobs this century. Yet it's a technology that can also help humanity hugely and is forecast to increase global economic growth. So should we be afraid of AI - or should we embrace a future where machines could become as intelligent as humans? In the Balance brings together some of the top thinkers in the debate to ask whether AI is our friend or our enemy.

Contributors: Nick Bostrom, founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University
Luis Perez Breva, an expert in the process of technology innovation and entrepreneur, based at MIT
Kathleen Richardson, professor of Ethics and Culture of Robots and AI at De Montfort University
Kevin Warwick, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Coventry University
Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh, Executive Director of Cambridge University's Centre for the Study of Existential Risk

(Picture: A Google Earth map of Paris, France as the company unveils the revamped version of the application April, 2017 at a event at New York's Whitney Museum of Art. Credit: Getty Images)

20170930
20170930

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Very soon, for the first time in modern history, five generations will be working side by side. Baby boomers, traditionalists, and Generations X, Y and Z. Is it a manager's dream - or a nightmare? Manuela Saragosa and guests ask why millennials are so hard to manage - and how do you keep older workers motivated throughout a career that could last for 50 years?

Contributors: Professor Andrew Scott, Deputy Dean at London Business School and co-author of The 100-Year Life
Ali Hall, leadership development coach and Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School, Oxford
Chip Conley, Modern Elder and former head of global hospitality and strategy at Airbnb

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20170930

Very soon, for the first time in modern history, five generations will be working side by side. Baby boomers, traditionalists, and Generations X, Y and Z. Is it a manager's dream - or a nightmare? Manuela Saragosa and guests ask why millennials are so hard to manage - and how do you keep older workers motivated throughout a career that could last for 50 years?

Contributors: Professor Andrew Scott, Deputy Dean at London Business School and co-author of The 100-Year Life
Ali Hall, leadership development coach and Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School, Oxford
Chip Conley, Modern Elder and former head of global hospitality and strategy at Airbnb

20170930

Very soon, for the first time in modern history, five generations will be working side by side. Baby boomers, traditionalists, and Generations X, Y and Z. Is it a manager's dream - or a nightmare? Manuela Saragosa and guests ask why millennials are so hard to manage - and how do you keep older workers motivated throughout a career that could last for 50 years?

Contributors: Professor Andrew Scott, Deputy Dean at London Business School and co-author of The 100-Year Life
Ali Hall, leadership development coach and Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School, Oxford
Chip Conley, Modern Elder and former head of global hospitality and strategy at Airbnb

20170930

Very soon, for the first time in modern history, five generations will be working side by side. Baby boomers, traditionalists, and Generations X, Y and Z. Is it a manager's dream - or a nightmare? Manuela Saragosa and guests ask why millennials are so hard to manage - and how do you keep older workers motivated throughout a career that could last for 50 years?

Contributors: Professor Andrew Scott, Deputy Dean at London Business School and co-author of The 100-Year Life
Ali Hall, leadership development coach and Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School, Oxford
Chip Conley, Modern Elder and former head of global hospitality and strategy at Airbnb

20171007
20171007

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

China's economy is still growing at a respectable rate - but how long can that last? Ed Butler reports from China on the problems caused by increasing amounts of debt. Ed hears from students taking on debt they don't understand and finds out about the extent of Shanghai's property bubble. He is joined back in the studio by a panel of experts on China to ask whether high levels of debt could sink the country's booming economy.

Contributors: Linda Yueh, Adjunct Professor of Economics at London Business School and Fellow in Economics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University;
Steve Tsang, Director of SOAS China Institute;
Geoffrey Yu, Head of UK Investment Office at UBS Wealth Management.

(Picture: People visit a shopping mall complex in Shenyang, Liaoning province, as the authorities seek to revive the recession-hit industrial region. Credit: AFP/Getty images)

20171007

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

China's economy is still growing at a respectable rate - but how long can that last? Ed Butler reports from China on the problems caused by increasing amounts of debt. Ed hears from students taking on debt they don't understand and finds out about the extent of Shanghai's property bubble. He is joined back in the studio by a panel of experts on China to ask whether high levels of debt could sink the country's booming economy.

Contributors: Linda Yueh, Adjunct Professor of Economics at London Business School and Fellow in Economics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University;
Steve Tsang, Director of SOAS China Institute;
Geoffrey Yu, Head of UK Investment Office at UBS Wealth Management.

(Picture: People visit a shopping mall complex in Shenyang, Liaoning province, as the authorities seek to revive the recession-hit industrial region. Credit: AFP/Getty images)

20171007

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

China's economy is still growing at a respectable rate - but how long can that last? Ed Butler reports from China on the problems caused by increasing amounts of debt. Ed hears from students taking on debt they don't understand and finds out about the extent of Shanghai's property bubble. He is joined back in the studio by a panel of experts on China to ask whether high levels of debt could sink the country's booming economy.

Contributors: Linda Yueh, Adjunct Professor of Economics at London Business School and Fellow in Economics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University;
Steve Tsang, Director of SOAS China Institute;
Geoffrey Yu, Head of UK Investment Office at UBS Wealth Management.

(Picture: People visit a shopping mall complex in Shenyang, Liaoning province, as the authorities seek to revive the recession-hit industrial region. Credit: AFP/Getty images)

20171014
20171014

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

20171014

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

In the Balance reports this week from Catalonia, Spain's strongest economic region. The Catalan leader has declared that the region has won the right to independence, following a referendum declared illegal by the Spanish state. But what about the economy? Catalonia accounts for nearly 20% of Spain's GDP, but who would stand to lose most if the region breaks away? Manuela Saragosa travels to the Catalan capital Barcelona to hear from business people, economists and workers on whether Catalonia can afford to go it alone.

(Picture: Protesters wave Spanish and Catalan flags in Barcelona on October 12, 2017. Credit: JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)

20171014

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

In the Balance reports this week from Catalonia, Spain's strongest economic region. The Catalan leader has declared that the region has won the right to independence, following a referendum declared illegal by the Spanish state. But what about the economy? Catalonia accounts for nearly 20% of Spain's GDP, but who would stand to lose most if the region breaks away? Manuela Saragosa travels to the Catalan capital Barcelona to hear from business people, economists and workers on whether Catalonia can afford to go it alone.

(Picture: Protesters wave Spanish and Catalan flags in Barcelona on October 12, 2017. Credit: JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)

20171021
20171021

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

Are there clever solutions to real life challenges across South Asia? In partnership with the BBC Innovators series, Shivaani Kohok hears from some of the people in India who are coming up with new ideas to improve health, education and business in areas where life is tough. Shivaani and guests discuss how "jugaad" can help. It is a Hindi term that translates as "frugal innovation" - how to make the most of limited resources. But does jugaad have the potential to change lives?

(Photo: A crowd of Indian residents gather outside the Fair Price Shop in the northern district of Jahangirpuri, New Delhi. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

20171021

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

Are there clever solutions to real life challenges across South Asia? In partnership with the BBC Innovators series, Shivaani Kohok hears from some of the people in India who are coming up with new ideas to improve health, education and business in areas where life is tough. Shivaani and guests discuss how "jugaad" can help. It is a Hindi term that translates as "frugal innovation" - how to make the most of limited resources. But does jugaad have the potential to change lives?

(Photo: A crowd of Indian residents gather outside the Fair Price Shop in the northern district of Jahangirpuri, New Delhi. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

03/03/201220120305

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

03/03/201220120305

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

03/06/2017 Gmt20170603
03/06/2017 Gmt20170603
04/02/201220120206
04/02/201220120206

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

04/02/2017 Gmt2017020420170205 (WS)

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

04/03/2017 Gmt2017030420170305 (WS)

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

04/03/2017 Gmt20170304

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

07/01/201220120109
07/04/201220120408

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

07/04/201220120408

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

08/10/2016 Gmt20161009

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

08/10/2016 Gmt20161009

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

10/03/201220120312
10/03/201220120312

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

11/02/201220120213
11/02/201220120213

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

11/02/2017 Gmt2017021120170212 (WS)

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

12/05/201220120513
12/11/2016 GMT20161112

12/11/2016 GMT20161112

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

12/11/2016 Gmt2016111220161113 (WS)

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

12/11/2016 GMT2016111220161113 (WS)

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

14/01/201220120116
14/04/201220120415
14/04/201220120415

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

17/03/201220120319
17/03/201220120319

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

18/02/201220120220
18/03/2017 Gmt20170318
18/03/2017 Gmt20170318
19/11/2016 Gmt2016111920161120 (WS)

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

19/11/2016 Gmt2016111920161120 (WS)

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

20/05/2017 Gmt20170520
20/05/2017 Gmt20170520

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

21/01/201220120123
21/01/201220120123

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

21/04/2012

21/04/201220120422

21/04/201220120422

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

22/10/2016 Gmt20161023
22/10/2016 Gmt20161023

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

24/12/201120111217
25/02/2017 Gmt2017022520170226 (WS)

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

27/05/2017 Gmt20170527
27/05/2017 Gmt20170527
28/01/201220120130
28/01/201220120130

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

28/01/2017 Gmt2017012820170129 (WS)

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

28/04/201220120429
28/04/201220120429
31/03/201220120401
31/03/201220120401

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

A Turning Point For Bangladesh2013050420130505 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

(Image: A clothing worker at her sewing machine, Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

A Turning Point For Bangladesh2013050420130505 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

(Image: A clothing worker at her sewing machine, Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Aberdeen to Abadan20151017

Aberdeen to Abadan20151017

As global oil prices reach rock bottom, the profits of the Scottish oil industry are being squeezed as never before. So Scotland is looking to Iran for new business opportunities in anticipation of sanctions being lifted there. Could it mean the flowering of a new business partnership between the two countries? With Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and senior business figures from both Iran and Scotland. Presented by Pooneh Ghoddoosi.

(Photo: (left) A works op technician working at an oilfield technology company, in Aberdeen. Credit: AFP. (right) Iranian women walk in front of a portrait of supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Aberdeen To Abadan2015101720151018 (WS)

As oil prices plunge, Scotland's oil industry looks for new business horizons in Iran

As global oil prices reach rock bottom, the profits of the Scottish oil industry are being squeezed as never before. So Scotland is looking to Iran for new business opportunities in anticipation of sanctions being lifted there. Could it mean the flowering of a new business partnership between the two countries? With Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and senior business figures from both Iran and Scotland. Presented by Pooneh Ghoddoosi.

(Photo: (left) A works op technician working at an oilfield technology company, in Aberdeen. Credit: AFP. (right) Iranian women walk in front of a portrait of supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Aberdeen to Abadan2015101720151018 (WS)

As oil prices plunge, Scotland's oil industry looks for new business horizons in Iran

Africa: Risks And Rewards2014053120140601 (WS)

Does high risk mean high reward for investors in Africa?

Does high risk mean high reward for investors in Africa? It's the old cliché that with high risk comes high reward. Is this true of investing in much of modern Africa, and how has the continent adapted to big changes in recent years such as the influx of money from China?

At the Oxford Africa conference hosted by the Saïd Business School, Manuela Saragosa explores the changing nature of risk across Africa with the chief executive of Barclays Africa; Kennedy Bungane, director of the Senegal headquartered private equity AFIG fund; Stephane Le Bouder; and professor Eric Thun, lecturer in Chinese Business at Saïd Business School.

Africa: Risks And Rewards2014053120140601 (WS)

Does high risk mean high reward for investors in Africa?

Does high risk mean high reward for investors in Africa? It's the old cliché that with high risk comes high reward. Is this true of investing in much of modern Africa, and how has the continent adapted to big changes in recent years such as the influx of money from China?

At the Oxford Africa conference hosted by the Saïd Business School, Manuela Saragosa explores the changing nature of risk across Africa with the chief executive of Barclays Africa; Kennedy Bungane, director of the Senegal headquartered private equity AFIG fund; Stephane Le Bouder; and professor Eric Thun, lecturer in Chinese Business at Saïd Business School.

Africa's Banks and Financial Services20140426

Africa's Banks and Financial Services20140426

Africa's financial services are among the continent's fastest-growing sectors, and companies there are plugging the continent's unbanked into the global financial system. Presenter Manuela Saragosa discusses how, with Diana Layfield, chief executive officer of Africa Operations at Standard Chartered Bank, Dr Iraj Abedian, chief executive officer of Pan-African Capital Holdings and Bob Collymore, chief executive officer of Kenya's Safaricom, which owns the M-Pesa mobile money transfer system. Our resident management consultant-turned-comedian Colm O'Regan muses about the relationship he has with his bank. And our guests also discuss the nature of our dealings with banks - the relationship may be unequal but we still place a lot of trust in banking institutions.

Africa's Banks and Financial Services20140426

Why Africa's financial services are one of the continent's fastest-growing sectors

Africa's Banks And Financial Services2014042620140427 (WS)

Why Africa's financial services are one of the continent's fastest-growing sectors

Africa's financial services are among the continent's fastest-growing sectors, and companies there are plugging the continent's unbanked into the global financial system. Presenter Manuela Saragosa discusses how, with Diana Layfield, chief executive officer of Africa Operations at Standard Chartered Bank, Dr Iraj Abedian, chief executive officer of Pan-African Capital Holdings and Bob Collymore, chief executive officer of Kenya's Safaricom, which owns the M-Pesa mobile money transfer system. Our resident management consultant-turned-comedian Colm O'Regan muses about the relationship he has with his bank. And our guests also discuss the nature of our dealings with banks - the relationship may be unequal but we still place a lot of trust in banking institutions.

Africa's Banks and Financial Services2014042620140427 (WS)

Why Africa's financial services are one of the continent's fastest-growing sectors

Africa's Oil Boom20140621

Africa's Oil Boom2014062120140622 (WS)

Is Africa ready for its oil and gas boom? The continent already produces about a 10th of the world's oil and gas and that share is set to rise, as new finds from Sierra Leone in the West, to Kenya and Uganda in the East, come onstream. But what impact will all this have on the continent - and will it be enough to meet the energy needs of a fast growing population? In the Balance has a panel of experts from across Africa to answer those questions. Ed Butler hears from Arnold Ekpe, the honorary president of the Business Council for Africa, Tonye Cole co-founder and group executive director of Sahara Group and also Rashid Pelpuo, Ghanaian government minister. And, resident comedian Colm O' Regan goes out and about to discover the heritage of one of the British Empire's great cities.

Africa's Oil Boom2014062120140622 (WS)

Is Africa ready to make the most of its oil and gas boom?

Is Africa ready for its oil and gas boom? The continent already produces about a 10th of the world's oil and gas and that share is set to rise, as new finds from Sierra Leone in the West, to Kenya and Uganda in the East, come onstream. But what impact will all this have on the continent - and will it be enough to meet the energy needs of a fast growing population? In the Balance has a panel of experts from across Africa to answer those questions. Ed Butler hears from Arnold Ekpe, the honorary president of the Business Council for Africa, Tonye Cole co-founder and group executive director of Sahara Group and also Rashid Pelpuo, Ghanaian government minister. And, resident comedian Colm O' Regan goes out and about to discover the heritage of one of the British Empire's great cities.

Africa's Oil Boom2014062120140622 (WS)

Is Africa ready to make the most of its oil and gas boom?

Africa's Technology Revolution - Hype Or Reality?2013083120130901 (WS)

Has Africa's hi-tech revolution been over-hyped? Or is it on track to boost economies? Lesley Curwen is joined by ‘Bosun Tijani of the technology space CCHub Nigeria, Robin Miller of Dalberg, who has reported on the impact of the internet in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal, plus Arthur Goldstuck, Founder and CEO of World Wide Worx, an independent technology research and strategy organisation and Professor Tim Unwin, Secretary General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation which works with governments and regulators to promote technology expansion.

Plus comedian Colm O'Regan takes a light-hearted look at how to protect your passwords.

Picture: A man looks at mobile phones in a shop window, Credit: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

Africa's Technology Revolution - Hype Or Reality?2013083120130901 (WS)

Has Africa's hi-tech revolution been over-hyped? Or is it on track to boost economies? Lesley Curwen is joined by ‘Bosun Tijani of the technology space CCHub Nigeria, Robin Miller of Dalberg, who has reported on the impact of the internet in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal, plus Arthur Goldstuck, Founder and CEO of World Wide Worx, an independent technology research and strategy organisation and Professor Tim Unwin, Secretary General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation which works with governments and regulators to promote technology expansion.

Plus comedian Colm O'Regan takes a light-hearted look at how to protect your passwords.

Picture: A man looks at mobile phones in a shop window, Credit: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images

After Lehman20130914

Five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, we look at the global impact.

Five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, we look at the impact on the global economy. Have lessons been learned from the collapse of one of America's biggest and most prestigious investment banks? Three women with ring-side seats at the events that triggered the greatest recession since the 1930s recount where they were on the day Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. Manuela Saragosa hears from Pippa Malmgren, President of Principalis, politics and policy expert who used to be Special Assistant for Economic Policy to the President of the United States; Rachel Lomax, a former deputy governor of the Bank of England and Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University and Professor of Global Economic Governance.

After Lehman2013091420130915 (WS)

Five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, we look at the global impact.

After Lehman2013091420130915 (WS)

Five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, we look at the impact on the global economy. Have lessons been learned from the collapse of one of America's biggest and most prestigious investment banks? Three women with ring-side seats at the events that triggered the greatest recession since the 1930s recount where they were on the day Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. Manuela Saragosa hears from Pippa Malmgren, President of Principalis, politics and policy expert who used to be Special Assistant for Economic Policy to the President of the United States; Rachel Lomax, a former deputy governor of the Bank of England and Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University and Professor of Global Economic Governance.

Five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, we look at the global impact.

After Rana Plaza2013102620131027 (WS)

Bangladesh has the lowest wage garment economy in the world and is still reeling from a catastrophic factory building collapse six months ago in which more than 1130 people died. Most of them have received little or no long term compensation for the deaths of their relatives, or for their own injuries. In the Balance comes from Dhaka where the wounds inflicted by the Rana Plaza disaster are still raw. Ed Butler asks a factory owner, a union leader and a leading economist as well as an audience of Bangladeshi entrepreneurs, campaigners and students, who should take responsibility for the conditions in the country's factories. And should western consumers think again about how cheap their clothes should be?

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

After Rana Plaza2013102620131027 (WS)

Who should take responsibility for conditions in Bangladesh's garment industry?

Bangladesh has the lowest wage garment economy in the world and is still reeling from a catastrophic factory building collapse six months ago in which more than 1130 people died. Most of them have received little or no long term compensation for the deaths of their relatives, or for their own injuries. In the Balance comes from Dhaka where the wounds inflicted by the Rana Plaza disaster are still raw. Ed Butler asks a factory owner, a union leader and a leading economist as well as an audience of Bangladeshi entrepreneurs, campaigners and students, who should take responsibility for the conditions in the country's factories. And should western consumers think again about how cheap their clothes should be?

After Rana Plaza2013102620131027 (WS)

Who should take responsibility for conditions in Bangladesh's garment industry?

An Economic Super-state?20120602

How would you organise an economic super-state? Would that solve the Eurozone's problems?

At the end of a week of renewed financial strains in the Eurozone, there was a little political relief for embattled leaders.

A referendum in Ireland approved a system of discipline for European government finances.

The rules could be a step on the road to a much more integrated Eurozone, perhaps even a United States of Europe.

Would that fix the economic problems and is it feasible politically?

And Europe's financial engineering - clever tricks, but do they do anything other than hide the reality of who is paying the bills?

Andrew Walker hears the views of Huw Pill, Chief European Economist at Goldman Sachs, Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman of the financial think tank Z/Yen and Carl Astorri, senior economist at the consultancy, Oxford Economics.

An Economic Super-state?2012060220120603
20120603 (WS)

How would you organise an economic super-state? Would that solve the Eurozone's problems?

How would you organise an economic super-state? Would that solve the Eurozone's problems?

At the end of a week of renewed financial strains in the Eurozone, there was a little political relief for embattled leaders.

A referendum in Ireland approved a system of discipline for European government finances.

The rules could be a step on the road to a much more integrated Eurozone, perhaps even a United States of Europe.

Would that fix the economic problems and is it feasible politically?

And Europe's financial engineering - clever tricks, but do they do anything other than hide the reality of who is paying the bills?

Andrew Walker hears the views of Huw Pill, Chief European Economist at Goldman Sachs, Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman of the financial think tank Z/Yen and Carl Astorri, senior economist at the consultancy, Oxford Economics.

How would you organise an economic super-state? Would that solve the Eurozone's problems?

At the end of a week of renewed financial strains in the Eurozone, there was a little political relief for embattled leaders.

A referendum in Ireland approved a system of discipline for European government finances.

The rules could be a step on the road to a much more integrated Eurozone, perhaps even a United States of Europe.

Would that fix the economic problems and is it feasible politically?

And Europe's financial engineering - clever tricks, but do they do anything other than hide the reality of who is paying the bills?

Andrew Walker hears the views of Huw Pill, Chief European Economist at Goldman Sachs, Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman of the financial think tank Z/Yen and Carl Astorri, senior economist at the consultancy, Oxford Economics.

An Entrepreneurial State?20140802

An Entrepreneurial State?2014080220140803 (WS)

The state has a role in shaping markets of the future but should it?

This week we consider the role that governments play in creating some of the most disruptive, and profit making, technologies of our time. Do our lumbering government bureaucracies also contain the vital engines of enterprise?

Economists have long recognised that the state has a role in promoting innovation, but one of our guests this week argues that an entrepreneurial state does far more than just make up for the private sector's shortcomings. Through the big bets it makes on new technologies, such as aircraft or the internet, it can create and shape the markets of the future. But should it?

To debate this issue we have brought together Mariana Mazzucato, professor of economics and innovation at the University of Sussex; Arun Majumdar, vice president for energy at Google and soon to join Stanford University as Jay Precourt professor. He was previously the founding director of ARPA-E, the US federal government's lead programme for investing in high-risk, high-reward energy research. And Mark LIttlewood, director general of the Institute of Economic Affairs, A free market think-tank in the UK.

(Image: President Obama making a speech about innovation and entrepreneurship in June 2014)

An Entrepreneurial State?20140802

The state has a role in shaping markets of the future but should it?

An Entrepreneurial State?2014080220140803 (WS)

The state has a role in shaping markets of the future but should it?

An Entrepreneurial State?20140802

This week we consider the role that governments play in creating some of the most disruptive, and profit making, technologies of our time. Do our lumbering government bureaucracies also contain the vital engines of enterprise?

Economists have long recognised that the state has a role in promoting innovation, but one of our guests this week argues that an entrepreneurial state does far more than just make up for the private sector's shortcomings. Through the big bets it makes on new technologies, such as aircraft or the internet, it can create and shape the markets of the future. But should it?

To debate this issue we have brought together Mariana Mazzucato, professor of economics and innovation at the University of Sussex; Arun Majumdar, vice president for energy at Google and soon to join Stanford University as Jay Precourt professor. He was previously the founding director of ARPA-E, the US federal government's lead programme for investing in high-risk, high-reward energy research. And Mark LIttlewood, director general of the Institute of Economic Affairs, A free market think-tank in the UK.

(Image: President Obama making a speech about innovation and entrepreneurship in June 2014)

An Entrepreneurial State?2014080220140803 (WS)

This week we consider the role that governments play in creating some of the most disruptive, and profit making, technologies of our time. Do our lumbering government bureaucracies also contain the vital engines of enterprise?

Economists have long recognised that the state has a role in promoting innovation, but one of our guests this week argues that an entrepreneurial state does far more than just make up for the private sector's shortcomings. Through the big bets it makes on new technologies, such as aircraft or the internet, it can create and shape the markets of the future. But should it?

To debate this issue we have brought together Mariana Mazzucato, professor of economics and innovation at the University of Sussex; Arun Majumdar, vice president for energy at Google and soon to join Stanford University as Jay Precourt professor. He was previously the founding director of ARPA-E, the US federal government's lead programme for investing in high-risk, high-reward energy research. And Mark LIttlewood, director general of the Institute of Economic Affairs, A free market think-tank in the UK.

(Image: President Obama making a speech about innovation and entrepreneurship in June 2014)

The state has a role in shaping markets of the future but should it?

Are Central Bankers Grabbing Too Much Power?2012090820120909 (WS)

As the ECB brings in a new scheme to save the euro, the programme asks whether central banks have been over reaching themselves. Have they been poking their noses into stuff that should be left to elected politicians?

Plus central bankers' impenetrable jargon: In the Balance's resident comedian Colm O'Regan reckons parents could deploy that kind of language next time the kids ask for more pocket money.

Discussing these issues with Lesley Curwen - naturally in the clearest way possible - are Randall Kroszner, former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, who was chair of its Committee on Supervision and Regulation of Banking Institutions during the global financial crisis; Professor David Blanchflower, formerly a member of the Bank of England's interest rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee and economist Gabriel Stein, from the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum, who's also managing director of Stein Brothers UK.

As the ECB acts to save the euro, are central banks are over-reaching themselves?

Are Central Bankers Grabbing Too Much Power?2012090820120909 (WS)

As the ECB brings in a new scheme to save the euro, the programme asks whether central banks have been over reaching themselves. Have they been poking their noses into stuff that should be left to elected politicians?

Plus central bankers' impenetrable jargon: In the Balance's resident comedian Colm O'Regan reckons parents could deploy that kind of language next time the kids ask for more pocket money.

Discussing these issues with Lesley Curwen - naturally in the clearest way possible - are Randall Kroszner, former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, who was chair of its Committee on Supervision and Regulation of Banking Institutions during the global financial crisis; Professor David Blanchflower, formerly a member of the Bank of England's interest rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee and economist Gabriel Stein, from the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum, who's also managing director of Stein Brothers UK.

As the ECB acts to save the euro, are central banks are over-reaching themselves?

As the ECB brings in a new scheme to save the euro, the programme asks whether central banks have been over reaching themselves. Have they been poking their noses into stuff that should be left to elected politicians?

Plus central bankers' impenetrable jargon: In the Balance's resident comedian Colm O'Regan reckons parents could deploy that kind of language next time the kids ask for more pocket money.

Discussing these issues with Lesley Curwen - naturally in the clearest way possible - are Randall Kroszner, former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, who was chair of its Committee on Supervision and Regulation of Banking Institutions during the global financial crisis; Professor David Blanchflower, formerly a member of the Bank of England's interest rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee and economist Gabriel Stein, from the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum, who's also managing director of Stein Brothers UK.

As the ECB acts to save the euro, are central banks are over-reaching themselves?

Are We All Smartphone Users Now?2012091520120916 (WS)

Is there too much hype about smartphones and connectivity?

In the week Apple's new iPhone was launched, we discuss whether there's too much hype about smartphones and connectivity. Do we need to be connected to the internet 24 hours a day? Do business people really need a smartphone to succeed?

And our resident comedian Colm O'Regan looks at the eternal question of age and youth and wonders whether we listen to sages like George Soros and Warren Buffett partly because they're in their eighties.

Lesley Curwen is joined by the tech savvy brains of Herman Chinery-Hesse founder and chief executive of SoftTribe, the biggest software company in Ghana; Eben Upton, from Broadcom Europe who is the man behind the $25 credit card sized computer known as Raspberry Pi; Dr Mark Graham from the Oxford Internet Institute who's been looking at whether highspeed internet helps small business, and Ben Holmes, a Partner at Index Ventures, a UK Venture Capital business specialising in tech companies.

Are We All Smartphone Users Now?2012091520120916 (WS)

Is there too much hype about smartphones and connectivity?

Is there too much hype about smartphones and connectivity?

In the week Apple's new iPhone was launched, we discuss whether there's too much hype about smartphones and connectivity. Do we need to be connected to the internet 24 hours a day? Do business people really need a smartphone to succeed?

And our resident comedian Colm O'Regan looks at the eternal question of age and youth and wonders whether we listen to sages like George Soros and Warren Buffett partly because they're in their eighties.

Lesley Curwen is joined by the tech savvy brains of Herman Chinery-Hesse founder and chief executive of SoftTribe, the biggest software company in Ghana; Eben Upton, from Broadcom Europe who is the man behind the $25 credit card sized computer known as Raspberry Pi; Dr Mark Graham from the Oxford Internet Institute who's been looking at whether highspeed internet helps small business, and Ben Holmes, a Partner at Index Ventures, a UK Venture Capital business specialising in tech companies.

Is there too much hype about smartphones and connectivity?

In the week Apple's new iPhone was launched, we discuss whether there's too much hype about smartphones and connectivity. Do we need to be connected to the internet 24 hours a day? Do business people really need a smartphone to succeed?

And our resident comedian Colm O'Regan looks at the eternal question of age and youth and wonders whether we listen to sages like George Soros and Warren Buffett partly because they're in their eighties.

Lesley Curwen is joined by the tech savvy brains of Herman Chinery-Hesse founder and chief executive of SoftTribe, the biggest software company in Ghana; Eben Upton, from Broadcom Europe who is the man behind the $25 credit card sized computer known as Raspberry Pi; Dr Mark Graham from the Oxford Internet Institute who's been looking at whether highspeed internet helps small business, and Ben Holmes, a Partner at Index Ventures, a UK Venture Capital business specialising in tech companies.

Austerity Rules Ok?2011121020111212

Justin Rowlatt and guests wonder whether austerity is strangling economies or saving them

This week our new business discussion programme - In the Balance - reveals the secrets of successful budgeting from getting the cheapest clothes to the cheapest meals.

But if balancing the household budget is so simple, why doesn't it work for whole economies? We discuss the paradox of austerity - is it strangling economies or rescuing them?

And in these hard times, when should you retire? Our resident management consultant turned stand up comedian, Colm O'Regan, kicks off the

Join Justin Rowlatt and his guests: former Trade Union leader John Monks, Economist Paola Subacchi and Irish opposition politician Dara Calleary

Austerity Rules Ok?2011121020111212

Justin Rowlatt and guests wonder whether austerity is strangling economies or saving them

This week our new business discussion programme - In the Balance - reveals the secrets of successful budgeting from getting the cheapest clothes to the cheapest meals.

But if balancing the household budget is so simple, why doesn't it work for whole economies? We discuss the paradox of austerity - is it strangling economies or rescuing them?

And in these hard times, when should you retire? Our resident management consultant turned stand up comedian, Colm O'Regan, kicks off the

Join Justin Rowlatt and his guests: former Trade Union leader John Monks, Economist Paola Subacchi and Irish opposition politician Dara Calleary

Justin Rowlatt and guests wonder whether austerity is strangling economies or saving them

This week our new business discussion programme - In the Balance - reveals the secrets of successful budgeting from getting the cheapest clothes to the cheapest meals. But if balancing the household budget is so simple, why doesn't it work for whole economies? We discuss the paradox of austerity - is it strangling economies or rescuing them?

And in these hard times, when should you retire? Our resident management consultant turned stand up comedian, Colm O'Regan, kicks off the

Join Justin Rowlatt and his guests: former Trade Union leader John Monks, Economist Paola Subacchi and Irish opposition politician Dara Calleary

Austerity Rules Ok?20111212

Justin Rowlatt and guests wonder whether austerity is strangling economies or saving them

Baby Bust: Are We Running Out Of Workers?20160710

We are having fewer children than we used to. That's not true everywhere, but the global trend is a declining birth rate and in some countries populations have actually started shrinking.

Some have talked of the trend in fairly apocalyptic terms, forecasting the slow death of entire countries, but is it really that catastrophic? Is it in fact the answer to the economic and environmental pressures of population growth?

Falling fertility comes at the same time that many of us are living longer - could we find there aren't enough workers to power the world's economies and support the growing numbers of people in retirement?

What's causing these fertility declines and what, if anything, should governments and international agencies do about them?

In developing parts of the world, where birth rates are comparatively high, is falling fertility still seen as a sign of progress?

Andrew Walker is joined by Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director at the United Nations Population Fund, Ronald Lee, professor of demography at University of California, Berkeley, and Professor Jane Falkingham, of the University of Southampton and director of the Economic and Social Research Council's Centre for Population Change.

(Photo: A baby's cheek being stroked. Credit: Fiona Goodall, Getty Images)

The economic impact of falling birth rates and, in some cases, shrinking populations.

Baby Bust: Are We Running Out Of Workers?20160710

We are having fewer children than we used to. That's not true everywhere, but the global trend is a declining birth rate and in some countries populations have actually started shrinking.

Some have talked of the trend in fairly apocalyptic terms, forecasting the slow death of entire countries, but is it really that catastrophic? Is it in fact the answer to the economic and environmental pressures of population growth?

Falling fertility comes at the same time that many of us are living longer - could we find there aren't enough workers to power the world's economies and support the growing numbers of people in retirement?

What's causing these fertility declines and what, if anything, should governments and international agencies do about them?

In developing parts of the world, where birth rates are comparatively high, is falling fertility still seen as a sign of progress?

Andrew Walker is joined by Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director at the United Nations Population Fund, Ronald Lee, professor of demography at University of California, Berkeley, and Professor Jane Falkingham, of the University of Southampton and director of the Economic and Social Research Council's Centre for Population Change.

(Photo: A baby's cheek being stroked. Credit: Fiona Goodall, Getty Images)

The economic impact of falling birth rates and, in some cases, shrinking populations.

Battling the Bosses: The Rise of the Activist Investor20161126

Battling The Bosses: The Rise Of The Activist Investor2016112620161127 (WS)

Do investors that buy poorly performing companies and then lobby for change do any good?

We take a look at the growing international phenomenon of the activist investor. They hunt down companies they think are under-performing, buy a stake and then lobby for change. It can be aggressive, it can get ugly, and it is on the rise.

The number of activist campaigns in the US has grown from 104 in 2000 to 487 in 2015, according to a Credit Suisse report. The targets of these investors are becoming increasingly diverse, and activism has now spread into Europe and Asia. Companies from Yahoo to Apple to Rolls Royce have all been affected. Critics say activists are bad for companies and shareholders in the long-term, and detrimental to society as a whole. But activists say they provide a valuable service, holding poorly performing boards to account, and increasing shareholder profit.

The BBC's Ed Butler asks our panel of experts: Who really benefits in the long-term from activist activity? He's joined from Singapore by Dr Lawrence Loh, Director of the Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations at the National University of Singapore Business School, and by two guests in Washington DC - Nell Minow, Vice-chair of ValueEdge Advisors and David Langstaff, former founder of Veridian and former CEO of TASC.

(Photo: Man in business suit with boxing gloves on. Credit: Thinkstock)

Battling the Bosses: The Rise of the Activist Investor2016112620161127 (WS)

Do investors that buy poorly performing companies and then lobby for change do any good?

Battling the Bosses: The Rise of the Activist Investor20161126

We take a look at the growing international phenomenon of the activist investor. They hunt down companies they think are under-performing, buy a stake and then lobby for change. It can be aggressive, it can get ugly, and it is on the rise.

The number of activist campaigns in the US has grown from 104 in 2000 to 487 in 2015, according to a Credit Suisse report. The targets of these investors are becoming increasingly diverse, and activism has now spread into Europe and Asia. Companies from Yahoo to Apple to Rolls Royce have all been affected. Critics say activists are bad for companies and shareholders in the long-term, and detrimental to society as a whole. But activists say they provide a valuable service, holding poorly performing boards to account, and increasing shareholder profit.

The BBC's Ed Butler asks our panel of experts: Who really benefits in the long-term from activist activity? He's joined from Singapore by Dr Lawrence Loh, Director of the Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations at the National University of Singapore Business School, and by two guests in Washington DC - Nell Minow, Vice-chair of ValueEdge Advisors and David Langstaff, former founder of Veridian and former CEO of TASC.

(Photo: Man in business suit with boxing gloves on. Credit: Thinkstock)

Battling The Bosses: The Rise Of The Activist Investor2016112620161127 (WS)

We take a look at the growing international phenomenon of the activist investor. They hunt down companies they think are under-performing, buy a stake and then lobby for change. It can be aggressive, it can get ugly, and it is on the rise.

The number of activist campaigns in the US has grown from 104 in 2000 to 487 in 2015, according to a Credit Suisse report. The targets of these investors are becoming increasingly diverse, and activism has now spread into Europe and Asia. Companies from Yahoo to Apple to Rolls Royce have all been affected. Critics say activists are bad for companies and shareholders in the long-term, and detrimental to society as a whole. But activists say they provide a valuable service, holding poorly performing boards to account, and increasing shareholder profit.

The BBC's Ed Butler asks our panel of experts: Who really benefits in the long-term from activist activity? He's joined from Singapore by Dr Lawrence Loh, Director of the Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations at the National University of Singapore Business School, and by two guests in Washington DC - Nell Minow, Vice-chair of ValueEdge Advisors and David Langstaff, former founder of Veridian and former CEO of TASC.

(Photo: Man in business suit with boxing gloves on. Credit: Thinkstock)

Do investors that buy poorly performing companies and then lobby for change do any good?

Beautiful Game, Final Frontier20140712

Beautiful Game, Final Frontier2014071220140713 (WS)

This week we're dealing with the dreams of nations: World cup woes and space economies

Beautiful Game, Final Frontier20140712

This week's In the Balance deals with the dreams of nations; counting the cost of world cup woes and exploring Africa's investment in space technology.

We ask who stands to gain from high drama on the footballing field? Soccernomics expert Professor Stefan Szymanski and our regular contributor (and footballing fanatic) comedian Colm O’Regan will provide the answers.

And we discuss the new business being generated by the expansion of space programmes in Africa; With Seidu Mohammed of the Nigerian Space Agency, Dickson Adomako of Ghana's Space Science and Technology Institute, and Sir Martin Sweeting, Executive Chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

Beautiful Game, Final Frontier2014071220140713 (WS)

This week's In the Balance deals with the dreams of nations; counting the cost of world cup woes and exploring Africa's investment in space technology.

We ask who stands to gain from high drama on the footballing field? Soccernomics expert Professor Stefan Szymanski and our regular contributor (and footballing fanatic) comedian Colm O’Regan will provide the answers.

And we discuss the new business being generated by the expansion of space programmes in Africa; With Seidu Mohammed of the Nigerian Space Agency, Dickson Adomako of Ghana's Space Science and Technology Institute, and Sir Martin Sweeting, Executive Chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

This week we're dealing with the dreams of nations: World cup woes and space economies

Biofuels And Food Prices2012082520120826 (WS)

High food prices are again a cause for concern. In the Balance debates to what extent it's the result of food crops being used to make biofuels. Ruth Kelly from Oxfam says they must take some of the blame. Clare Wenner of the Renewable Energy Association in the UK defends them. David Hallam from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation explains the strains that are showing in the global food situation.

And as Europe and North America get back to work, do holidays do us, or our employers any good at all? Our resident comedian Colm O'Regan says that he takes lots of holidays - each one lasting just an hour.

Are biofuels responsible for rising food prices?

Biofuels And Food Prices2012082520120826 (WS)

High food prices are again a cause for concern. In the Balance debates to what extent it's the result of food crops being used to make biofuels. Ruth Kelly from Oxfam says they must take some of the blame. Clare Wenner of the Renewable Energy Association in the UK defends them. David Hallam from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation explains the strains that are showing in the global food situation.

And as Europe and North America get back to work, do holidays do us, or our employers any good at all? Our resident comedian Colm O'Regan says that he takes lots of holidays - each one lasting just an hour.

Are biofuels responsible for rising food prices?

High food prices are again a cause for concern. In the Balance debates to what extent it's the result of food crops being used to make biofuels. Ruth Kelly from Oxfam says they must take some of the blame. Clare Wenner of the Renewable Energy Association in the UK defends them. David Hallam from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation explains the strains that are showing in the global food situation.

And as Europe and North America get back to work, do holidays do us, or our employers any good at all? Our resident comedian Colm O'Regan says that he takes lots of holidays - each one lasting just an hour.

High food prices are again a cause for concern. In the Balance debates to what extent it's the result of food crops being used to make biofuels. Ruth Kelly from Oxfam says they must take some of the blame. Clare Wenner of the Renewable Energy Association in the UK defends them. David Hallam from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation explains the strains that are showing in the global food situation.

And as Europe and North America get back to work, do holidays do us, or our employers, any good at all. Our resident comedian Colm O'Regan says that he takes lots of holidays - each one lasting just an hour.

Are biofuels responsible for rising food prices?

Bitcoin: Has Its Time Come?2013112320131124 (WS)

How can a giant stone currency help us understand bitcoin and virtual currencies?

How can the giant stone currency of the island of Yap help us understand "bitcoin" and the world of virtual currencies? As US senators this week discussed the merits, and dangers, of these so-called crypto currencies, Justin Rowlatt and his guests delve into the opaque world of digital dealings and ask what on earth is a virtual currency, and what's the point of bitcoin when there are so many conventional currencies on offer? And the programme's resident chief ruminator, Colm O'Regan, on why he's failed, so far, to grasp the freedom from the rules that bitcoin represents.

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i.

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

Bitcoin: Has Its Time Come?2013112320131124 (WS)

How can the giant stone currency of the island of Yap help us understand "bitcoin" and the world of virtual currencies? As US senators this week discussed the merits, and dangers, of these so-called crypto currencies, Justin Rowlatt and his guests delve into the opaque world of digital dealings and ask what on earth is a virtual currency, and what's the point of bitcoin when there are so many conventional currencies on offer? And the programme's resident chief ruminator, Colm O'Regan, on why he's failed, so far, to grasp the freedom from the rules that bitcoin represents.

How can a giant stone currency help us understand bitcoin and virtual currencies?

Bitcoin: Still The Future of Money?20160717

Bitcoin: Still The Future of Money?20160717

A bitter ideological battle is being fought for control over the virtual currency's future. Can it survive if it doesn't expand to accommodate more users and transactions?

Meanwhile, banks and others are using Bitcoin's underlying technology to develop their own products and services. Does the blockchain ultimately have more potential?

The Bitcoin impasse has led to some high-profile defections, including that of former core developer Mike Hearn. He tells Rory Cellan-Jones why he thinks the experiment has failed.

They are joined by Alex Waters, co-founder of Bitcoin investment firm Coin Apex, and Melanie Swan, a philosopher and economic theorist at the New School for Social Research in New York.

(Picture: A shop displaying a Bitcoin sign in Hong Kong. Credit: Philippe Lopez, Getty Images)

Bitcoin: Still The Future of Money?20160717

Internal feuding and defections threaten the stability of the virtual currency

Bitcoin: Still The Future Of Money?20160717

Internal feuding and defections threaten the stability of the virtual currency

A bitter ideological battle is being fought for control over the virtual currency's future. Can it survive if it doesn't expand to accommodate more users and transactions?

Meanwhile, banks and others are using Bitcoin's underlying technology to develop their own products and services. Does the blockchain ultimately have more potential?

The Bitcoin impasse has led to some high-profile defections, including that of former core developer Mike Hearn. He tells Rory Cellan-Jones why he thinks the experiment has failed.

They are joined by Alex Waters, co-founder of Bitcoin investment firm Coin Apex, and Melanie Swan, a philosopher and economic theorist at the New School for Social Research in New York.

(Picture: A shop displaying a Bitcoin sign in Hong Kong. Credit: Philippe Lopez, Getty Images)

Brexit: What Next for the City of London?20161030

Brexit: What Next for the City of London?20161030

Could Brexit be about to undermine the dominance of London's banking industry? The British Banker's Association has warned that large banks are getting ready to relocate out of the UK early next year, and smaller banks could move operations overseas before then.

It comes amid a fierce debate in Britain and Europe over what Brexit should look like. Some banks in London are pushing to retain access to the single market - especially so-called passporting rights. But the British government is unwilling to give ground to the EU on its key demand - control over immigration.

Frankfurt, Berlin and Paris are certainly on the charm offensive, with lobbyists hard at work encouraging relocation. So can London retain its status as a global finance hub – and who benefits if it doesn't? How much do other cities really stand to gain from Britain's imminent exit from the EU, and possibly the single market? And if there is an exodus of banks from the City of London, what will it mean for Europe, and even the global economy?

The BBC's Ed Butler is joined by an expert panel - Mark Boleat, policy chairman of The City of London Corporation; Marta Krupinska, a Polish-born businesswoman and founder of Azimo, a platform for sending money internationally; Dr Gerard Lyons, of the Policy Exchange think-tank and NetWealth Investments; Nicolas Véron, of the Bruegel Institute and the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

(Photo: City of London skyline. Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Brexit: What Next for the City of London?20161030

Will Brexit undermine the dominance of London's banking industry?

Brexit: What Next For The City Of London?20161030

Will Brexit undermine the dominance of London's banking industry?

Could Brexit be about to undermine the dominance of London's banking industry? The British Banker's Association has warned that large banks are getting ready to relocate out of the UK early next year, and smaller banks could move operations overseas before then.

It comes amid a fierce debate in Britain and Europe over what Brexit should look like. Some banks in London are pushing to retain access to the single market - especially so-called passporting rights. But the British government is unwilling to give ground to the EU on its key demand - control over immigration.

Frankfurt, Berlin and Paris are certainly on the charm offensive, with lobbyists hard at work encouraging relocation. So can London retain its status as a global finance hub – and who benefits if it doesn't? How much do other cities really stand to gain from Britain's imminent exit from the EU, and possibly the single market? And if there is an exodus of banks from the City of London, what will it mean for Europe, and even the global economy?

The BBC's Ed Butler is joined by an expert panel - Mark Boleat, policy chairman of The City of London Corporation; Marta Krupinska, a Polish-born businesswoman and founder of Azimo, a platform for sending money internationally; Dr Gerard Lyons, of the Policy Exchange think-tank and NetWealth Investments; Nicolas Véron, of the Bruegel Institute and the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

(Photo: City of London skyline. Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Brexit: Will the UK Stay or Go?20160130

Brexit: Will the UK Stay or Go?20160130

This year looks set to be the moment when the UK decides whether or not it will remain as part of the European Union. With a referendum expected, we look at the implications of this historic vote, not just for the UK, but for the EU and for the global economy, too. We hear from business men and women from both sides of the so-called 'Brexit' divide, making the case for Britain in or Britain out, including Global Head of Economics at Societe Generale, Michala Marcussen, CEO of JML John Mills and leading UK economist and adviser to the Mayor of London, Gerard Lyons. Presented by Ed Butler

(Photo: A young spectator watches sporting action with a Union Jack painted on his face at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, England. Credit: Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Brexit: Will The Uk Stay Or Go?2016013020160131 (WS)

What is at stake if the UK decides to leave the EU, not just for the UK, but Europe too?

This year looks set to be the moment when the UK decides whether or not it will remain as part of the European Union. With a referendum expected, we look at the implications of this historic vote, not just for the UK, but for the EU and for the global economy, too. We hear from business men and women from both sides of the so-called 'Brexit' divide, making the case for Britain in or Britain out, including Global Head of Economics at Societe Generale, Michala Marcussen, CEO of JML John Mills and leading UK economist and adviser to the Mayor of London, Gerard Lyons. Presented by Ed Butler

(Photo: A young spectator watches sporting action with a Union Jack painted on his face at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, England. Credit: Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Brexit: Will the UK Stay or Go?2016013020160131 (WS)

What is at stake if the UK decides to leave the EU, not just for the UK, but Europe too?

Business And Youth2013062220130623 (WS)

Brazil and Turkey are the latest countries to see protests featuring large numbers of young people. How can developing economies harness the power of youth? Of the 1.2 billion people globally aged between 15 and 24, around 1 billion live in developing countries. So how do you turn a big young population into an economic opportunity? Manuela Saragosa and guests: Ganesh Natarajan, Vice Chairman and CEO of Zensar Technologies; Andrew Devenport, CEO of Youth Business International - a charity that promotes entrepreneurialism among young people and Paras Fatnani, One Young World ambassador for India, discuss how business can benefit from a young workforce. And resident comedian, Colm O'Regan, asks what it takes to move up in the world.

(Image: A Brazilian teenager listens to music, Credit: Getty Images)

Business And Youth2013062220130623 (WS)

Brazil and Turkey are the latest countries to see protests featuring large numbers of young people. How can developing economies harness the power of youth? Of the 1.2 billion people globally aged between 15 and 24, around 1 billion live in developing countries. So how do you turn a big young population into an economic opportunity? Manuela Saragosa and guests: Ganesh Natarajan, Vice Chairman and CEO of Zensar Technologies; Andrew Devenport, CEO of Youth Business International - a charity that promotes entrepreneurialism among young people and Paras Fatnani, One Young World ambassador for India, discuss how business can benefit from a young workforce. And resident comedian, Colm O'Regan, asks what it takes to move up in the world.

(Image: A Brazilian teenager listens to music, Credit: Getty Images)

Can The Rainbow Nation Deliver?2012102720121028 (WS)

What is it that stops South Africa delivering a better standard of living to its people?

What is it that stops South Africa delivering a better standard of living to all its people? Archbishop Desmond Tutu coined the term, and Nelson Mandela famously called the country the rainbow nation. But 18 years after the end of apartheid, the pot of gold is still out of sight for many. Manuela Saragosa and her guests, Will Jimerson, Lyal White, John Capel and Kate Robertson discuss what's gone wrong and how to fix the yawning gap between South Africa's haves and have nots. Plus, inequality may be bad for countries, but is it essential in the workplace? Colm O'Regan muses on the moment he joined management and became "them", not "us".

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Can The Rainbow Nation Deliver?2012102720121028 (WS)

What is it that stops South Africa delivering a better standard of living to its people?

What is it that stops South Africa delivering a better standard of living to its people?

What is it that stops South Africa delivering a better standard of living to all its people? Archbishop Desmond Tutu coined the term, and Nelson Mandela famously called the country the rainbow nation. But 18 years after the end of apartheid, the pot of gold is still out of sight for many. Manuela Saragosa and her guests, Will Jimerson, Lyal White, John Capel and Kate Robertson discuss what's gone wrong and how to fix the yawning gap between South Africa's haves and have nots. Plus, inequality may be bad for countries, but is it essential in the workplace? Colm O'Regan muses on the moment he joined management and became "them", not "us".

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

What is it that stops South Africa delivering a better standard of living to its people?

What is it that stops South Africa delivering a better standard of living to all its people? Archbishop Desmond Tutu coined the term, and Nelson Mandela famously called the country the rainbow nation. But 18 years after the end of apartheid, the pot of gold is still out of sight for many. Manuela Saragosa and her guests, Will Jimerson, Lyal White, John Capel and Kate Robertson discuss what's gone wrong and how to fix the yawning gap between South Africa's haves and have nots. Plus, inequality may be bad for countries, but is it essential in the workplace? Colm O'Regan muses on the moment he joined management and became "them", not "us".

Can Trump Rebuild America?20161112

Can Trump Rebuild America?20161112

Can Donald Trump deliver on his promises of more jobs and growth, especially to parts of the Midwest that have been starved of employment and hope for decades? Around seven million factory jobs have been lost in the region since the 1970s. President-elect Trump has promised to invest in infrastructure, boost production, revive manufacturing, and cut taxes. He also talked about abandoning the country's trade deals and building a wall with Mexico. How much of this is feasible, and can he do it whilst keeping some kind of reasonable limit on the country's already substantial national debt?

The BBC's Ed Butler discuss these issues with Pippa Malmgren, a former member of George W Bush's economic team; Jared Bernstein from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and formerly, Barack Obama's economic team. They are also joined by Lou Mavrakis, Mayor of Monessen, Pennsylvania, a rust-belt town which has been hard hit by the recent decades of decline.

(Photo: A former steel factory in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in November 2016. Credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Trump Rebuild America?2016111220161113 (WS)

Can Donald Trump deliver on his promises of more jobs and growth?

Can Donald Trump deliver on his promises of more jobs and growth, especially to parts of the Midwest that have been starved of employment and hope for decades? Around seven million factory jobs have been lost in the region since the 1970s. President-elect Trump has promised to invest in infrastructure, boost production, revive manufacturing, and cut taxes. He also talked about abandoning the country's trade deals and building a wall with Mexico. How much of this is feasible, and can he do it whilst keeping some kind of reasonable limit on the country's already substantial national debt?

The BBC's Ed Butler discuss these issues with Pippa Malmgren, a former member of George W Bush's economic team; Jared Bernstein from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and formerly, Barack Obama's economic team. They are also joined by Lou Mavrakis, Mayor of Monessen, Pennsylvania, a rust-belt town which has been hard hit by the recent decades of decline.

(Photo: A former steel factory in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in November 2016. Credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Trump Rebuild America?2016111220161113 (WS)

Can Donald Trump deliver on his promises of more jobs and growth?

Capitalism In The Spotlight20120130

In the Balance goes right back to basics and asks asking whether the economic system on which the entire world economy is based is not working. Has capitalism broken down and if so - do we need to get under its bonnet? Justin Rowlatt and his guests Raghurum Rajan, Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, Nancy Koehn of the Harvard Business School and Paddy Docherty of Pheonix Africa get to grips with the issue. Plus the programme's regular comedian Colm O'Regan helps the panel explore that bugbear of the business world, the meeting - does anything good ever come out of them?

Justin Rowlatt and guests discuss whether capitalism needs fixing. And do meetings work?

Capitalism In The Spotlight20120130

In the Balance goes right back to basics and asks asking whether the economic system on which the entire world economy is based is not working. Has capitalism broken down and if so - do we need to get under its bonnet? Justin Rowlatt and his guests Raghurum Rajan, Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, Nancy Koehn of the Harvard Business School and Paddy Docherty of Pheonix Africa get to grips with the issue. Plus the programme's regular comedian Colm O'Regan helps the panel explore that bugbear of the business world, the meeting - does anything good ever come out of them?

Justin Rowlatt and guests discuss whether capitalism needs fixing. And do meetings work?

Central Bankers: Failed Heroes?20161016
Central Bankers: Failed Heroes?20161016

Once seen as the rock stars of the finance world, have central bankers run out of ammo?

Should central bankers, once seen as the new rock stars of the finance world, be more aptly described as failed heroes? As the world's finance ministries battle to revive their ailing, post-crisis economies, they have increasingly turned to the central bankers to do whatever it takes according to Mario Draghi, to keep those economic wheels turning. As a result, interest rates have been slashed in the rich world and some banks have launched massive programmes of quantitative easing. But have these technical remedies for economic stagnation run their course? As the debt piles rise and the rates approach zero or even negative in some countries - are the bankers' big bazookas as they were once memorably called, running out of ammunition?

The BBC's Ed Butler is joined by three guests - DeAnne Julius, a founding member of the Monetary Policy Committee which sets the Bank of England's interest rates, Jeff Deist, president of the Mises Institute, a long-time critic of the tactics deployed by the leading central banks, and Usha Thorat, a former deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India in Mumbai.

(Photo: Computer graphic of a man opening his shirt revealing a t-shirt with percent symbol. Credit: Wavebreakmedia Ltd)

Central Bankers: Failed Heroes?20161016

Should central bankers, once seen as the new rock stars of the finance world, be more aptly described as failed heroes? As the world's finance ministries battle to revive their ailing, post-crisis economies, they have increasingly turned to the central bankers to do whatever it takes according to Mario Draghi, to keep those economic wheels turning. As a result, interest rates have been slashed in the rich world and some banks have launched massive programmes of quantitative easing. But have these technical remedies for economic stagnation run their course? As the debt piles rise and the rates approach zero or even negative in some countries - are the bankers' big bazookas as they were once memorably called, running out of ammunition?

The BBC's Ed Butler is joined by three guests - DeAnne Julius, a founding member of the Monetary Policy Committee which sets the Bank of England's interest rates, Jeff Deist, president of the Mises Institute, a long-time critic of the tactics deployed by the leading central banks, and Usha Thorat, a former deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India in Mumbai.

(Photo: Computer graphic of a man opening his shirt revealing a t-shirt with percent symbol. Credit: Wavebreakmedia Ltd)

Once seen as the rock stars of the finance world, have central bankers run out of ammo?

China's Economic Path20120312

As China's leaders meet in Beijing, Lesley Curwen and her guests debate whether its economy is running out of steam.

The guests are: from Singapore, Fraser Howie Managing Director of independent brokerage CLSA Singapore who is the co-author of Red Capitalism: from London, Dr KC Lin from the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge University: and from Beijing, Qian Liu who's Deputy Director of the China Forecasting Service at the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Plus, comedian Colm O'Regan looks at how to be thrifty in an era of austerity.

Is China's economy running out of steam? Lesley Curwen and her guests debate the issue.

As China's leaders meet in Beijing, Lesley Curwen and her guests debate whether its economy is running out of steam.

The guests are: from Singapore, Fraser Howie Managing Director of independent brokerage CLSA Singapore who is the co-author of Red Capitalism: from London, Dr KC Lin from the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge University: and from Beijing, Qian Liu who's Deputy Director of the China Forecasting Service at the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Plus, comedian Colm O'Regan looks at how to be thrifty in an era of austerity.

Is China's economy running out of steam? Lesley Curwen and her guests debate the issue.

China's Economy: Does Size Matter?2014051020140511 (WS)

China's economy will overtake the US as the world's largest this year, statisticians say

China's economy will overtake the US as the world's largest this year, according to a grouping of the world’s leading statistical agencies called the International Comparison Program. We'll be asking if that matters, and discussing whether we're just too focused on numbers. Is there more to economic power than statistical superlatives?

Our guests this week are George Magnus, an author and the former chief economist at the investment bank UBS; Ting Zhang, founder and CEO of the consultancy China Business Solutions; Jeffrey Frankel, professor of Capital Formation and Growth at Harvard University; Gurcharan Das, author, commentator and former CEO of Procter and Gamble India; and Dr Kent Deng, associate professor in Economic History at the London School of Economics.

Plus, amid all the talk of economic superpowers, our resident comedian Colm O'Regan wonders if Ireland can teach the world a few lessons when it comes to soft power.

China's economy will overtake the US as the world's largest this year, according to a grouping of the world’s leading statistical agencies called the International Comparison Program. We'll be asking if that matters, and discussing whether we're just too focused on numbers. Is there more to economic power than statistical superlatives?

Our guests this week are George Magnus, an author and the former chief economist at the investment bank UBS; Ting Zhang, founder and CEO of the consultancy China Business Solutions; Jeffrey Frankel, professor of Capital Formation and Growth at Harvard University; Gurcharan Das, author, commentator and former CEO of Procter and Gamble India; and Dr Kent Deng, associate professor in Economic History at the London School of Economics.

Plus, amid all the talk of economic superpowers, our resident comedian Colm O'Regan wonders if Ireland can teach the world a few lessons when it comes to soft power.

China's economy will overtake the US as the world's largest this year, statisticians say

China's Generation-y Speaks Out2016011620160117 (WS)

Young Chinese, trapped amidst economic turmoil, raise doubts about government tactics

With a Chinese economic crisis looming, IN THE BALANCE this week takes a step inside the country to hear from the generation of wealthy, middle-class twenty-somethings who will determine the country's future. With extraordinary candour, they raise questions about the way their government is handling the country's economy, they raise questions about the ability of their parent's generation to fully understand the global economic changes which impact China and they outline with remarkable clarity, their generation's hopes for personal wealth, freedom to choose and a greater participation in the global economy. We're also joined by leading economic thinkers and long-time China-watchers Kenneth Rogoff, George Magnus and Diana Choyleva, all on hand to respond to this unique glimpse inside the minds of China's Generation-Y. Presented by Ed Butler (PHOTO: Chinese teenagers attend a rock-and-roll festival in Beijing CREDIT: Guang Niu/Getty Images)

Young Chinese, trapped amidst economic turmoil, raise doubts about government tactics

With a Chinese economic crisis looming, IN THE BALANCE this week takes a step inside the country to hear from the generation of wealthy, middle-class twenty-somethings who will determine the country's future. With extraordinary candour, they raise questions about the way their government is handling the country's economy, they raise questions about the ability of their parent's generation to fully understand the global economic changes which impact China and they outline with remarkable clarity, their generation's hopes for personal wealth, freedom to choose and a greater participation in the global economy. We're also joined by leading economic thinkers and long-time China-watchers Kenneth Rogoff, George Magnus and Diana Choyleva, all on hand to respond to this unique glimpse inside the minds of China's Generation-Y. Presented by Ed Butler (PHOTO: Chinese teenagers attend a rock-and-roll festival in Beijing CREDIT: Guang Niu/Getty Images)

Chinese Property20120109

The eurozone crisis is usually presented as the most worrying trend in the world economy but is it? Are there even more frightening crises around, just ones we haven't been paying quite as much attention to?

The strongest contender has to be the Chinese property market. Is it on the verge of a catastrophic collapse? There are reports that prices in Beijing and Shanghai are already on the slide and sales are down dramatically.

The continued explosive economic growth in China has been one of the key factors keeping the entire world economy ticking over in recent years so if the property market bombed that might threaten the wider Chinese economy and the world.

One manager of a major hedge fund has described the threat as like "Dubai times 1,000 - but worse". So is that right?

Presenter Justin Rowlatt is joined from Beijing by Xie Tao who is professor of political science at the Beijing Foreign Studies University and in London by Dr Kent Deng of the Economic history department at the London School of Economics and Duncan Innes-Ker, who is a senior Asia editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit.

And we'll also be asking the panel what to make of the Chinese government's decision to set its sights on the moon. Why on earth - so to speak - would you fund a space programme when hundreds of millions of Chinese people still live in abject poverty.

(Image: A worker standing on scaffolding at a construction site for a new shopping complex in Hefei, in eastern China. Credit: AFP/Getty)

Is the Chinese property market the next financial disaster waiting to happen?

Chinese Property20120109

The eurozone crisis is usually presented as the most worrying trend in the world economy but is it? Are there even more frightening crises around, just ones we haven't been paying quite as much attention to?

The strongest contender has to be the Chinese property market. Is it on the verge of a catastrophic collapse? There are reports that prices in Beijing and Shanghai are already on the slide and sales are down dramatically.

The continued explosive economic growth in China has been one of the key factors keeping the entire world economy ticking over in recent years so if the property market bombed that might threaten the wider Chinese economy and the world.

One manager of a major hedge fund has described the threat as like "Dubai times 1,000 - but worse". So is that right?

Presenter Justin Rowlatt is joined from Beijing by Xie Tao who is professor of political science at the Beijing Foreign Studies University and in London by Dr Kent Deng of the Economic history department at the London School of Economics and Duncan Innes-Ker, who is a senior Asia editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit.

And we'll also be asking the panel what to make of the Chinese government's decision to set its sights on the moon. Why on earth - so to speak - would you fund a space programme when hundreds of millions of Chinese people still live in abject poverty.

(Image: A worker standing on scaffolding at a construction site for a new shopping complex in Hefei, in eastern China. Credit: AFP/Getty)

Is the Chinese property market the next financial disaster waiting to happen?

Choosing A Running Mate2012081820120819 (WS)

The United States' $11 trillion debt is an issue the new Republican candidate for the vice-presidency, Paul Ryan, has close to his heart. As the country gets ready to vote, is America unusually divided on how to cut government borrowing? Plus do the spouses of political or business leaders, for that matter, always have to take a back seat?

Andrew Walker's guests this week are Diana Furchtgott-Roth a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and formerly an economic advisor to Republican presidents George Bush Senior and Ronald Reagan; Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress and a former director of domestic policy for the Obama-Biden presidential campaign; and Professor Iwan Morgan of the Institute of the Americas at University College London. And In the Balance's in- house comedian, Colm O'Regan, wonders whether he has what it takes to be a supportive spouse.

As Paul Ryan is picked, is the U.S. unusually divided on how to cut government borrowing?

Choosing A Running Mate2012081820120819 (WS)

The United States' $11 trillion debt is an issue the new Republican candidate for the vice-presidency, Paul Ryan, has close to his heart. As the country gets ready to vote, is America unusually divided on how to cut government borrowing? Plus do the spouses of political or business leaders, for that matter, always have to take a back seat?

Andrew Walker's guests this week are Diana Furchtgott-Roth a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and formerly an economic advisor to Republican presidents George Bush Senior and Ronald Reagan; Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress and a former director of domestic policy for the Obama-Biden presidential campaign; and Professor Iwan Morgan of the Institute of the Americas at University College London. And In the Balance's in- house comedian, Colm O'Regan, wonders whether he has what it takes to be a supportive spouse.

As Paul Ryan is picked, is the U.S. unusually divided on how to cut government borrowing?

The United States' $11 trillion debt is an issue the new Republican candidate for the vice-presidency, Paul Ryan, has close to his heart. As the country gets ready to vote, is America unusually divided on how to cut government borrowing? Plus do the spouses of political or business leaders, for that matter, always have to take a back seat?

Andrew Walker's guests this week are Diana Furchtgott-Roth a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and formerly an economic advisor to Republican presidents George Bush Senior and Ronald Reagan; Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress and a former director of domestic policy for the Obama-Biden presidential campaign; and Professor Iwan Morgan of the Institute of the Americas at University College London. And In the Balance's in- house comedian, Colm O'Regan, wonders whether he has what it takes to be a supportive spouse.

The United States' $11 trillion debt is an issue the new Republican candidate for the vice-presidency, Paul Ryan, has close to his heart. As the country gets ready to vote, is America unusually divided on how to cut government borrowing? Plus do the spouses of political or business leaders, for that matter, always have to take a back seat?

Andrew Walker's guests this week are Diana Furchtgott-Roth a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and formerly an economic advisor to Republican presidents George Bush Senior and Ronald Reagan; Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress and a former director of domestic policy for the Obama-Biden presidential campaign; and Professor Iwan Morgan of the Institute of the Americas at University College London. And In the Balance's in- house comedian, Colm O'Regan, wonders whether he has what it takes to be a supportive spouse.

As Paul Ryan is picked, is the U.S. unusually divided on how to cut government borrowing?

Climate Challenges20140927

Following the major United Nations climate gathering in New York we ask if the summit's premise - that economic growth is compatible with protecting the environment - is right? Manuela Saragosa and guests Jennifer Turner, China environment expert at the Wilson Center in Washington DC, Shreekant Gupta of the University of Dehli's Department of Economics, Helen Mountford, from the New Climate Economy grouping and Samuel Fankhauser of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, debate the likelihood of a low carbon future. While our resident comedian Colm O' Regan puts his green credentials to the test on a bicycle in Copenhagen

Climate Challenges20140927

Is economic growth compatible with protecting the environment?

Climate Challenges2014092720140928 (WS)

Is economic growth compatible with protecting the environment?

Following the major United Nations climate gathering in New York we ask if the summit's premise - that economic growth is compatible with protecting the environment - is right? Manuela Saragosa and guests : Jennifer Turner, China environment expert at the Wilson Center in Washington DC, Shreekant Gupta of the University of Dehli's Department of Economics, Helen Mountford, from the New Climate Economy grouping and Samuel Fankhauser of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change debate the likelihood of a low carbon future. While our resident comedian Colm O' Regan puts his green credentials to the test on a bicycle in Copenhagen

Climate Challenges20140927

Is economic growth compatible with protecting the environment?

Following the major United Nations climate gathering in New York we ask if the summit's premise - that economic growth is compatible with protecting the environment - is right? Manuela Saragosa and guests : Jennifer Turner, China environment expert at the Wilson Center in Washington DC, Shreekant Gupta of the University of Dehli's Department of Economics, Helen Mountford, from the New Climate Economy grouping and Samuel Fankhauser of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change debate the likelihood of a low carbon future. While our resident comedian Colm O' Regan puts his green credentials to the test on a bicycle in Copenhagen

Climate Challenges2014092720140928 (WS)

Is economic growth compatible with protecting the environment?

Climate Countdown20151205

Climate Countdown20151205

As the world gathers in Paris to hammer out measures which all hope will slow the rise in global temperatures, In the Balance is in the city to debate the role of big business and big finance in what happens now? We hear from the CEO of one of the world's biggest electricity producers - Engie - and from the former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón. They are joined by an audience of activists, students and some leading thinkers from the world climate economics, to debate what corporate responsibility might look like, as the world confronts the need to change its ways. That's the Climate Countdown - an In the Balance special debate - from the Climate summit in Paris. PHOTO: Shows an apple marked with the portrait of French President Francois Hollande and another apple marked with the logo of the COP21 (CREDIT: Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/AFP/Getty Images)

Climate Countdown2015120520151206 (WS)

Business faces tough questions from experts and activists at the climate summit in Paris

As the world gathers in Paris to hammer out measures which all hope will slow the rise in global temperatures, In the Balance is in the city to debate the role of big business and big finance in what happens now? We hear from the CEO of one of the world's biggest electricity producers - Engie - and from the former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón. They are joined by an audience of activists, students and some leading thinkers from the world climate economics, to debate what corporate responsibility might look like, as the world confronts the need to change its ways. That's the Climate Countdown - an In the Balance special debate - from the Climate summit in Paris. PHOTO: Shows an apple marked with the portrait of French President Francois Hollande and another apple marked with the logo of the COP21 (CREDIT: Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/AFP/Getty Images)

Climate Countdown2015120520151206 (WS)

Business faces tough questions from experts and activists at the climate summit in Paris

Could the Next 'Emerging Economy' be the West?20160416

Could the Next 'Emerging Economy' be the West?2016041620160417 (WS)

It has been a familiar story of decline in Europe and North America: former industrial areas unable to keep up with global competition, devastated by enormous losses in manufacturing jobs. In a new book, Antoine Van Agtmael - the man who coined the term ‘emerging markets’ – challenges this received wisdom. He tells Manuela Saragosa how places like places like Akron, Ohio and Albany in the United States and Eindhoven and Dresden in Europe are using deep industry expertise, world-class research institutions and a sense of urgency from having hit rock bottom in decades past, to turn their fortunes around. Could the next 'emerging economy' in fact be the West? They are joined by author, commentator and former CEO of Procter & Gamble India, Gucharan Das and urban economist from Harvard University, Edward Glaeser.

Image: Hand with light bulbs, Credit: Thinkstock

Could The Next 'emerging Economy' Be The West?2016041620160417 (WS)

The former manufacturing hubs turning globalisation on its head.

It has been a familiar story of decline in Europe and North America: former industrial areas unable to keep up with global competition, devastated by enormous losses in manufacturing jobs. In a new book, Antoine Van Agtmael - the man who coined the term ‘emerging markets’ – challenges this received wisdom. He tells Manuela Saragosa how places like places like Akron, Ohio and Albany in the United States and Eindhoven and Dresden in Europe are using deep industry expertise, world-class research institutions and a sense of urgency from having hit rock bottom in decades past, to turn their fortunes around. Could the next 'emerging economy' in fact be the West? They are joined by author, commentator and former CEO of Procter and Gamble India, Gucharan Das and urban economist from Harvard University, Edward Glaeser.

Image: Hand with light bulbs, Credit: Thinkstock

Could the Next 'Emerging Economy' be the West?2016041620160417 (WS)

The former manufacturing hubs turning globalisation on its head.

Crowdfunding20140315

Crowdfunding2014031520140316 (WS)

Is banking - as we know it - over? A new breed of company is now offering lending and borrowing online through what's called peer to peer lending, or crowdfunding. These websites match potential borrowers, who need money, with potential lenders who have money to invest.

Now powerful institutional investors are piling into the area - hoping to invest in this fast-growing sector. One prediction, made for the World Bank, suggests that this kind of alternative finance may be worth more than $93 billion by 2025. Is this stealing business from the banks? What about the lack of bank guarantees and comparatively light regulation; how secure is the money placed with these websites?

Presenter Lesley Curwen is joined by Rhydian Lewis, founder and CEO of RateSetter, one of the largest UK peer-to-peer lending companies,

Irene Graham, managing director of business finance at the British Bankers Association and Richard Swart, director of research in entrepreneurial finance from the University of California, Berkeley.

And our regular commentator, comedian Colm O'Regan suggests even the Dutch East India Company got its money from an ancient form of crowdfunding.

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

Crowdfunding2014031520140316 (WS)

Is banking - as we know it - over? A new breed of company is now offering lending and borrowing online through what's called peer to peer lending, or crowdfunding. These websites match potential borrowers, who need money, with potential lenders who have money to invest.

Now powerful institutional investors are piling into the area - hoping to invest in this fast-growing sector. One prediction, made for the World Bank, suggests that this kind of alternative finance may be worth more than $93 billion by 2025. Is this stealing business from the banks? What about the lack of bank guarantees and comparatively light regulation; how secure is the money placed with these websites?

Presenter Lesley Curwen is joined by Rhydian Lewis, founder and CEO of RateSetter, one of the largest UK peer-to-peer lending companies,

Irene Graham, managing director of business finance at the British Bankers Association and Richard Swart, director of research in entrepreneurial finance from the University of California, Berkeley.

And our regular commentator, comedian Colm O'Regan suggests even the Dutch East India Company got its money from an ancient form of crowdfunding.

Crystal Ball Gazing20160102

Crystal Ball Gazing2016010220160103 (WS)

The trends, the big events, the risks that lie ahead for 2016 and the global economy.

Crystal Ball Gazing20160102

We take a glance at what lies ahead for the global economy in 2016 - the trends, the big events, the risks coming up - how do things look from here? With the BBC's Business Editor Kamal Ahmed (Photo: Indian jewellery trader displays the world's largest transparent and colorless crystal ball. Credit: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

Crystal Ball Gazing2016010220160103 (WS)

We take a glance at what lies ahead for the global economy in 2016 - the trends, the big events, the risks coming up - how do things look from here? With the BBC's Business Editor Kamal Ahmed (Photo: Indian jewellery trader displays the world's largest transparent and colorless crystal ball. Credit: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

The trends, the big events, the risks that lie ahead for 2016 and the global economy.

Diamond Years For Business?20120609

At the end of Diamond Jubilee week, we ask how business has changed in the last 60 years.

At the end of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee week, we take the British festivities as an excuse to reflect on six decades of change in the world of business. There are two big themes: globalisation - the opportunities and the dangers - and the shift of the centre of economic gravity in the world from West to East, the rise of China. Andrew Walker hears the views and experiences of Lord Karan Bilimoria the founder of the Indian company Cobra beer, Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth, who is a national of Botswana, and Rupert Soames, chief executive of Aggreko a company which supplies temporary power generation equipment. The historical context is set out by Professor Nicholas Crafts of Warwick University.

Diamond Years For Business?2012060920120610
20120610 (WS)

At the end of Diamond Jubilee week, we ask how business has changed in the last 60 years.

At the end of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee week, we take the British festivities as an excuse to reflect on six decades of change in the world of business. There are two big themes: globalisation - the opportunities and the dangers - and the shift of the centre of economic gravity in the world from West to East, the rise of China. Andrew Walker hears the views and experiences of Lord Karan Bilimoria the founder of the Indian company Cobra beer, Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth, who is a national of Botswana, and Rupert Soames, chief executive of Aggreko a company which supplies temporary power generation equipment. The historical context is set out by Professor Nicholas Crafts of Warwick University.

At the end of Diamond Jubilee week, we ask how business has changed in the last 60 years.

At the end of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee week, we take the British festivities as an excuse to reflect on six decades of change in the world of business. There are two big themes: globalisation - the opportunities and the dangers - and the shift of the centre of economic gravity in the world from West to East, the rise of China. Andrew Walker hears the views and experiences of Lord Karan Bilimoria the founder of the Indian company Cobra beer, Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth, who is a national of Botswana, and Rupert Soames, chief executive of Aggreko a company which supplies temporary power generation equipment. The historical context is set out by Professor Nicholas Crafts of Warwick University.

At the end of Diamond Jubilee week, we ask how business has changed in the last 60 years.

Do Good Ethics Make Good Business?2012122920121230 (WS)

Do ethics fly out of the window as we chase profit? Or is an ethical code key to business?

Most of us like to think we are principled, that our actions are guided by an ethical code. But how ethical are we really? And when it comes to business do ethics fly out of the window as we go off in search of profits? In the Balance explores ethics with a multi-millionaire venture capitalist, a Harvard professor of business history, an expert on business in India, and a fund manager who advocates ethical investment. Plus as the year draws to a close, we send Colm O'Regan up to his garret to compose the definitive poem for 2012. Spurred on by that, Justin Rowlatt's guests, Ed Conard, Nancy Koehn, Deepak Lalwani and Gervais Williams give us their predictions for 2013.

(Image: Shaking hands, Credit: Science Photo Library)

Do Good Ethics Make Good Business?2012122920121230 (WS)

Most of us like to think we are principled, that our actions are guided by an ethical code. But how ethical are we really? And when it comes to business do ethics fly out of the window as we go off in search of profits? In the Balance explores ethics with a multi-millionaire venture capitalist, a Harvard professor of business history, an expert on business in India, and a fund manager who advocates ethical investment. Plus as the year draws to a close, we send Colm O'Regan up to his garret to compose the definitive poem for 2012. Spurred on by that, Justin Rowlatt's guests, Ed Conard, Nancy Koehn, Deepak Lalwani and Gervais Williams give us their predictions for 2013.

(Image: Shaking hands, Credit: Science Photo Library)

Do ethics fly out of the window as we chase profit? Or is an ethical code key to business?

Do ethics fly out of the window as we chase profit? Or is an ethical code key to business?

Most of us like to think we are principled, that our actions are guided by an ethical code. But how ethical are we really? And when it comes to business do ethics fly out of the window as we go off in search of profits? In the Balance explores ethics with a multi-millionaire venture capitalist, a Harvard professor of business history, an expert on business in India, and a fund manager who advocates ethical investment. Plus as the year draws to a close, we send Colm O'Regan up to his garret to compose the definitive poem for 2012. Spurred on by that, Justin Rowlatt's guests, Ed Conard, Nancy Koehn, Deepak Lalwani and Gervais Williams give us their predictions for 2013.

(Image: Shaking hands, Credit: Science Photo Library)

Do ethics fly out of the window as we chase profit? Or is an ethical code key to business?

Does Business Have A Responsiblity Beyond Making A Profit?2013012620130127 (WS)

Are companies there to please their shareholders or do good? Can they do both?

We host a passionate debate this week about whether companies are there to please their shareholders or do good: can they do both? We'll hear from a CEO and a historian in Davos and a self-styled professional libertarian in London. And our in-house comedian, Colm O'Regan, looks at the notion of exclusivity, is it all it's cracked up to be? There's no champagne, just sparkling ideas from Lesley Curwen and her guests, Nancy Koehn of Harvard Business School, David Jones, CEO of the global communications company Havas, and Sam Bowman of the Adam Smith Institute. And BBC Technology Correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones' classical language skills are put to the test.

Does Business Have A Responsiblity Beyond Making A Profit?2013012620130127 (WS)

We host a passionate debate this week about whether companies are there to please their shareholders or do good: can they do both? We'll hear from a CEO and a historian in Davos and a self-styled professional libertarian in London. And our in-house comedian, Colm O'Regan, looks at the notion of exclusivity, is it all it's cracked up to be? There's no champagne, just sparkling ideas from Lesley Curwen and her guests, Nancy Koehn of Harvard Business School, David Jones, CEO of the global communications company Havas, and Sam Bowman of the Adam Smith Institute. And BBC Technology Correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones' classical language skills are put to the test.

Are companies there to please their shareholders or do good? Can they do both?

Does Economics Still Work?2017021820170219 (WS)

Is it still a useful way to make sense of events in an increasingly unpredictable world?

Have economists become the latest casualties of the so-called "populist wave"?

Some of them got their forecasts badly wrong over Brexit, and widespread fears over a US economy under President Donald Trump have given way to record highs in financial markets. Plus, of course, most economists completely failed to foresee the global financial crisis.

It's led some to suggest that economics has become too detached from reality, that its experts have become too politicised and that the profession has lost much of its credibility. After all, Brexit and Trump voters ignored economists' dire warnings in their tens of millions.

And, at a time of such huge political and technological change, is economics still a useful way to make sense of and predict events?

Ed Butler is joined by three guests with their own visions for how economics should change: Wendy Carlin, professor of economics at University College London and leader of the CORE project to reform the undergraduate economics curriculum; Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at recruitment website Glassdoor, in San Francisco; and Paola Subacchi, director of international economics research at the UK think-tank Chatham House.

(Picture: A man on a dollar boat in bad weather. Credit: Thinkstock)

Economics Without Borders?20150919

Economics Without Borders?2015091920150920 (WS)

Are EU countries right not to let refugees in, or are they missing an economic trick?

Economics Without Borders?20150919

Are EU countries such as Hungary and Poland right to resist mass refugee migration into their economies or are they missing a trick? We hear from the former Finance Minister of Poland Jacek Rostowski about why he thinks taking in large numbers of refugees is not a good option for his country. Meanwhile professor Alexander Betts, of the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford, tells us his research shows that if refugees are allowed to work, they can make a huge positive contribution to the economy into which they settle. They are joined by former economic adviser to the US government Diana Furchtgott-Roth and Tania Kaiser of School of Oriental and African Studies to discuss the economic pros and cons of allowing refugees in.

(Photo: Migrants and refugees wait to cross the Greece-Macedonia border, 13 September 2015. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Economics Without Borders?2015091920150920 (WS)

Are EU countries such as Hungary and Poland right to resist mass refugee migration into their economies or are they missing a trick? We hear from the former Finance Minister of Poland Jacek Rostowski about why he thinks taking in large numbers of refugees is not a good option for his country. Meanwhile professor Alexander Betts, of the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford, tells us his research shows that if refugees are allowed to work, they can make a huge positive contribution to the economy into which they settle. They are joined by former economic adviser to the US government Diana Furchtgott-Roth and Tania Kaiser of School of Oriental and African Studies to discuss the economic pros and cons of allowing refugees in.

(Photo: Migrants and refugees wait to cross the Greece-Macedonia border, 13 September 2015. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Are EU countries right not to let refugees in, or are they missing an economic trick?

Emotional Intelligence And Business2014012520140126 (WS)

Tapping in to some of the latest leadership trends at Davos - emotional intelligence

Business leaders and politicians meeting for the annual World Economic forum in Davos have - amongst other things - been talking about how to get better at their jobs. If you're the boss of the company, one of your preoccupations has to be your people, your employees, and how to get the most out of them. The leaders meeting at Davos have been listening to psychologists and neuroscientists explain the latest thinking on how to get better at understanding their staff - using the skills of emotional intelligence. Manuela Saragosa is joined from Davos by psychologist Sigal Barsade, Professor of Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and Uwe Krueger, chief executive officer of the design and engineering consultants Atkins. And in London by company boss Edwina Dunn, director at Starcount, a social media analytics company. And from Dublin, Comedian Colm O'Regan looks at the business of being social.

Emotional Intelligence And Business2014012520140126 (WS)

Business leaders and politicians meeting for the annual World Economic forum in Davos have - amongst other things - been talking about how to get better at their jobs. If you're the boss of the company, one of your preoccupations has to be your people, your employees, and how to get the most out of them. The leaders meeting at Davos have been listening to psychologists and neuroscientists explain the latest thinking on how to get better at understanding their staff - using the skills of emotional intelligence. Manuela Saragosa is joined from Davos by psychologist Sigal Barsade, Professor of Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and Uwe Krueger, chief executive officer of the design and engineering consultants Atkins. And in London by company boss Edwina Dunn, director at Starcount, a social media analytics company. And from Dublin, Comedian Colm O'Regan looks at the business of being social.

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

Emotional Intelligence And Business2014012520140126 (WS)

Tapping in to some of the latest leadership trends at Davos - emotional intelligence

Business leaders and politicians meeting for the annual World Economic forum in Davos have - amongst other things - been talking about how to get better at their jobs. If you're the boss of the company, one of your preoccupations has to be your people, your employees, and how to get the most out of them. The leaders meeting at Davos have been listening to psychologists and neuroscientists explain the latest thinking on how to get better at understanding their staff - using the skills of emotional intelligence. Manuela Saragosa is joined from Davos by psychologist Sigal Barsade, Professor of Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and Uwe Krueger, chief executive officer of the design and engineering consultants Atkins. And in London by company boss Edwina Dunn, director at Starcount, a social media analytics company. And from Dublin, Comedian Colm O'Regan looks at the business of being social.

Equal Pay Vs. Free Market Economics: Lessons from Sport and Hollywood20160410

Equal Pay Vs. Free Market Economics: Lessons from Sport and Hollywood20160410

A look at the gender pay debate through the public arenas of sport and film

Equal Pay Vs. Free Market Economics: Lessons from Sport and Hollywood20160410

This week In the Balance takes a look at the gender pay debate through the public arenas of sport and film. Off the stage and field, what lessons can be learnt in everyday business? Last month, world tennis number one Novak Djokovic ignited controversy by saying male tennis players should get more money than their female counterparts, is he right if the men’s game brings in more money? Over in tinsel town actresses like Charlize Theron and Jennifer Lawrence are shining a light on gender pay discrepancy – but is it vulgar to talk about money when you are already earning millions of dollars? The BBC’s Ed Butler hears from retired US goalkeeper Briana Scurry - one of the first women to participate in a woman’s paid professional league- Terry Lawler, Executive Director of ‘New York Women in Film & Television’ and labour market economist Andrew Chamberlain.

Image: Actress Jennifer Lawrence, Credit: Getty Images

Equal Pay Vs. Free Market Economics: Lessons From Sport And Hollywood20160410

This week In the Balance takes a look at the gender pay debate through the public arenas of sport and film. Off the stage and field, what lessons can be learnt in everyday business? Last month, world tennis number one Novak Djokovic ignited controversy by saying male tennis players should get more money than their female counterparts, is he right if the men’s game brings in more money? Over in tinsel town actresses like Charlize Theron and Jennifer Lawrence are shining a light on gender pay discrepancy – but is it vulgar to talk about money when you are already earning millions of dollars? The BBC’s Ed Butler hears from retired US goalkeeper Briana Scurry - one of the first women to participate in a woman’s paid professional league- Terry Lawler, Executive Director of ‘New York Women in Film and Television’ and labour market economist Andrew Chamberlain.

Image: Actress Jennifer Lawrence, Credit: Getty Images

A look at the gender pay debate through the public arenas of sport and film

Fool's Gold?20160807

Fool's Gold?20160807

The 2016 Olympic Games have almost bankrupted Rio de Janeiro, and other world cities are pulling out as potential future hosts because of spiralling costs. Does it ever make economic sense to stage what is often dubbed the greatest show on earth?

Angry protests greeted the Olympic torch as it entered Rio, with many residents furious about the cost of an event that they fear will leave them no lasting economic or social legacy.

Boston, Oslo and Hamburg are just some of the cities that have pulled out of hosting future summer or winter Olympics. It has led some to suggest a major downsizing to safeguard the very future of Olympic hosting, at least in western democracies.

But are these fears justified? Ed Butler is joined by Brazilian-born journalist Juliana Barbassa, Allan Brimicombe from the University of East London, economist Andrew Zimbalist from Smith College in Massachusetts, and Simone Perillo from Rome 2024.

(Photo: A protester calling for a boycott of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Credit: Christophe Simon/Getty Images)

Fool's Gold?20160807

Why are cities pulling out of the race to host the Olympic Games?

Fool's Gold?20160807

Why are cities pulling out of the race to host the Olympic Games?

The 2016 Olympic Games have almost bankrupted Rio de Janeiro, and other world cities are pulling out as potential future hosts because of spiralling costs. Does it ever make economic sense to stage what is often dubbed the greatest show on earth?

Angry protests greeted the Olympic torch as it entered Rio, with many residents furious about the cost of an event that they fear will leave them no lasting economic or social legacy.

Boston, Oslo and Hamburg are just some of the cities that have pulled out of hosting future summer or winter Olympics. It has led some to suggest a major downsizing to safeguard the very future of Olympic hosting, at least in western democracies.

But are these fears justified? Ed Butler is joined by Brazilian-born journalist Juliana Barbassa, Allan Brimicombe from the University of East London, economist Andrew Zimbalist from Smith College in Massachusetts, and Simone Perillo from Rome 2024.

(Photo: A protester calling for a boycott of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Credit: Christophe Simon/Getty Images)

Germany In The Lead20111219

Justin Rowlatt asks whether Germany wants to dominate Europe's finances.

In the Balance, the new discussion programme from the Business Daily team, tackles some provocative questions.

Germany is calling the economic shots in Europe but does what makes sense for one of the world's fifth largest economies really make sense for Greece or Portugal?

And can recessions ever be good for you? Justin Rowlatt and his guests discuss whether they have a useful role in clearing away the inefficient and the obsolete

Germany In The Lead20111219

Justin Rowlatt asks whether Germany wants to dominate Europe's finances.

In the Balance, the new discussion programme from the Business Daily team, tackles some provocative questions.

Germany is calling the economic shots in Europe but does what makes sense for one of the world's fifth largest economies really make sense for Greece or Portugal?

And can recessions ever be good for you? Justin Rowlatt and his guests discuss whether they have a useful role in clearing away the inefficient and the obsolete

Justin Rowlatt asks whether Germany wants to dominate Europe's finances.

In the Balance, the new discussion programme from the Business Daily team, tackles some provocative questions.

Germany is calling the economic shots in Europe but does what makes sense for one of the world's fifth largest economies really make sense for Greece or Portugal?

And can recessions ever be good for you? Justin Rowlatt and his guests discuss whether they have a useful role in clearing away the inefficient and the obsolete

Giving It Away2012052620120527
20120527 (WS)

This week In the Balance goes to the beach. Lesley Curwen visits the Future in Review conference at Laguna Beach, California, to meet some of America's top technology entrepreneurs. Lesley asks: does business have a responsibility to come up with solutions to climate change? Or is that the job of governments? And how to give it all away - is philanthropy, giving away a fortune, even more fun than making the money in the first place? Jin Zindell, founder and chairman of Blue Planet Network, David Sarna, chief executive of Woodall Tech Inc and Peter Byck, director and producer of the film "Carbon Nation" discuss the issues. While Colm O Regan muses over whether he should set up his own In the Balance Foundation.

Giving It Away20171230

Can huge sums of money donated by the world's richest businesspeople undermine democracy?

Giving It Away

Global philanthropy is on the rise, but can the huge sums donated by wealthy business people risk undermining governments and democracy?
Manuela Saragosa is joined by economist Neva Rockefeller Goodwin, a member of the Rockefeller family that owns one of the world's largest fortunes. Neva is also one of 400 wealthy people in the USA who signed a letter organised by the Responsible Wealth project against tax cuts for the rich. And we hear from British businessman John Caudwell who sold his high street mobile phone company for more than 2 billion dollars. He now spends more time on his philanthropic work, including his charity for children with disabilities, Caudwell Children. Manuela is also joined by Barbara Ridpath, Director of the St Paul's Institute in London and Antonia Mitchell, Director of Aurelia Philanthropy.

Also in the programme: David Callahan, author of The Givers, which questions the power acquired by philanthropists.

(Picture:the 85th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, New York November 29 2017. Credit: Getty Images)

Green Subsidies2012101320121014 (WS)

How long will taxpayers have to pay out billions to subsidise wind or solar power? Lesley Curwen's guests are Dimitri Zenghelis, from the Grantham Institute of the London School of Economics who also advises Cisco, Professor Claudia Kemfert, Head of the Department of Energy, Transportation and Environment at the German Institute of Economic Research, David Buchan, senior research fellow at the Oxford Energy Institute, and comedian Colm O'Regan.

Plus, we discuss the unlikeliest sought-after commodities - insect excrement and the guar bean.

Green Subsidies2012101320121014 (WS)

How long will taxpayers have to pay out billions to subsidise wind or solar power? Lesley Curwen's guests are Dimitri Zenghelis, from the Grantham Institute of the London School of Economics who also advises Cisco, Professor Claudia Kemfert, Head of the Department of Energy, Transportation and Environment at the German Institute of Economic Research, David Buchan, senior research fellow at the Oxford Energy Institute, and comedian Colm O'Regan.

Plus, we discuss the unlikeliest sought-after commodities - insect excrement and the guar bean.

Harnessing The Power Of Women2013060120130602 (WS)

Why getting more women into business could improve their human rights.

In the Balance discusses whether getting more women into business will improve their human rights. Justin Rowlatt discusses how encouraging women to be entrepreneurs can give them independence and greater power in developing economies. Justin is joined by guests Cherie Blair, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, which is doing work on training entrepreneurs in developing countries; Wu Qing, founder of the Beijing Cultural Development Centre for Rural Women and an activist for women's rights. And Muna AbuSulayman, the first Saudi UN Goodwill Ambassador. Muna was also the first Saudi woman to become a media personality and she is an entrepreneur with her own fashion line.

And Justin learns how to taste coffee - as he slurps a brew produced by women from the International Women’s Coffee Alliance.

Harnessing The Power Of Women2013060120130602 (WS)

Why getting more women into business could improve their human rights.

In the Balance discusses whether getting more women into business will improve their human rights. Justin Rowlatt discusses how encouraging women to be entrepreneurs can give them independence and greater power in developing economies. Justin is joined by guests Cherie Blair, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, which is doing work on training entrepreneurs in developing countries; Wu Qing, founder of the Beijing Cultural Development Centre for Rural Women and an activist for women's rights. And Muna AbuSulayman, the first Saudi UN Goodwill Ambassador. Muna was also the first Saudi woman to become a media personality and she is an entrepreneur with her own fashion line.

And Justin learns how to taste coffee - as he slurps a brew produced by women from the International Women’s Coffee Alliance.

Hierarchy at Work20140419

Hierarchy at Work2014041920140420 (WS)

In the Balance examines office hierarchy. If some of the latest buzz about the 21st Century workplace is to be believed, old-style vertical management structure is dead. Or is it? Are such rumours greatly exaggerated?

An anthropologist, a business school professor and a so-called envisioner from Microsoft, battle it out to discover the truth. Ed Butler is joined by Dave Coplin, chief envisioning officer for Microsoft UK; Lynda Gratton, professor of management practice at London Business School and Kathleen Richardson, research associate at the department of anthropology at University College London.

And Colm O'Regan considers how the place where you work is important.

Hierarchy At Work2014041920140420 (WS)

Who's in charge in the modern workplace?

In the Balance examines office hierarchy. If some of the latest buzz about the 21st Century workplace is to be believed, old-style vertical management structure is dead. Or is it? Are such rumours greatly exaggerated?

An anthropologist, a business school professor and a so-called envisioner from Microsoft, battle it out to discover the truth. Ed Butler is joined by Dave Coplin, chief envisioning officer for Microsoft UK; Lynda Gratton, professor of management practice at London Business School and Kathleen Richardson, research associate at the department of anthropology at University College London.

And Colm O'Regan considers how the place where you work is important.

Hierarchy at Work2014041920140420 (WS)

Who's in charge in the modern workplace?

Holding Companies To Account2012072120120722
20120722 (WS)

How can big companies be held to account by parliaments?

How can big companies be held to account by parliaments? Is it right for politicians to grill CEOS about the failings of their companies, or is it just public humiliation which stirs up anti-business sentiment, and doesn't actually change behaviour?

Plus our resident comedian Colm O'Regan brings us the truth about business books. Can self-improvement guides help the culture of banking and big corporations?

Lesley Curwen's guests this week are Maurice Pratt, former chairman of RBS bank in Ireland and former boss of Tesco Ireland, and now head of a pro-Europe body; Bundeep Singh Rangar, Chairman of IndusView which advises multi-nationals on business opportunities in India and Roger Steare, Visiting Professor of Organisational Ethics, and Corporate Philosopher in Residence at the Cass Business School in London.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Holding Companies To Account2012072120120722
20120722 (WS)

How can big companies be held to account by parliaments?

How can big companies be held to account by parliaments? Is it right for politicians to grill CEOS about the failings of their companies, or is it just public humiliation which stirs up anti-business sentiment, and doesn't actually change behaviour?

Plus our resident comedian Colm O'Regan brings us the truth about business books. Can self-improvement guides help the culture of banking and big corporations?

Lesley Curwen's guests this week are Maurice Pratt, former chairman of RBS bank in Ireland and former boss of Tesco Ireland, and now head of a pro-Europe body; Bundeep Singh Rangar, Chairman of IndusView which advises multi-nationals on business opportunities in India and Roger Steare, Visiting Professor of Organisational Ethics, and Corporate Philosopher in Residence at the Cass Business School in London.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

How can big companies be held to account by parliaments?

How can big companies be held to account by parliaments? Is it right for politicians to grill CEOS about the failings of their companies, or is it just public humiliation which stirs up anti-business sentiment, and doesn't actually change behaviour?

Plus our resident comedian Colm O'Regan brings us the truth about business books. Can self-improvement guides help the culture of banking and big corporations?

Lesley Curwen's guests this week are Maurice Pratt, former chairman of RBS bank in Ireland and former boss of Tesco Ireland, and now head of a pro-Europe body; Bundeep Singh Rangar, Chairman of IndusView which advises multi-nationals on business opportunities in India and Roger Steare, Visiting Professor of Organisational Ethics, and Corporate Philosopher in Residence at the Cass Business School in London.

Hong Kong: China's Bridge To The Global Economy?2014100420141005 (WS)

Does Beijing still need Hong Kong as its gateway to the wider global economy?

Many regard Hong Kong as China's bridge to the wider global economy, but is that still the case now that Hong Kong's economy is dwarfed by that of its giant neighbour? Economically and financially, how much does Hong Kong still matter to China these days? Joining the discussion are Hong Kong-based independent economist Andy Xie, Jonathan Fenby, director of the China team at consultants Trusted Sources, Dr. Enze Han, senior lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, and Joyce Man, a writer and blogger from Hong Kong.

Plus, our resident columnist Colm O'Regan wonders if there is ever a right economic time to leave your home country.

Hong Kong: China's Bridge To The Global Economy?2014100420141005 (WS)

Many regard Hong Kong as China's bridge to the wider global economy, but is that still the case now that Hong Kong's economy is dwarfed by that of its giant neighbour? Economically and financially, how much does Hong Kong still matter to China these days? Joining the discussion are Hong Kong-based independent economist Andy Xie, Jonathan Fenby, director of the China team at consultants Trusted Sources, Dr. Enze Han, senior lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, and Joyce Man, a writer and blogger from Hong Kong.

Plus, our resident columnist Colm O'Regan wonders if there is ever a right economic time to leave your home country.

Does Beijing still need Hong Kong as its gateway to the wider global economy?

How Low Can Rates Go?20160731

Turning the laws of economics upside down in the search for growth.

Are central banks running out of options to boost sluggish economic growth?

Five of them have introduced negative rates, violating one of the most fundamental norms in business and economics. And other ideas, once thought utterly shocking, are now being openly considered.

Martin Wolf, chief economic commentator at the Financial Times newspaper, talks with economists and central bankers, past and present, to examine how such policies might affect the way people spend and save in the future.

In an interview conducted in June he discusses “helicopter money? with Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda, and asks former Bank of England governor Mervyn King why many economies are still struggling eight years on from the global financial crisis

Plus, how much more tinkering can we expect from these experts and how much further might interest rates fall?

(Photo: Coins being dropped into a jar. Credit: Thinkstock)

Turning the laws of economics upside down in the search for growth.

Are central banks running out of options to boost sluggish economic growth?

Five of them have introduced negative rates, violating one of the most fundamental norms in business and economics. And other ideas, once thought utterly shocking, are now being openly considered.

Martin Wolf, chief economic commentator at the Financial Times newspaper, talks with economists and central bankers, past and present, to examine how such policies might affect the way people spend and save in the future.

In an interview conducted in June he discusses “helicopter money? with Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda, and asks former Bank of England governor Mervyn King why many economies are still struggling eight years on from the global financial crisis

Plus, how much more tinkering can we expect from these experts and how much further might interest rates fall?

(Photo: Coins being dropped into a jar. Credit: Thinkstock)

In The Balance20170624

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

Has the shock decision to scrap almost all of India's cash been a success or a failure? Last November's withdrawal of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes caused chaos for millions of people and businesses, but now the dust has settled, is there any evidence it was effective in tackling corruption and curbing the black economy?

Have those hardest hit by the demonetisation now managed to recover? What impact, if any, has the move had on India's economy? And in a society where cash is king, are there any signs people have been pushed towards using bank cards or mobile payments?

Contributors

Jayati Ghosh, professor of economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, in New Delhi
Economist Lord Meghnad Desai
Gaurav Daga, owner of Oswal Cable Products in New Delhi
Piritta Sorsa, head of economics research on India at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

(Picture: A man holds old Indian notes at a protest against demonetisation in Bangalore. Credit: Kiran Manjunath, Getty Images)

In The Balance20170624

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

Has the shock decision to scrap almost all of India's cash been a success or a failure? Last November's withdrawal of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes caused chaos for millions of people and businesses, but now the dust has settled, is there any evidence it was effective in tackling corruption and curbing the black economy?

Have those hardest hit by the demonetisation now managed to recover? What impact, if any, has the move had on India's economy? And in a society where cash is king, are there any signs people have been pushed towards using bank cards or mobile payments?

Contributors

Jayati Ghosh, professor of economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, in New Delhi
Economist Lord Meghnad Desai
Gaurav Daga, owner of Oswal Cable Products in New Delhi
Piritta Sorsa, head of economics research on India at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

(Picture: A man holds old Indian notes at a protest against demonetisation in Bangalore. Credit: Kiran Manjunath, Getty Images)

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

Has the shock decision to scrap almost all of India's cash been a success or a failure? Last November's withdrawal of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes caused chaos for millions of people and businesses, but now the dust has settled, is there any evidence it was effective in tackling corruption and curbing the black economy?

Have those hardest hit by the demonetisation now managed to recover? What impact, if any, has the move had on India's economy? And in a society where cash is king, are there any signs people have been pushed towards using bank cards or mobile payments?

Contributors

Jayati Ghosh, professor of economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, in New Delhi
Economist Lord Meghnad Desai
Gaurav Daga, owner of Oswal Cable Products in New Delhi
Piritta Sorsa, head of economics research on India at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

(Picture: A man holds old Indian notes at a protest against demonetisation in Bangalore. Credit: Kiran Manjunath, Getty Images)

In The Balance20170701

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

Can Hong Kong still call itself the gateway to China, or is it in danger of being dwarfed economically by its mainland neighbour?

On the twentieth anniversary of the British handover of power to Beijing, we hear about the mainland Chinese money buying up Hong Kong businesses, properties and land, and discuss the impact it's having on the territory’s economy and society.

As property prices rocket and people are left struggling to afford smaller and smaller flats, what future is there for Hong Kong’s young people?

Have decades of financial might made Hong Kong complacent, and where will future economic growth come from?

Contributors

Allan Zeman, chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group
Elaine Tsung, co-founder of The Garage Society and Eaton House
Andrew Shuen, from The Lion Rock Institute
John Greenwood, chief economist at Invesco

(Picture: A traditional junk boat sailing across Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong. Credit: Getty Images)

In The Balance20170701

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

Can Hong Kong still call itself the gateway to China, or is it in danger of being dwarfed economically by its mainland neighbour?

On the twentieth anniversary of the British handover of power to Beijing, we hear about the mainland Chinese money buying up Hong Kong businesses, properties and land, and discuss the impact it's having on the territory’s economy and society.

As property prices rocket and people are left struggling to afford smaller and smaller flats, what future is there for Hong Kong’s young people?

Have decades of financial might made Hong Kong complacent, and where will future economic growth come from?

Contributors

Allan Zeman, chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group
Elaine Tsung, co-founder of The Garage Society and Eaton House
Andrew Shuen, from The Lion Rock Institute
John Greenwood, chief economist at Invesco

(Picture: A traditional junk boat sailing across Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong. Credit: Getty Images)

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

Can Hong Kong still call itself the gateway to China, or is it in danger of being dwarfed economically by its mainland neighbour?

On the twentieth anniversary of the British handover of power to Beijing, we hear about the mainland Chinese money buying up Hong Kong businesses, properties and land, and discuss the impact it's having on the territory’s economy and society.

As property prices rocket and people are left struggling to afford smaller and smaller flats, what future is there for Hong Kong’s young people?

Have decades of financial might made Hong Kong complacent, and where will future economic growth come from?

Contributors

Allan Zeman, chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group
Elaine Tsung, co-founder of The Garage Society and Eaton House
Andrew Shuen, from The Lion Rock Institute
John Greenwood, chief economist at Invesco

(Picture: A traditional junk boat sailing across Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong. Credit: Getty Images)

In The Balance: 2011 - Reaping The Whirlwind20111226

Are we as perilously placed now as we were in the darkest days of 2008?

Lesley Curwen asks a former British finance minister, Alistair Darling, a former central banker and head of Britain's CBI, Richard Lambert, and a former US presidential adviser, Pippa Malmgren.

All of them were there at the eye of the 2008 storm, and none can find much end-of-year cheer this time around.

However their gloomy forecasts are perhaps to be taken with a pinch of salt, as our resident management consultant-turned-comedian, Colm O'Regan observes, most pundits have a habit of getting it horribly wrong.

How do you think we got into this financial mess in the first place?

In The Balance: 2011 - Reaping The Whirlwind20111226

Are we as perilously placed now as we were in the darkest days of 2008?

Lesley Curwen asks a former British finance minister, Alistair Darling, a former central banker and head of Britain's CBI, Richard Lambert, and a former US presidential adviser, Pippa Malmgren.

All of them were there at the eye of the 2008 storm, and none can find much end-of-year cheer this time around.

However their gloomy forecasts are perhaps to be taken with a pinch of salt, as our resident management consultant-turned-comedian, Colm O'Regan observes, most pundits have a habit of getting it horribly wrong.

How do you think we got into this financial mess in the first place?

Are we as perilously placed now as we were in the darkest days of 2008?

Lesley Curwen asks a former British finance minister, Alistair Darling, a former central banker and head of Britain's CBI, Richard Lambert, and a former US presidential adviser, Pippa Malmgren.

All of them were there at the eye of the 2008 storm, and none can find much end-of-year cheer this time around.

However their gloomy forecasts are perhaps to be taken with a pinch of salt, as our resident management consultant-turned-comedian, Colm O'Regan observes, most pundits have a habit of getting it horribly wrong.

How do you think we got into this financial mess in the first place?

In The Balance: Executive Pay20120116

In the Balance, brought to you by the Business Daily team, tackles a thorny issue: executive pay. When a sports star is paid a fortune to change teams or a pop star racks up record sales of their new music, the money they earn is usually talked about approvingly as a measure of success. When the CEO of a big successful business is paid a record salary the opposite is usually true - the talk is all about excessive earnings and corporate greed. Is that fair? Justin Rowlatt discusses the issue with the fund manager Nicola Horlick, the Chief Excutive of the accounting firm, RSM , International, Jean Stephens and Dr Catherine Cowley, a former wealth manager who became a nun and now specialises in the ethics of finance.

And should we forgive countries their debts?

Plus who's up and who's down in the world of business and politics this week.

Justin Rowlatt and guests tackle the thorny issue of executive pay.

In The Balance: Executive Pay20120116

In the Balance, brought to you by the Business Daily team, tackles a thorny issue: executive pay. When a sports star is paid a fortune to change teams or a pop star racks up record sales of their new music, the money they earn is usually talked about approvingly as a measure of success. When the CEO of a big successful business is paid a record salary the opposite is usually true - the talk is all about excessive earnings and corporate greed. Is that fair? Justin Rowlatt discusses the issue with the fund manager Nicola Horlick, the Chief Excutive of the accounting firm, RSM , International, Jean Stephens and Dr Catherine Cowley, a former wealth manager who became a nun and now specialises in the ethics of finance.

And should we forgive countries their debts?

Plus who's up and who's down in the world of business and politics this week.

Justin Rowlatt and guests tackle the thorny issue of executive pay.

Infobesity20140607

Infobesity2014060720140608 (WS)

Is technology surrounding us with more information than we can possibly use?

Is technology surrounding us with more information than we can possibly use? And does all that data make us more productive, or less?

In the week that software giant Apple unveiled its icloud drive - yet another internet-based way for us to manage and store all the data in our lives - we're going to try and put a filter on the global onslaught of information

Is the technology we've invented starting to exceed our capacity to use it? We're asking today whether the sheer volume of information constantly at our fingertips is actually overwhelming us, creating what one of our guests in today's programme calls INFOBESITY, an unhealthy excess of information.

Infobesity2014060720140608 (WS)

Is technology surrounding us with more information than we can possibly use?

Is technology surrounding us with more information than we can possibly use? And does all that data make us more productive, or less?

In the week that software giant Apple unveiled its icloud drive - yet another internet-based way for us to manage and store all the data in our lives - we're going to try and put a filter on the global onslaught of information

Is the technology we've invented starting to exceed our capacity to use it? We're asking today whether the sheer volume of information constantly at our fingertips is actually overwhelming us, creating what one of our guests in today's programme calls INFOBESITY, an unhealthy excess of information.

Innovation20130105

Innovation2013010520130106 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Innovators - Female Entrepreneurs20171028

Why are more women not in the workplace in South Asia?

Could starting up a business be the best way into work for more women across South Asia? Shivaani Kohok asks why only one in four women in India have paid jobs and what's holding them back from entering the workplace. She's joined by three women working with entrepreneurs across South Asia.

(Picture: A mother and baby treated by the Sehat Kahani healthtech business)

The biggest financial stories and why they matter to us all.

Is President Trump Bringing Back Jobs?20170318

Is President Trump Bringing Back Jobs?2017031820170319 (WS)

On In the Balance we ask how President Trump's policies are affecting jobs and workers. Ed Butler hears from mayors and economic specialists from across the USA, to get a snapshot of how the economy is faring under the new administration - from the coal industry to car manufacturing. The Mayor of Santa Fe in New Mexico - which is home to a large number of Latino immigrants - explains how tighter policies are spreading fear across the immigrant community. And Colm O' Regan reflects on how President Trump's election has complicated his own job - as a stand-up comedian.

(Picture: US President Donald Trump shakes hands with coal miners in the White House. Credit: Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

How are President Trump's policies affecting employment?

Is The Global Economy On The Mend?20130112

Is The Global Economy On The Mend?2013011220130113 (WS)

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Kilkenomics20131109

Have we mortgaged our children's future? Plus Colm O'Regan's pub quiz.

Kilkenomics2013110920131110 (WS)

Have we mortgaged our children's future? Plus Colm O'Regan's pub quiz.

We make our annual pilgrimage to Kilkenomics, the economics and comedy festival in Ireland. The country's got the green light this week to exit its bailout programme, imposed three years ago. Surely that's good news? Jamie Robertson and his band of economic thinkers - David McWilliams, Deirdre McCloskey and Dan Ariely - discuss whether we've sacrificed our children's future by getting so deeply into debt. And is even having children an act of foolish optimism?

Plus, as the programme's being recorded in a bar, listen out for the inaugural In the Balance pub quiz with our very own quizmaster Colm O'Regan, ably assisted by the audience and the house band.

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

Kilkenomics2013110920131110 (WS)

Have we mortgaged our children's future? Plus Colm O'Regan's pub quiz.

Kilkenomics20131109

We make our annual pilgrimage to Kilkenomics, the economics and comedy festival in Ireland. The country's got the green light this week to exit its bailout programme, imposed three years ago. Surely that's good news? Jamie Robertson and his band of economic thinkers - David McWilliams, Deirdre McCloskey and Dan Ariely - discuss whether we've sacrificed our children's future by getting so deeply into debt. And is even having children an act of foolish optimism?

Plus, as the programme's being recorded in a bar, listen out for the inaugural In the Balance pub quiz with our very own quizmaster Colm O'Regan, ably assisted by the audience and the house band.

Kilkenomics2013110920131110 (WS)

We make our annual pilgrimage to Kilkenomics, the economics and comedy festival in Ireland. The country's got the green light this week to exit its bailout programme, imposed three years ago. Surely that's good news? Jamie Robertson and his band of economic thinkers - David McWilliams, Deirdre McCloskey and Dan Ariely - discuss whether we've sacrificed our children's future by getting so deeply into debt. And is even having children an act of foolish optimism?

Plus, as the programme's being recorded in a bar, listen out for the inaugural In the Balance pub quiz with our very own quizmaster Colm O'Regan, ably assisted by the audience and the house band.

Have we mortgaged our children's future? Plus Colm O'Regan's pub quiz.

Kilkenomics 20142014110820141109 (WS)

In the Balance comes from the Kilkenomics economics and comedy festival in Kilkenny, Ireland. Simon Jack and guests meet in Cleere's pub to discuss the economic issues of the day. Ireland is predicted to be the fastest growing Eurozone economy in 2014, but what dangers lie beneath the surface? And what about the rest of the Eurozone - as the spectre of deflation looms?

Economics and comedy at the Kilkenomics festival in Kilkenny, Ireland

Leadership20120206

If you face a difficult problem what is the best style of leadership to solve it? Should military discipline be the order of the day - or do effective leaders take a more consensual approach? In The Balance's guests draw on their business experience to share leadership strategies. And with Facebook's 27-year-old founder now worth an estimated twenty eight billion dollars, we'll be asking whether it is possible to do too much too young in business? Join Justin Rowlatt and guests: African entrepreneur and director of Viewpoint Africa Ayo Johnson, Indian entrepreneur Rajesh Agrawal of RationalFX and Professor Dominic Swords , a Business Economist at the Henley Business School.

If you face a difficult problem what is the best style of leadership to solve it?

Leadership20120206

If you face a difficult problem what is the best style of leadership to solve it? Should military discipline be the order of the day - or do effective leaders take a more consensual approach? In The Balance's guests draw on their business experience to share leadership strategies. And with Facebook's 27-year-old founder now worth an estimated twenty eight billion dollars, we'll be asking whether it is possible to do too much too young in business? Join Justin Rowlatt and guests: African entrepreneur and director of Viewpoint Africa Ayo Johnson, Indian entrepreneur Rajesh Agrawal of RationalFX and Professor Dominic Swords , a Business Economist at the Henley Business School.

If you face a difficult problem what is the best style of leadership to solve it?

Lifting The Curse Of Oil2012071420120715

How can African countries make the most of their new oil finds? Or could the oil be a curse, if it brings corruption and environmental damage flying in its wake? Lesley Curwen's guests are Paul Adong Deng, Managing Director of Nile Petroleum Corporation, South Sudan's national oil company; Rolake Akinkugbe, an oil and gas specialist from Ecobank, which operates across 32 countries in Africa; and Dr Keith Myers, of Richmond Energy Partners, he's worked with BP and Norway's Statoil and now advises some of the largest funds and institutions investing in oil and gas in Africa. Plus we hear about Africa's booming entertainment industries - but does comedy translate between Europe and Africa? Our in-house comedian, Colm O'Regan finds out the hard way.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lifting The Curse Of Oil2012071420120715

How can African countries make the most of their new oil finds? Or could the oil be a curse, if it brings corruption and environmental damage flying in its wake? Lesley Curwen's guests are Paul Adong Deng, Managing Director of Nile Petroleum Corporation, South Sudan's national oil company; Rolake Akinkugbe, an oil and gas specialist from Ecobank, which operates across 32 countries in Africa; and Dr Keith Myers, of Richmond Energy Partners, he's worked with BP and Norway's Statoil and now advises some of the largest funds and institutions investing in oil and gas in Africa. Plus we hear about Africa's booming entertainment industries - but does comedy translate between Europe and Africa? Our in-house comedian, Colm O'Regan finds out the hard way.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

How can African countries make the most of their new oil finds? Or could the oil be a curse, if it brings corruption and environmental damage flying in its wake? Lesley Curwen's guests are Paul Adong Deng, Managing Director of Nile Petroleum Corporation, South Sudan's national oil company; Rolake Akinkugbe, an oil and gas specialist from Ecobank, which operates across 32 countries in Africa; and Dr Keith Myers, of Richmond Energy Partners, he's worked with BP and Norway's Statoil and now advises some of the largest funds and institutions investing in oil and gas in Africa. Plus we hear about Africa's booming entertainment industries - but does comedy translate between Europe and Africa? Our in-house comedian, Colm O'Regan finds out the hard way.

Long Hours, Short Straw20160109

Long Hours, Short Straw2016010920160110 (WS)

Across the world, we're all working longer hours. But do we need to and what's the cost?

Long Hours, Short Straw20160109

What does the long-hours culture mean to you? Working late, missing time with friends and family? Does putting in extra hours make you better at your job or improve your chances of getting head? Or do you stay behind when actually, the job's done and you could leave? Across the world - from Mexico City to Seoul and from London to Tennessee - we're spending ever more hours at work. Today, we're looking at why and asking what the impact is on our health, our wealth and our wellbeing. With guests Bob Pozen author of Extreme Productivity, Alexandra Michel former Investment Banker at Goldman Sachs and author of a report into the impact of long hour on young, virile and upwardly mobile finance sector employees and Professor Sir Cary Cooper Professor of Organizational Psychology at Manchester School of Management. Presented by Ed Butler. (PHOTO: A man makes his way home from work on a bus as darkness falls in Glasgow, Scotland. CREDIT: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Long Hours, Short Straw2016010920160110 (WS)

What does the long-hours culture mean to you? Working late, missing time with friends and family? Does putting in extra hours make you better at your job or improve your chances of getting head? Or do you stay behind when actually, the job's done and you could leave? Across the world - from Mexico City to Seoul and from London to Tennessee - we're spending ever more hours at work. Today, we're looking at why and asking what the impact is on our health, our wealth and our wellbeing. With guests Bob Pozen author of Extreme Productivity, Alexandra Michel former Investment Banker at Goldman Sachs and author of a report into the impact of long hour on young, virile and upwardly mobile finance sector employees and Professor Sir Cary Cooper Professor of Organizational Psychology at Manchester School of Management. Presented by Ed Butler. (PHOTO: A man makes his way home from work on a bus as darkness falls in Glasgow, Scotland. CREDIT: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Across the world, we're all working longer hours. But do we need to and what's the cost?

Masters of the Universe Handbook20160220

Masters of the Universe Handbook2016022020160221 (WS)

How does business stay ahead of the curve in an increasingly competitive global market?

Masters of the Universe Handbook20160220

How does business stay ahead of the curve in an increasingly competitive global marketplace? While the world's biggest companies - Google and Apple - wrestle for the top spot and some of the world's smallest start-ups set their eyes on the big time, we offer a masterclass with CEOs sharing the secrets of their success. With CEO of Infosys Vishal Sikka, James Citrin of Spencer Stuart, Marieme Jamme of SpotOne Global Solutions and analyst Steve Denning. Presented by Colm O'Regan.

(Photo: Surfer Dog Tillman rides a wave in the sixth Annual Surf Dog competition at Huntington Beach, California. Credit: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Masters Of The Universe Handbook20160220

How does business stay ahead of the curve in an increasingly competitive global marketplace? While the world's biggest companies - Google and Apple - wrestle for the top spot and some of the world's smallest start-ups set their eyes on the big time, we offer a masterclass with CEOs sharing the secrets of their success. With CEO of Infosys Vishal Sikka, James Citrin of Spencer Stuart, Marieme Jamme of SpotOne Global Solutions and analyst Steve Denning. Presented by Colm O'Regan.

(Photo: Surfer Dog Tillman rides a wave in the sixth Annual Surf Dog competition at Huntington Beach, California. Credit: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Masters Of The Universe Handbook2016022020160221 (WS)

How does business stay ahead of the curve in an increasingly competitive global marketplace? While the world's biggest companies - Google and Apple - wrestle for the top spot and some of the world's smallest start-ups set their eyes on the big time, we offer a masterclass with CEOs sharing the secrets of their success. With CEO of Infosys Vishal Sikka, James Citrin of Spencer Stuart, Marieme Jamme of SpotOne Global Solutions and analyst Steve Denning. Presented by Colm O'Regan.

(Photo: Surfer Dog Tillman rides a wave in the sixth Annual Surf Dog competition at Huntington Beach, California. Credit: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

How does business stay ahead of the curve in an increasingly competitive global market?

Monetising Online Content20141115

Rory Cellan Jones hears from some of the world's top tech entrepreneurs about how to make money from publishing online. From music to long form journalism - how do you monetise content and make people want to pay to listen or watch the latest news and entertainment? Rory gets the views of Mike McCue, CEO of Flipboard, Eric Wahlforss from SoundCloud, Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media and also Steven Levy of Medium - a new look at longform journalism online. And, comedian Colm O'Regan tries out old media versus the new.

Please note that at 12:30 into the programme we attribute Mike McCue to SoundCloud. Mike McCue is CEO of Flipboard.

Monetising Online Content20141115

Top tech entrepreneurs share their insights on how to make money out of publishing online

Monetising Online Content2014111520141116 (WS)

Top tech entrepreneurs share their insights on how to make money out of publishing online

The BBC's technology correspondent Rory Cellan Jones hears from some of the world's top tech entrepreneurs about how to make money from publishing online. From music to long form journalism - how do you monetise content and make people want to pay to listen or watch the latest news and entertainment? Rory gets the views of Mike McCue, CEO of Flipboard; Eric Wahlforss from SoundCloud; Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media and also Steven Levy of Medium - a new look at longform journalism online. And comedian Colm O'Regan tries out old media versus the new.

Rory Cellan Jones hears from some of the world's top tech entrepreneurs about how to make money from publishing online. From music to long form journalism - how do you monetise content and make people want to pay to listen or watch the latest news and entertainment? Rory gets the views of Mike McCue, CEO of Flipboard, Eric Wahlforss from SoundCloud, Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media and also Steven Levy of Medium - a new look at longform journalism online. And, comedian Colm O'Regan tries out old media versus the new.

Please note that at 12:30 into the programme we attribute Mike McCue to SoundCloud. Mike McCue is CEO of Flipboard.

Monetising Online Content2014111520141116 (WS)

Top tech entrepreneurs share their insights on how to make money out of publishing online

Moving On2014022220140223 (WS)

How do you build a new life after being in the top job?

How do you build a new life after being in the top job? Evan Davis hears from three former bosses about why they gave up, how they went about building a new career, and what they think now about their old job. And our resident comedian, Colm O’Regan, will be on hand with his take on starting again.

Moving On2014022220140223 (WS)

How do you build a new life after being in the top job?

How do you build a new life after being in the top job? Evan Davis hears from three former bosses about why they gave up, how they went about building a new career, and what they think now about their old job. And our resident comedian, Colm O’Regan, will be on hand with his take on starting again.

Out With The Old?20131102

This week the programme heads to Cambridge for the university's Festival of Ideas to look for inspiration on new ways to solve old economic problems. Manuela Saragosa and her guests ask whether we'll always be condemned to economic cycles of boom and bust. Plus we head to the Orchard Tea Rooms in the leafy village of Grantchester to find out about Mindfulness at work. And we discover who the key risks were to former management consultant, Colm O'Regan's, efforts to bring about change.

Out With The Old?2013110220131103 (WS)

This week the programme heads to Cambridge for the university's Festival of Ideas to look for inspiration on new ways to solve old economic problems. Manuela Saragosa and her guests ask whether we'll always be condemned to economic cycles of boom and bust. Plus we head to the Orchard Tea Rooms in the leafy village of Grantchester to find out about Mindfulness at work. And we discover who the key risks were to former management consultant, Colm O'Regan's, efforts to bring about change.

Will we always be condemned to economic cycles of boom and bust? Plus Mindfulness at work

Out With The Old?20131102

Will we always be condemned to economic cycles of boom and bust? Plus Mindfulness at work

Out With The Old?2013110220131103 (WS)

Will we always be condemned to economic cycles of boom and bust? Plus Mindfulness at work

This week the programme heads to Cambridge for the university's Festival of Ideas to look for inspiration on new ways to solve old economic problems. Manuela Saragosa and her guests ask whether we'll always be condemned to economic cycles of boom and bust. Plus we head to the Orchard Tea Rooms in the leafy village of Grantchester to find out about Mindfulness at work. And we discover who the key risks were to former management consultant, Colm O'Regan's, efforts to bring about change.

Out With The Old?2013110220131103 (WS)

Will we always be condemned to economic cycles of boom and bust? Plus Mindfulness at work

Paris: Counting the Cost20151219

Paris: Counting the Cost20151219

Alongside the enormous human tragedy of the Paris terror attacks, what is the economic cost? Just over a month on from the catastrophic events of the 13th of November, we visit Paris again, to hear the stories of the business people there who are still picking up the pieces. (PHOTO: Flowers and messages are left in Trafalgar Square, London. CREDIT: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Paris: Counting The Cost2015121920151220 (WS)

Alongside the enormous human tragedy of the Paris terror attacks, what is the economic cost? Just over a month on from the catastrophic events of the 13th of November, we visit Paris again, to hear the stories of the business people there who are still picking up the pieces. (PHOTO: Flowers and messages are left in Trafalgar Square, London. CREDIT: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Along with the human tragedy, what was the economic cost of the terror attacks for Paris?

Along with the human tragedy, what was the economic cost of the terror attacks for Paris?

Press Barons: End Of An Era?2012050520120506

Are press barons facing extinction? Justin Rowlatt and guests discuss the future of papers

The capo di tutti capi of the world's media moguls, Rupert Murdoch, has been the subject of much press coverage this week with a claim that he's not a fit person to run an international corporation but that isn't the biggest threat his newspaper business faces. Justin Rowlatt and his guests, Carla Buzasi, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post UK, Kalpana Sharma, a former editor of the Mumbai edition of the Hindu, and Tom Rosenstiel of the Pew Research Centre in the USA discuss whether press barons like Mr Murdoch are an endangered species. Should we care if they face extinction? Plus why free online news isn't really free at all.

Press Barons: End Of An Era?2012050520120506

Are press barons facing extinction? Justin Rowlatt and guests discuss the future of papers

The capo di tutti capi of the world's media moguls, Rupert Murdoch, has been the subject of much press coverage this week with a claim that he's not a fit person to run an international corporation but that isn't the biggest threat his newspaper business faces. Justin Rowlatt and his guests, Carla Buzasi, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post UK, Kalpana Sharma, a former editor of the Mumbai edition of the Hindu, and Tom Rosenstiel of the Pew Research Centre in the USA discuss whether press barons like Mr Murdoch are an endangered species. Should we care if they face extinction? Plus why free online news isn't really free at all.

The capo di tutti capi of the world's media moguls, Rupert Murdoch, has been the subject of much press coverage this week with a claim that he's not a fit person to run an international corporation but that isn't the biggest threat his newspaper business faces. Justin Rowlatt and his guests, Carla Buzasi, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post UK, Kalpana Sharma, a former editor of the Mumbai edition of the Hindu, and Tom Rosenstiel of the Pew Research Centre in the USA discuss whether press barons like Mr Murdoch are an endangered species. Should we care if they face extinction? Plus why free online news isn't really free at all.

Are press barons facing extinction? Justin Rowlatt and guests discuss the future of papers

Press Barons: End Of An Era?20120506

Are press barons facing extinction? Justin Rowlatt and guests discuss the future of papers

Profit And The Planet2015092620150927 (WS)

Some of the biggest names in global business step up before an invited audience for a special In the Balance debate on the way forward in tackling climate change. Will business always follow the fastest route to a profit when it comes to burning fossil fuels? Are new policies needed, forcing businesses to change the ways in which they operate? Or when it comes to finding solutions to carbon emissions, is big global business now leading the way, daring to propose change that no government will propose, innovating new planet-saving technologies and creating new markets to make innovation possible? Recorded in New York, during Climate Week, featuring guest speakers Sir Richard Branson and Unilever's CEO Paul Polman and presented by Simon Jack.

(Photo: Founder of Virgin Group Sir Richard Branson discusses the interaction between business and climate during a New York City Climate Week, 2014 in New York City. Credit: Michael Graae/Getty Images)

Does big business have the tools to tackle climate change, where governments have failed?

Profit And The Planet2015092620150927 (WS)

Some of the biggest names in global business step up before an invited audience for a special In the Balance debate on the way forward in tackling climate change. Will business always follow the fastest route to a profit when it comes to burning fossil fuels? Are new policies needed, forcing businesses to change the ways in which they operate? Or when it comes to finding solutions to carbon emissions, is big global business now leading the way, daring to propose change that no government will propose, innovating new planet-saving technologies and creating new markets to make innovation possible? Recorded in New York, during Climate Week, featuring guest speakers Sir Richard Branson and Unilever's CEO Paul Polman and presented by Simon Jack.

(Photo: Founder of Virgin Group Sir Richard Branson discusses the interaction between business and climate during a New York City Climate Week, 2014 in New York City. Credit: Michael Graae/Getty Images)

Does big business have the tools to tackle climate change, where governments have failed?

Profits And The Planet20150927

Simon Jack in New York presents big names in business debating the way forward in tackling climate change, with a live audience.

Profits And The Planet20150927

Simon Jack in New York presents big names in business debating the way forward in tackling climate change, with a live audience.

Qe: The Great Unwind2013082420130825 (WS)

The Great Unwind - what happens when stimulus ends?

Is the era of cheap money coming to an end? Central banks are preparing for the withdrawal of stimulus measures such as Quantitative Easing, which was meant to boost ailing economies. Yet the mere prospect of this happening has thrown emerging markets into turmoil. No one really knows what the global impact of the Great Unwind will be. In the Balance this week peers into a future without billions of dollars being poured into economies through the buying of government bonds and other financial instruments. Lesley Curwen is joined by Mohamed El-Erian, CEO of PIMCO, the biggest bond investors in the world, Virginie Maisonneuve, head of global equities at Schroders and Albrecht Ritschl economic historian at the London School of Economics.

Qe: The Great Unwind20130824

The Great Unwind - what happens when stimulus ends?

Is the era of cheap money coming to an end? Central banks are preparing for the withdrawal of stimulus measures such as Quantitative Easing, which was meant to boost ailing economies. Yet the mere prospect of this happening has thrown emerging markets into turmoil. No one really knows what the global impact of the Great Unwind will be. In the Balance this week peers into a future without billions of dollars being poured into economies through the buying of government bonds and other financial instruments. Lesley Curwen is joined by Mohamed El-Erian, CEO of PIMCO, the biggest bond investors in the world, Virginie Maisonneuve, head of global equities at Schroders and Albrecht Ritschl economic historian at the London School of Economics.

Raising Funds For Tropical Diseases2014083020140831 (WS)

How to pay for treatments for neglected tropical diseases

Drugs companies and governments have got together to fast track development of a vaccine for Ebola. In the Balance asks: as the Ebola virus wreaks havoc in West Africa - what more can be done to tackle a long list of neglected tropical diseases, the so-called diseases of the poor that kill and maim millions in the developing world every year? Manuela Saragosa puts that question to Dr Allan Pamba of the pharmaceutical giant GSK where he is vice president of the East Africa Cluster & African Government Affairs; Julie Jacobson of the Gates Foundation; David Ridley a Health economist at Duke University in North Carolina and Simon Brooker who is Professor of Epidemiology and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Raising Funds For Tropical Diseases2014083020140831 (WS)

How to pay for treatments for neglected tropical diseases

Drugs companies and governments have got together to fast track development of a vaccine for Ebola. In the Balance asks: as the Ebola virus wreaks havoc in West Africa - what more can be done to tackle a long list of neglected tropical diseases, the so-called diseases of the poor that kill and maim millions in the developing world every year? Manuela Saragosa puts that question to Dr Allan Pamba of the pharmaceutical giant GSK where he is vice president of the East Africa Cluster and African Government Affairs; Julie Jacobson of the Gates Foundation; David Ridley a Health economist at Duke University in North Carolina and Simon Brooker who is Professor of Epidemiology and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Risk20120123

Are we all becoming more risk-averse, and what does that mean for the global economy?

Lesley Curwen discusses risk with Harvard economics professor Ken Rogoff, the Financial Times columnist known as 'Mrs Moneypenny', and Gerald Ashley, author and risk management expert.

Plus, the management consultant turned comedian Colm O'Regan dispenses his wisdom on negotiating ploys and the panel discuss their own favourite negotiating techniques.

Risk20120123

Are we all becoming more risk-averse, and what does that mean for the global economy?

Lesley Curwen discusses risk with Harvard economics professor Ken Rogoff, the Financial Times columnist known as 'Mrs Moneypenny', and Gerald Ashley, author and risk management expert.

Plus, the management consultant turned comedian Colm O'Regan dispenses his wisdom on negotiating ploys and the panel discuss their own favourite negotiating techniques.

Are we all becoming more risk-averse, and what does that mean for the global economy?

Lesley Curwen discusses risk with Harvard economics professor Ken Rogoff, the Financial Times columnist known as 'Mrs Moneypenny', and Gerald Ashley, author and risk management expert.

Plus, the management consultant turned comedian Colm O'Regan dispenses his wisdom on negotiating ploys and the panel discuss their own favourite negotiating techniques.

Russia's Paradox20131116

Russia has incredible mineral wealth, vast supplies of oil and gas, and great fertile plains, yet in the last two weeks it has almost halved its long-term growth forecast. Justin Rowlatt challenges his guests to explain what's wrong with Russia. Why can't it live up to its potential? A recent report claimed that 35% of the country's riches are in the hands of 110 people, but is inequality the problem or a failure to ditch the habits of Communism? Or is it simply over-dependence on oil? And in the wake of the Russians sending the Olympic torch towards the final frontier for a historic spacewalk, Colm O'Regan reflects on old rivalries and his own need to come first.

Russia's Paradox2013111620131117 (WS)

Why is the country's economy faltering? And are Russians still obsessed with being first?

Russia has incredible mineral wealth, vast supplies of oil and gas, and great fertile plains, yet in the last two weeks it has almost halved its long-term growth forecast. Justin Rowlatt challenges his guests to explain what's wrong with Russia. Why can't it live up to its potential? A recent report claimed that 35% of the country's riches are in the hands of 110 people, but is inequality the problem or a failure to ditch the habits of Communism? Or is it simply over-dependence on oil? And in the wake of the Russians sending the Olympic torch towards the final frontier for a historic spacewalk, Colm O'Regan reflects on old rivalries and his own need to come first.

Russia's Paradox2013111620131117 (WS)

Why is the country's economy faltering? And are Russians still obsessed with being first?

Russia has incredible mineral wealth, vast supplies of oil and gas, and great fertile plains, yet in the last two weeks it has almost halved its long-term growth forecast. Justin Rowlatt challenges his guests to explain what's wrong with Russia. Why can't it live up to its potential? A recent report claimed that 35% of the country's riches are in the hands of 110 people, but is inequality the problem or a failure to ditch the habits of Communism? Or is it simply over-dependence on oil? And in the wake of the Russians sending the Olympic torch towards the final frontier for a historic spacewalk, Colm O'Regan reflects on old rivalries and his own need to come first.

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

Sanctions: The Politics of Embarrassment?20140726

Sanctions: The Politics of Embarrassment?20140726

In the Balance takes a closer look at economic sanctions.

Sanctions: The Politics of Embarrassment?2014072620140727 (WS)

In the Balance takes a closer look at economic sanctions.

Sanctions: The Politics of Embarrassment?20140726

In the Balance this week takes a closer look at economic sanctions. As Europe struggles to decide how to deal with Russia, we discuss whether sanctions have ever worked in the past and ask if they could persuade President Putin to do anything different.

Our guests include Maria Lipman in Moscow, professor Robert Pape, director of the University of Chicago's project on Security and Terrorism. And in London, James Nixey, head of the Russia and Eurasia program at Chatham House and Otilia Dhand, vice president of Teneo Intelligence.

Sanctions: The Politics Of Embarrassment?2014072620140727 (WS)

In the Balance this week takes a closer look at economic sanctions. As Europe struggles to decide how to deal with Russia, we discuss whether sanctions have ever worked in the past and ask if they could persuade President Putin to do anything different.

Our guests include Maria Lipman in Moscow, professor Robert Pape, director of the University of Chicago's project on Security and Terrorism. And in London, James Nixey, head of the Russia and Eurasia program at Chatham House and Otilia Dhand, vice president of Teneo Intelligence.

In the Balance takes a closer look at economic sanctions.

Start Ups: Culture Or Cult?2016110520161106 (WS)

Why does everyone want a piece of startup culture, and is it all it's cracked up to be?

The idea of a small, dynamic company with big ambitions and a mission that all employees believe in, seems to be something that everyone wants a slice of these days. Industrial heavyweights such as car-makers, BMW and Ford have been launching their own spinoff initiatives to try to capture that startup magic themselves. But what exactly is startup culture and how can a company hang on to it as it grows? Is it even possible for corporate giants to emulate it?

We start this week's programme at the London offices of Transferwise, where presenter Ed Butler gets to grips with startup culture, through a game of Ping-Pong with CEO Taavet Hinrikus. It's all good fun, but how much do employees really benefit from working in environments like this one? And when does a culture, become a cult?

To explore all that and more, Ed returns to the studio where he's joined by Alicia Navarro, CEO and co-founder of the London-based tech start-up, Skimlinks, and from Boston in the US by Dan Lyons, author of a recent best-selling book, Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble, and Bill Aulet, managing director of the Martin Trust Centre for MIT Entrepreneurship and a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

(Photo: A man enter the doors of the 'WeWork' co-operative co-working space in Washington, DC. Credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Start Ups: Culture Or Cult?2016110520161106 (WS)

Why does everyone want a piece of startup culture, and is it all it's cracked up to be?

The idea of a small, dynamic company with big ambitions and a mission that all employees believe in, seems to be something that everyone wants a slice of these days. Industrial heavyweights such as car-makers, BMW and Ford have been launching their own spinoff initiatives to try to capture that startup magic themselves. But what exactly is startup culture and how can a company hang on to it as it grows? Is it even possible for corporate giants to emulate it?

We start this week's programme at the London offices of Transferwise, where presenter Ed Butler gets to grips with startup culture, through a game of Ping-Pong with CEO Taavet Hinrikus. It's all good fun, but how much do employees really benefit from working in environments like this one? And when does a culture, become a cult?

To explore all that and more, Ed returns to the studio where he's joined by Alicia Navarro, CEO and co-founder of the London-based tech start-up, Skimlinks, and from Boston in the US by Dan Lyons, author of a recent best-selling book, Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble, and Bill Aulet, managing director of the Martin Trust Centre for MIT Entrepreneurship and a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

(Photo: A man enter the doors of the 'WeWork' co-operative co-working space in Washington, DC. Credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Startups: Culture Or Cult?2016110520161106 (WS)

Why does everyone want a piece of startup culture, and is it all it is cracked up to be?

The idea of a small, dynamic company with big ambitions and a mission that all employees believe in, seems to be something that everyone wants a slice of these days. Industrial heavyweights such as car-makers, BMW and Ford have been launching their own spin-off initiatives to try to capture that startup magic themselves. But what exactly is startup culture and how can a company hang on to it as it grows? Is it even possible for corporate giants to emulate it?

At the London offices of Transferwise, presenter Ed Butler gets to grips with startup culture, through a game of Ping-Pong with CEO Taavet Hinrikus. It is all good fun, but how much do employees really benefit from working in environments like this one? And when does a culture, become a cult?

To explore all that and more, Ed returns to the studio where he is joined by Alicia Navarro, CEO and co-founder of the London-based tech startup, Skimlinks, and from Boston in the US by Dan Lyons, author of a recent best-selling book, Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble, and Bill Aulet, managing director of the Martin Trust Centre for MIT Entrepreneurship and a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

(Photo: A man enter the doors of the WeWork co-operative co-working space in Washington, DC. Credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Startups: Culture Or Cult?2016110520161106 (WS)

Why does everyone want a piece of startup culture, and is it all it is cracked up to be?

The idea of a small, dynamic company with big ambitions and a mission that all employees believe in, seems to be something that everyone wants a slice of these days. Industrial heavyweights such as car-makers, BMW and Ford have been launching their own spin-off initiatives to try to capture that startup magic themselves. But what exactly is startup culture and how can a company hang on to it as it grows? Is it even possible for corporate giants to emulate it?

At the London offices of Transferwise, presenter Ed Butler gets to grips with startup culture, through a game of Ping-Pong with CEO Taavet Hinrikus. It is all good fun, but how much do employees really benefit from working in environments like this one? And when does a culture, become a cult?

To explore all that and more, Ed returns to the studio where he is joined by Alicia Navarro, CEO and co-founder of the London-based tech startup, Skimlinks, and from Boston in the US by Dan Lyons, author of a recent best-selling book, Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble, and Bill Aulet, managing director of the Martin Trust Centre for MIT Entrepreneurship and a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

(Photo: A man enter the doors of the WeWork co-operative co-working space in Washington, DC. Credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Taking Stock2013122820131229 (WS)

Are debt and austerity still top of the economic agenda?

In the Balance looks at the road to recovery after the financial crash of 2008. How have some of the world's richest - and poorest - people been affected by the crisis in capitalism? Are debt and austerity still the most important economic topics of the moment?

Taking Stock2013122820131229 (WS)

In the Balance looks at the road to recovery after the financial crash of 2008. How have some of the world's richest - and poorest - people been affected by the crisis in capitalism? Are debt and austerity still the most important economic topics of the moment?

Are debt and austerity still top of the economic agenda?

Tax Evasion2012080420120805 (WS)

How much money is the developing world missing out on because of tax cheats?

At least $21 trillion of untaxed private wealth was invested in global tax havens in 2010, according to a report from the Tax Justice Network.

Lesley Curwen and her guests debate whether the fight against poverty is being undermined by tax cheating in low-income countries. Are governments going to act to stop it? And after the massive power cuts in India, how would you cope with two days without electricity?

Lesley Curwen and her guests debate tax evasion.

Plus, it's pants! Those power blackouts inspire In the Balance's resident comedian, Colm O'Regan, to look at growing pains.

Lesley's guests are James Henry, who wrote The Price of Offshore Revisited for the Tax Justice Network; Ronnie Ludwig, a partner in the accountancy firm Saffery Champness and a former tax inspector with expertise in tax havens, and the leading economist Jagdish Bhagwati, Professor of Economics and Law at Columbia University in New York, who writes extensively on trade and development.

Tax Evasion2012080420120805 (WS)

How much money is the developing world missing out on because of tax cheats?

How much money is the developing world missing out on because of tax cheats?

At least $21 trillion of untaxed private wealth was invested in global tax havens in 2010, according to a report from the Tax Justice Network.

Lesley Curwen and her guests debate whether the fight against poverty is being undermined by tax cheating in low-income countries. Are governments going to act to stop it? And after the massive power cuts in India, how would you cope with two days without electricity?

Lesley Curwen and her guests debate tax evasion.

Plus, it's pants! Those power blackouts inspire In the Balance's resident comedian, Colm O'Regan, to look at growing pains.

Lesley's guests are James Henry, who wrote The Price of Offshore Revisited for the Tax Justice Network; Ronnie Ludwig, a partner in the accountancy firm Saffery Champness and a former tax inspector with expertise in tax havens, and the leading economist Jagdish Bhagwati, Professor of Economics and Law at Columbia University in New York, who writes extensively on trade and development.

How much money is the developing world missing out on because of tax cheats?

At least 21 trillion dollars of untaxed private wealth was invested in global tax havens in 2010, according to a report from the Tax Justice Network. Lesley Curwen and her guests debate whether the fight against poverty is being undermined by tax cheating in low-income countries. Are governments going to act to stop it? And after the massive power cuts in India, how would you cope with two days without electricity? Lesley Curwen and her guests debate tax evasion. Plus, it's pants! Those power blackouts inspire In the Balance's resident comedian, Colm O'Regan, to look at growing pains. Lesley's guests are James Henry, who wrote "The Price of Offshore Revisited" for the Tax Justice Network; Ronnie Ludwig, a partner in the accountancy firm Saffery Champness, and a former tax inspector with expertise in tax havens; And the leading economist Jagdish Bhagwati, Professor of Economics and Law at Columbia University in New York, who writes extensively on Trade and Development.

At least $21 trillion of untaxed private wealth was invested in global tax havens in 2010, according to a report from the Tax Justice Network.

Lesley Curwen and her guests debate whether the fight against poverty is being undermined by tax cheating in low-income countries. Are governments going to act to stop it? And after the massive power cuts in India, how would you cope with two days without electricity?

Lesley Curwen and her guests debate tax evasion.

Plus, it's pants! Those power blackouts inspire In the Balance's resident comedian, Colm O'Regan, to look at growing pains.

Lesley's guests are James Henry, who wrote The Price of Offshore Revisited for the Tax Justice Network; Ronnie Ludwig, a partner in the accountancy firm Saffery Champness and a former tax inspector with expertise in tax havens, and the leading economist Jagdish Bhagwati, Professor of Economics and Law at Columbia University in New York, who writes extensively on trade and development.

Taxation: Why Don't They Pay More?20160213

Taxation: Why Don't They Pay More?20160213

For as long as there has been taxation, there has been a debate about who should pay and how much? Tax is supposed to make sure that everyone who can, puts something into the pot. But how does any taxation system ensure that everyone who is supposed to pay, actually does? We have an exclusive interview with the head of taxation at the OECD, Pascal Saint-Amans. He is author of a report, out later this month, which aims to outline best world-wide practise for countries and corporations.

We also hear about the challenges facing Africa in collecting enough tax to sustain development there, with the former chief economist of the African Development Bank, Mthuli Ncube. And, former US government adviser and now head of the Manhattan Institute Diana Furchtgott-Roth makes the case for keeping taxation of any sort, to an absolute minimum. Presented by Ed Butler.

(Photo: A demonstrator holds a sign reading 'Stop tax evasion #Cahuzac case' on 8 February 2016. Credit: Miguel/Medina/AFP/Getty Images)

Taxation: Why Don't They Pay More?2016021320160214 (WS)

What constitutes fair and effective tax and how do we make sure those who should pay, do?

For as long as there has been taxation, there has been a debate about who should pay and how much? Tax is supposed to make sure that everyone who can, puts something into the pot. But how does any taxation system ensure that everyone who is supposed to pay, actually does? We have an exclusive interview with the head of taxation at the OECD, Pascal Saint-Amans. He is author of a report, out later this month, which aims to outline best world-wide practise for countries and corporations.

We also hear about the challenges facing Africa in collecting enough tax to sustain development there, with the former chief economist of the African Development Bank, Mthuli Ncube. And, former US government adviser and now head of the Manhattan Institute Diana Furchtgott-Roth makes the case for keeping taxation of any sort, to an absolute minimum. Presented by Ed Butler.

(Photo: A demonstrator holds a sign reading 'Stop tax evasion #Cahuzac case' on 8 February 2016. Credit: Miguel/Medina/AFP/Getty Images)

Taxation: Why Don't They Pay More?2016021320160214 (WS)

What constitutes fair and effective tax and how do we make sure those who should pay, do?

The Business Of Rock 'n Roll2013062920130630 (WS)

How do you make money in the music business these days?

How do you make money in the music business these days? In the Balance tunes into one of the world's biggest music festivals, Glastonbury, to discuss how much change the industry's gone through in the last decade. We hear from a modern day internet pop phenomenon who said no to the record labels, and from Mick Jagger on how the world of rock and roll has changed since he started out fifty years ago.

The Business Of Rock 'n' Roll2013062920130630 (WS)

How do you make money in the music business?

The Business Of Rock 'n' Roll2013062920130630 (WS)

How do you make money in the music business?

How do you make money in the music business these days?

How do you make money in the music business these days? In the Balance tunes into one of the world's biggest music festivals, Glastonbury, to discuss how much change the industry's gone through in the last decade. We hear from a modern day internet pop phenomenon who said no to the record labels, and from Mick Jagger on how the world of rock and roll has changed since he started out fifty years ago.

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The Conquest of Reality: is Virtual Reality the Future?20160403

The Conquest of Reality: is Virtual Reality the Future?20160403

In the week that Oculus Rift launched its very first consumer headset, In the Balance returns with a programme exploring the many guises of ‘virtual reality’ and asks is it the next big technology of the future? With rival products from the likes of Samsung, Sony and HTC all out recently or expected this year– which company will come out on top? The BBC’s Ed Butler is joined by Jeremy Bailenson; virtual reality expert at Stanford University’ and author of ‘Infinite Reality: The Hidden Blueprint of Our Virtual Lives’, Nonny De La Peña; an Immersive Journalist known as the ‘godmother of virtual reality’ and the BBC’s technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones.

Plus, we get a taste of a real-life application already in use today courtesy of architecture practice 'Ackroyd + Associates'.

Image: woman with virtual reality headset, Credt: Thinkstock

The Conquest of Reality: is Virtual Reality the Future?20160403

The many guises of virtual reality and what the future holds for the technology

The Conquest Of Reality: Is Virtual Reality The Future?20160403

The many guises of virtual reality and what the future holds for the technology

In the week that Oculus Rift launched its very first consumer headset, In the Balance returns with a programme exploring the many guises of ‘virtual reality’ and asks is it the next big technology of the future? With rival products from the likes of Samsung, Sony and HTC all out recently or expected this year– which company will come out on top? The BBC’s Ed Butler is joined by Jeremy Bailenson; virtual reality expert at Stanford University’ and author of ‘Infinite Reality: The Hidden Blueprint of Our Virtual Lives’, Nonny De La Peña; an Immersive Journalist known as the ‘godmother of virtual reality’ and the BBC’s technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones.

Plus, we get a taste of a real-life application already in use today courtesy of architecture practice 'Ackroyd + Associates'.

Image: woman with virtual reality headset, Credt: Thinkstock

The Cost Of Flooding2014030820140309 (WS)

How can we make ourselves more resilient against the risk of flooding?

How does widespread flooding affect the world economy? And what can we do to make our economies more resilient against the increased likelihood of floods? Our guests include an underwriter with the doom-laden title of head of catastrophic perils, and experts from Bangladesh and the Netherlands, a country that has successfully held back seas and rivers for centuries. Manuela Saragosa's guests are Brenden Jongman from VU University in Amsterdam, Andreas Schraft, Head of Catastrophic Perils at the Swiss re-insurance giant Swiss Re and climate change expert, Dr Saleemul Huq, from the International Institute for Environment and Development in London and Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development in Bangladesh. And as ever we hear from our IT consultant turned stand-up comedian, Colm O'Regan.

The Cost Of Flooding2014030820140309 (WS)

How does widespread flooding affect the world economy? And what can we do to make our economies more resilient against the increased likelihood of floods? Our guests include an underwriter with the doom-laden title of head of catastrophic perils, and experts from Bangladesh and the Netherlands, a country that has successfully held back seas and rivers for centuries. Manuela Saragosa's guests are Brenden Jongman from VU University in Amsterdam, Andreas Schraft, Head of Catastrophic Perils at the Swiss re-insurance giant Swiss Re and climate change expert, Dr Saleemul Huq, from the International Institute for Environment and Development in London and Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development in Bangladesh. And as ever we hear from our IT consultant turned stand-up comedian, Colm O'Regan.

How can we make ourselves more resilient against the risk of flooding?

The Danger of Silos20151024

The Danger of Silos20151024

Expertise in any business would seem to be a good thing. But when it leads to barriers to sharing information - so called 'silos' - it can in fact represent a huge risk. So says Gillian Tett, author of a new book on the subject -The Silo Effect:The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers.

Gillian argues that many of the business crises of the past ten years can be explained via silos in business sectors such as banking. She is joined by Karl Ludvigesen former Vice President of Ford Europe and by Alvin Hall the world renowned financial adviser; he says that no matter what you do, people will always get together into groups or 'tribes' in corporations often refusing to share skills and knowledge because it's human nature to do so. But is he right?

And we have an exclusive interview with the former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England Sir Paul Tucker, on what part silos had to play in the 2008 global financial crisis, when he was at the bank. Presented by Ed Butler.

(Photo: An employee views trading screens. Credit: Carl Court/Getty Images)

The Danger Of Silos2015102420151025 (WS)

Too many experts not enough shared information? Are 'silos' in business a risk to us all?

Expertise in any business would seem to be a good thing. But when it leads to barriers to sharing information - so called 'silos' - it can in fact represent a huge risk. So says Gillian Tett, author of a new book on the subject -The Silo Effect:The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers.

Gillian argues that many of the business crises of the past ten years can be explained via silos in business sectors such as banking. She is joined by Karl Ludvigesen former Vice President of Ford Europe and by Alvin Hall the world renowned financial adviser; he says that no matter what you do, people will always get together into groups or 'tribes' in corporations often refusing to share skills and knowledge because it's human nature to do so. But is he right?

And we have an exclusive interview with the former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England Sir Paul Tucker, on what part silos had to play in the 2008 global financial crisis, when he was at the bank. Presented by Ed Butler.

(Photo: An employee views trading screens. Credit: Carl Court/Getty Images)

The Danger of Silos2015102420151025 (WS)

Too many experts not enough shared information? Are 'silos' in business a risk to us all?

The End Of American Exceptionalism?2013101220131013 (WS)

Does the political wrangling in Washington threaten America's global economic dominance?

Have you ever heard of Nezahualcoyotl? No? Find out how this medieval Mexican poet inspired the programme to ask if America's economic crown is slipping. Manuela Saragosa and her guests, Edward Alden of the Council on Foreign Relations, Mthuli Ncube, chief economist and vice president of the African Development Bank, and professor Danny Quah of the London School of Economics, discuss whether political wrangling over US public finances has damaged the country's global economic standing.

And the programme's resident Irish comedian and commentator Colm O'Regan reflects on his own country's relationship with the USA, and wonders if countries should have a plan B

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The End Of American Exceptionalism?2013101220131013 (WS)

Does the political wrangling in Washington threaten America's global economic dominance?

The End Of American Exceptionalism?2013101220131013 (WS)

Have you ever heard of Nezahualcoyotl? No? Find out how this medieval Mexican poet inspired the programme to ask if America's economic crown is slipping. Manuela Saragosa and her guests, Edward Alden of the Council on Foreign Relations, Mthuli Ncube, chief economist and vice president of the African Development Bank, and professor Danny Quah of the London School of Economics, discuss whether political wrangling over US public finances has damaged the country's global economic standing.

And the programme's resident Irish comedian and commentator Colm O'Regan reflects on his own country's relationship with the USA, and wonders if countries should have a plan B

Does the political wrangling in Washington threaten America's global economic dominance?

The End Of The Oil Age?2014101120141012 (WS)

Is the age of oil drawing to an end?

In the Balance is drilling for oil - or rather for some explanation of what's been happening to prices: why have they been falling when the Middle East is in turmoil? After all, conflict in the region has often been the spark for sharp rises in the price of crude oil.

Andrew Walker is joined by Seth Kleinman, Head of Energy Strategy at the financial group - Citi, Greg Priddy in Washington, Director of Global Energy and Natural Resources at Eurasia Group, a firm which does political risk assessment and consultancy. And Bill Farren-Price is in London. He is the Founder and CEO of Petroleum Policy Intelligence. Also, comedian Colm O' Regan gets on his bike in search of energy.

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The End Of The Oil Age?2014101120141012 (WS)

Is the age of oil drawing to an end?

In the Balance is drilling for oil - or rather for some explanation of what's been happening to prices: why have they been falling when the Middle East is in turmoil? After all, conflict in the region has often been the spark for sharp rises in the price of crude oil.

Andrew Walker is joined by Seth Kleinman, Head of Energy Strategy at the financial group - Citi, Greg Priddy in Washington, Director of Global Energy and Natural Resources at Eurasia Group, a firm which does political risk assessment and consultancy. And Bill Farren-Price is in London. He is the Founder and CEO of Petroleum Policy Intelligence. Also, comedian Colm O' Regan gets on his bike in search of energy.

The Future Of Food20140823
The Future Of Food20140823

The Future Of Food20140823

How will we feed the future population of the world?

The Future Of Food2014082320140824 (WS)

How will we feed the future population of the world?

The Future Of Food20140823

This week Colm O’Regan, In the Balance regular contributor, stand-up comedian and farmer’s son, presents a special In the Balance looking at the future of food. Will we be able to feed the nine and a half billion people that the UN says will be on the planet by 2050? And if so, which technologies will help the most? We meet the people and businesses working to re-shape the way we'll eat, and farm, in the years to come.

Contributors include:

Robert Rhinehart CEO of Soylent

Professor Kim Hammond- Kossack, Rothamsted Research

Joshua Tetrick, Hampton Creek CEO

Charlie Paton, Founder, Seawater Greenhouse

Professor Charles Godfray Director, Oxford Martin Programme of the Future of Food at Oxford University.

Elia Timotheo of EA Fruits.

David Edwards.. CEO of WikiFoods.

And Jonathan Horrell, Director of Sustainability for Mondelez International

The Future Of Food2014082320140824 (WS)

This week Colm O’Regan, In the Balance regular contributor, stand-up comedian and farmer’s son, presents a special In the Balance looking at the future of food. Will we be able to feed the nine and a half billion people that the UN says will be on the planet by 2050? And if so, which technologies will help the most? We meet the people and businesses working to re-shape the way we'll eat, and farm, in the years to come.

Contributors include:

Robert Rhinehart CEO of Soylent

Professor Kim Hammond- Kossack, Rothamsted Research

Joshua Tetrick, Hampton Creek CEO

Charlie Paton, Founder, Seawater Greenhouse

Professor Charles Godfray Director, Oxford Martin Programme of the Future of Food at Oxford University.

Elia Timotheo of EA Fruits.

David Edwards.. CEO of WikiFoods.

And Jonathan Horrell, Director of Sustainability for Mondelez International

How will we feed the future population of the world?

The Gig Economy and You20151010

The Gig Economy and You2015101020151011 (WS)

Can the gig economy open up jobs markets while safeguarding workers' rights?

The Gig Economy and You20151010

On IN THE BALANCE this week, we look at the so-called gig economy - where employees are matched to short-term work via online platforms - something which is changing how we all go about looking for work. In the West, it challenges the idea of what people can expect from employment - a job for life with a salary and benefits is becoming less common, causing worry for some. But in other parts of the world it's a different story. In emerging economies, new technologies enable prospective employees to log into places of work on the other side of the world, carry out jobs ranging from coding to legal services, and so it is opening up western jobs markets as never before. It means a greater talent pool and highly competitive pricing, but does it also mean a race to the bottom for terms of employment and wages? We hear from the CEO of the world's biggest online jobs market space, Stephane Kasriel of Upwork, and from a world expert on the global dynamics of the gig economy, Professor Arun Sundararajan of New York’s Stern Business School. We hear from some young job seekers in Nairobi about what they want from their careers, and from start-up entrepreneur Marieme Jamme, who argues that the gig economy is changing the employment game for us all. Presented by Manuela Saragosa. (Photo: A young woman displays a Blackberry in Jakarta. Credit: Romeo Gacad/ AFP/Getty Images)

The Gig Economy And You2015101020151011 (WS)

On IN THE BALANCE this week, we look at the so-called gig economy - where employees are matched to short-term work via online platforms - something which is changing how we all go about looking for work. In the West, it challenges the idea of what people can expect from employment - a job for life with a salary and benefits is becoming less common, causing worry for some. But in other parts of the world it's a different story. In emerging economies, new technologies enable prospective employees to log into places of work on the other side of the world, carry out jobs ranging from coding to legal services, and so it is opening up western jobs markets as never before. It means a greater talent pool and highly competitive pricing, but does it also mean a race to the bottom for terms of employment and wages? We hear from the CEO of the world's biggest online jobs market space, Stephane Kasriel of Upwork, and from a world expert on the global dynamics of the gig economy, Professor Arun Sundararajan of New York’s Stern Business School. We hear from some young job seekers in Nairobi about what they want from their careers, and from start-up entrepreneur Marieme Jamme, who argues that the gig economy is changing the employment game for us all. Presented by Manuela Saragosa. (Photo: A young woman displays a Blackberry in Jakarta. Credit: Romeo Gacad/ AFP/Getty Images)

Can the gig economy open up jobs markets while safeguarding workers' rights?

The People Are Revolting20120401

In the Balance asks whether angry people can change the course of economic history. Could protestors in Europe stop the cuts in public sector spending? Plus we look at how parents are increasingly having to provide homes for their grownup children - just when they thought they'd got rid of them...is the family the new welfare state? Colm O'Regan muses on the economic safety net the family provides.

Join Lesley Curwen and her guests, Nagore Calvo, herself from Spain and a lecturer in International Relations at Kings College London, Paola Subacchi, the Research Director in International Economics at the think tank Chatham House here in the UK and Bob McKee, chief economist at Independent Strategy, as they dissect the Spanish economy and the English pasty.

Can angry people change the course of economic history? Will protests halt cuts in Europe?

The People Are Revolting20120401

In the Balance asks whether angry people can change the course of economic history. Could protestors in Europe stop the cuts in public sector spending? Plus we look at how parents are increasingly having to provide homes for their grownup children - just when they thought they'd got rid of them...is the family the new welfare state? Colm O'Regan muses on the economic safety net the family provides.

Join Lesley Curwen and her guests, Nagore Calvo, herself from Spain and a lecturer in International Relations at Kings College London, Paola Subacchi, the Research Director in International Economics at the think tank Chatham House here in the UK and Bob McKee, chief economist at Independent Strategy, as they dissect the Spanish economy and the English pasty.

Can angry people change the course of economic history? Will protests halt cuts in Europe?

In the Balance asks whether angry people can change the course of economic history. Could protestors in Europe stop the cuts in public sector spending? Plus we look at how parents are increasingly having to provide homes for their grownup children - just when they thought they'd got rid of them...is the family the new welfare state? Colm O'Regan muses on the economic safety net the family provides.

Join Lesley Curwen and her guests, Nagore Calvo, herself from Spain and a lecturer in International Relations at Kings College London, Paola Subacchi, the Research Director in International Economics at the think tank Chatham House here in the UK and Bob McKee, chief economist at Independent Strategy, as they dissect the Spanish economy and the English pasty.

Can angry people change the course of economic history? Will protests halt cuts in Europe?

The Quest For Energy Security2013011920130120 (WS)

Is there such a thing as safe energy?

It's hard to imagine a world in which hydrocarbons DON'T play a central role in global economics. The attack on the gas installation in Algeria is a reminder of the risks we take to secure our energy sources. Manuela Saragosa and guests discuss the quest to make energy production safer and more efficient. And where will future energy supplies come from. BP's chief economist Christof Ruhl, chief energy analyst at Ecobank Rolake Akinkugbe and Malcolm Grimston, Associate Fellow: Energy, Environment and Resources at Chatham House look at how the world will satisfy growing energy demands in future. And comedian Colm O Regan looks at his own personal energy consumption habits and muses on why it's not easy being green.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

The Quest For Energy Security2013011920130120 (WS)

It's hard to imagine a world in which hydrocarbons DON'T play a central role in global economics. The attack on the gas installation in Algeria is a reminder of the risks we take to secure our energy sources. Manuela Saragosa and guests discuss the quest to make energy production safer and more efficient. And where will future energy supplies come from. BP's chief economist Christof Ruhl, chief energy analyst at Ecobank Rolake Akinkugbe and Malcolm Grimston, Associate Fellow: Energy, Environment and Resources at Chatham House look at how the world will satisfy growing energy demands in future. And comedian Colm O Regan looks at his own personal energy consumption habits and muses on why it's not easy being green.

Is there such a thing as safe energy?

The Race For Investment2012072820120729 (WS)

The clouds are gathering - again - over the economies of the developed world. Can the emerging nations come to the rescue? Or should we be looking for salvation from cutting edge industries? Perhaps events like the Olympics can give a confidence boost to get us out of the starting blocks.

This week In the Balance gets out of the studio and with Andrew Walker in the lead, reports from the Global Investment Conference in London.

Can emerging nations come to the rescue of the ailing economies of the developed world?

The Race For Investment2012072820120729 (WS)

The clouds are gathering - again - over the economies of the developed world. Can the emerging nations come to the rescue? Or should we be looking for salvation from cutting edge industries? Perhaps events like the Olympics can give a confidence boost to get us out of the starting blocks.

This week In the Balance gets out of the studio and with Andrew Walker in the lead, reports from the Global Investment Conference in London.

Can emerging nations come to the rescue of the ailing economies of the developed world?

The clouds are gathering - again - over the economies of the developed world. Can the emerging nations come to the rescue? Or should we be looking for salvation from cutting edge industries? Perhaps events like the Olympics can give a confidence boost to get us out of the starting blocks.

This week In the Balance gets out of the studio and with Andrew Walker in the lead, reports from the Global Investment Conference in London.

Can emerging nations come to the rescue of the ailing economies of the developed world?

The Risk Of Robo-traders2012081120120812 (WS)

Can automated share-trading threaten financial stability? Plus why corporate junkets work.

Can automated share-trading threaten financial stability? Lesley Curwen discusses the recent rescue of Knight Capital and other glitches and 'flash crashes' with Adam Sussman, Director of Research at the TABB Group, Philip Coggan, the Buttonwood columnist of The Economist and Professor Amar Bhide from Tufts University in the US.

Plus, as corporate entertainment reaches its high watermark with the Olympic Games, comedian Colm O'Regan looks at what's in it for the recipients and those, like him, who provide the entertainment.

The Risk Of Robo-traders2012081120120812 (WS)

Can automated share-trading threaten financial stability? Plus why corporate junkets work.

Can automated share-trading threaten financial stability? Plus why corporate junkets work.

Can automated share-trading threaten financial stability? Lesley Curwen discusses the recent rescue of Knight Capital and other glitches and 'flash crashes' with Adam Sussman, Director of Research at the TABB Group, Philip Coggan, the Buttonwood columnist of The Economist and Professor Amar Bhide from Tufts University in the US.

Plus, as corporate entertainment reaches its high watermark with the Olympic Games, comedian Colm O'Regan looks at what's in it for the recipients and those, like him, who provide the entertainment.

Can automated share-trading threaten financial stability? Plus why corporate junkets work.

Can automated share-trading threaten financial stability? Lesley Curwen discusses the recent rescue of Knight Capital and other glitches and 'flash crashes' with Adam Sussman, Director of Research at the TABB Group, Philip Coggan, the Buttonwood columnist of The Economist and Professor Amar Bhide from Tufts University in the US.

Plus, as corporate entertainment reaches its high watermark with the Olympic Games, comedian Colm O'Regan looks at what's in it for the recipients and those, like him, who provide the entertainment.

The Road to Brexit20160702

The Road to Brexit2016070220160703 (WS)

An American in Britain: investigating Brexit

The Road to Brexit20160702

As businesses and their employees get to grips with what Brexit might look like for them, Lizzie O Leary presents a special edition of In the Balance in conjunction with American Public Media's Marketplace programme. She hears from economists in the UK and in Ireland, as well as travelling to the North West of England to a part of the country where nearly 60 per cent of people voted to leave the European Union, even though the consequences of Brexit might cost some of their jobs.

Lizzie hears from pro-Brexit economist Andrew Lilico, Executive Director and Principal of Europe Economics, Chris Hare, an analyst at Investec, a bank and asset management company in London and Thomas Sampson, an economist at the London School of Economics and she's joined by Tony Foley, from Dublin City University.

For a deeper dive into the industries likely to be affected by Brexit, Lizzie talks to: Jeffries Briginshaw CEO, of the British American Business association, Professor David Bailey a car industry expert at Aston University in Birmingham, Gerard Grech the CEO of Tech City UK and in Berlin, Simon Schaefer, CEO and co-founder of Factory.

(Photo credit: European Union and USA flags GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

The Road To Brexit2016070220160703 (WS)

As businesses and their employees get to grips with what Brexit might look like for them, Lizzie O Leary presents a special edition of In the Balance in conjunction with American Public Media's Marketplace programme. She hears from economists in the UK and in Ireland, as well as travelling to the North West of England to a part of the country where nearly 60 per cent of people voted to leave the European Union, even though the consequences of Brexit might cost some of their jobs.

Lizzie hears from pro-Brexit economist Andrew Lilico, Executive Director and Principal of Europe Economics, Chris Hare, an analyst at Investec, a bank and asset management company in London and Thomas Sampson, an economist at the London School of Economics and she's joined by Tony Foley, from Dublin City University.

For a deeper dive into the industries likely to be affected by Brexit, Lizzie talks to: Jeffries Briginshaw CEO, of the British American Business association, Professor David Bailey a car industry expert at Aston University in Birmingham, Gerard Grech the CEO of Tech City UK and in Berlin, Simon Schaefer, CEO and co-founder of Factory.

(Photo credit: European Union and USA flags GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

An American in Britain: investigating Brexit

The Road to Brexit20160703

The Road to Brexit20160703

As businesses and their employees get to grips with what Brexit might look like for them, Lizzie O Leary presents a special edition of In the Balance in conjunction with American Public Media's Marketplace programme. She hears from economists in the UK and in Ireland, as well as travelling to the North West of England to a part of the country where nearly 60 per cent of people voted to leave the European Union, even though the consequences of Brexit might cost some of their jobs.

Lizzie hears from pro-Brexit economist Andrew Lilico, Executive Director and Principal of Europe Economics, Chris Hare, an analyst at Investec, a bank and asset management company in London and Thomas Sampson, an economist at the London School of Economics and she's joined by Tony Foley, from Dublin City University.

For a deeper dive into the industries likely to be affected by Brexit, Lizzie talks to: Jeffries Briginshaw CEO, of the British American Business association, Professor David Bailey a car industry expert at Aston University in Birmingham, Gerard Grech the CEO of Tech City UK and in Berlin, Simon Schaefer, CEO and co-founder of Factory.

(Photo: European Union and USA flags. Credit: GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

The Road To Brexit20160703

As businesses and their employees get to grips with what Brexit might look like for them, Lizzie O Leary presents a special edition of In the Balance in conjunction with American Public Media's Marketplace programme. She hears from economists in the UK and in Ireland, as well as travelling to the North West of England to a part of the country where nearly 60 per cent of people voted to leave the European Union, even though the consequences of Brexit might cost some of their jobs.

Lizzie hears from pro-Brexit economist Andrew Lilico, Executive Director and Principal of Europe Economics, Chris Hare, an analyst at Investec, a bank and asset management company in London and Thomas Sampson, an economist at the London School of Economics and she's joined by Tony Foley, from Dublin City University.

For a deeper dive into the industries likely to be affected by Brexit, Lizzie talks to: Jeffries Briginshaw CEO, of the British American Business association, Professor David Bailey a car industry expert at Aston University in Birmingham, Gerard Grech the CEO of Tech City UK and in Berlin, Simon Schaefer, CEO and co-founder of Factory.

(Photo: European Union and USA flags. Credit: GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

The Root Of All Good?2013042020130421 (WS)

Capitalism has lifted millions of people out of poverty - for that reason alone doesn't it make sense to embrace an economic system that creates much needed wealth? Or does capitalism represent an unhealthy love of money, which leads to an elite becoming very rich whilst vast swathes of society are excluded? Is capitalism the root of all good? Join Justin Rowlatt, Manuela Saragosa, Colm O'Regan and their guests: Giles Fraser, former Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral in London; Tariq El Diwany an ex-city trader turned expert in Islamic finance; Doug Richard a British-based Californian businessman who specialises in growing small hi-tech businesses; and Rachel Elnaugh, entrepreneur and business mentor for a special edition of In the Balance from the BBC's radio theatre.

The Root Of All Good?2013042020130421 (WS)

Justin Rowlatt and guests discuss capitalism in front of a lively audience.

Capitalism has lifted millions of people out of poverty - for that reason alone doesn't it make sense to embrace an economic system that creates much needed wealth? Or does capitalism represent an unhealthy love of money, which leads to an elite becoming very rich whilst vast swathes of society are excluded? Is capitalism the root of all good? Join Justin Rowlatt, Manuela Saragosa, Colm O'Regan and their guests: Giles Fraser, former Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral in London; Tariq El Diwany an ex-city trader turned expert in Islamic finance; Doug Richard a British-based Californian businessman who specialises in growing small hi-tech businesses; and Rachel Elnaugh, entrepreneur and business mentor for a special edition of In the Balance from the BBC's radio theatre.

The Secret Of Germany's Success2013092120130922 (WS)

Should the rest of Europe be more like Germany?

As German voters head to the polls to elect a new parliament, we ask whether the rest of Europe should be more like Germany? High exports, low unemployment and a hard-working population - is that the perfect recipe for economic success? Also, we ask Spaniards working in Germany how they see their host nation. Simon Jack is joined in Hamburg by Jens Assman from the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, journalist and social commentator, Silke Burmester, and in London, Huw Pill, chief Europe economist with Goldman Sachs.

The Secret Of Germany's Success2013092120130922 (WS)

Should the rest of Europe be more like Germany?

As German voters head to the polls to elect a new parliament, we ask whether the rest of Europe should be more like Germany? High exports, low unemployment and a hard-working population - is that the perfect recipe for economic success? Also, we ask Spaniards working in Germany how they see their host nation. Simon Jack is joined in Hamburg by Jens Assman from the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, journalist and social commentator, Silke Burmester, and in London, Huw Pill, chief Europe economist with Goldman Sachs.

The Spectre Of Debt2013100520131006 (WS)

How much does debt matter?

Later this month Republicans and Democrats need to agree to raise the limit on the amount of money the US can borrow. That's necessary not just to keep the American government running but also to ensure it can pay back its debts. But is the US government shutdown just a prelude of what's to come? And if the two sides can't agree, just what's at stake for the world economy? Our guests this week are Adair Turner, the former chairman of the UK's Financial Services Authority; Lucrezia Reichlin, Professor of Economics at the London Business School, and Linda Bilmes, Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Plus our resident comedian Colm O'Regan is just back from New York where he found people distinctly underwhelmed by the shutdown.

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on i...

The Business Daily team looks behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy

The Spectre Of Debt2013100520131006 (WS)

Later this month Republicans and Democrats need to agree to raise the limit on the amount of money the US can borrow. That's necessary not just to keep the American government running but also to ensure it can pay back its debts. But is the US government shutdown just a prelude of what's to come? And if the two sides can't agree, just what's at stake for the world economy? Our guests this week are Adair Turner, the former chairman of the UK's Financial Services Authority; Lucrezia Reichlin, Professor of Economics at the London Business School, and Linda Bilmes, Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Plus our resident comedian Colm O'Regan is just back from New York where he found people distinctly underwhelmed by the shutdown.

How much does debt matter?

Too Big To Adapt?2013090720130908 (WS)

Do innovation and individualism have a place in big corporations?

In the week that the electronics company Samsung unveiled its smartwatch, and Microsoft bought Nokia's mobile phone business, In the Balance looks at innovation. Do innovation and individualism have a place in big corporations, or are they, as someone once said, "as welcome as large meteors were to dinosaurs"?

Bob Collymore, CEO of Kenya's Safaricom, venture capitalist Simon Cook, and Warwick Business School's assistant professor of strategy, Ronald Klingebiel, discuss with Manuela Saragosa whether companies have to be small and nimble to stay ahead of their game. What does it take to foster creativity within an organisation?

And Colm O'Regan reports from Paris on the first leg of his grand tour. Will he succeed in reinventing himself?

Too Big To Adapt?2013090720130908 (WS)

In the week that the electronics company Samsung unveiled its smartwatch, and Microsoft bought Nokia's mobile phone business, In the Balance looks at innovation. Do innovation and individualism have a place in big corporations, or are they, as someone once said, "as welcome as large meteors were to dinosaurs"?

Bob Collymore, CEO of Kenya's Safaricom, venture capitalist Simon Cook, and Warwick Business School's assistant professor of strategy, Ronald Klingebiel, discuss with Manuela Saragosa whether companies have to be small and nimble to stay ahead of their game. What does it take to foster creativity within an organisation?

And Colm O'Regan reports from Paris on the first leg of his grand tour. Will he succeed in reinventing himself?

Do innovation and individualism have a place in big corporations?

Trust In Me?2013021620130217 (WS)

The consumer is hurting - can he or she ever trust a company again? First they were let down by banks selling rubbish financial products. Now in Europe they find they've been buying cheap horsmeat when they were paying for beef. Our panel of guests plays agony aunt and examines the damaged relationship between consumers and corporates. Can it be salvaged? And why is it we trust companies in the first place? Join Manuela Saragosa and her guests: Mark Goyder of Tomorrow's Company, former PR man Robert Phillips, now a professor at Cass Business School, and in Oslo, Unni Kjaernes, Head of Research at the National Institute for Consumer Research. And from Dublin Colm O'Regan considers the sub-prime burger and our part in its creation.

The consumer is hurting - can he or she ever trust a bank, company or corporation again?

UK Votes to Leave EU20160625

UK Votes to Leave EU2016062520160626 (WS)

What are the implications for the future of the single market?

UK Votes to Leave EU20160625

What does the UK's decision to leave the European Union mean for the future of the single market?

Economists talk of sustained market turbulence, devaluations and an imminent recession, but will it be Britain or the EU suffering the worst effects long-term?

And as eurosceptic political parties across the continent are buoyed by the UK's vote and call for their own referendums, what must the EU project itself do to survive?

Ed Butler is joined by three guests from across the EU: Damien Lempereur from Debout La France, a political party which wants a French exit from the EU; Jens Zimmerman, a member of Germany's Social Democratic Party and part of Angela Merkel's coalition government; and Swati Dhingra, from the London School of Economics.

(Picture: A torn European Union flag. Credit: Christopher Furlong, Getty Images)

Uk Votes To Leave Eu2016062520160626 (WS)

What does the UK's decision to leave the European Union mean for the future of the single market?

Economists talk of sustained market turbulence, devaluations and an imminent recession, but will it be Britain or the EU suffering the worst effects long-term?

And as eurosceptic political parties across the continent are buoyed by the UK's vote and call for their own referendums, what must the EU project itself do to survive?

Ed Butler is joined by three guests from across the EU: Damien Lempereur from Debout La France, a political party which wants a French exit from the EU; Jens Zimmerman, a member of Germany's Social Democratic Party and part of Angela Merkel's coalition government; and Swati Dhingra, from the London School of Economics.

(Picture: A torn European Union flag. Credit: Christopher Furlong, Getty Images)

What are the implications for the future of the single market?

Universal Basic Income: Has its Time Come?20161119

Universal Basic Income: Has its Time Come?2016111920161120 (WS)

It is an idea that has been around for hundreds of years - to give everyone in society a regular chunk of money that is enough to guarantee them a minimum survivable standard of living. Often called Universal or Unconditional Basic Income, the idea has supporters on both right and left. It was cast back into the spotlight this year when the Swiss held a referendum on whether to introduce it. Pilot schemes to test the idea are cropping up everywhere from Finland to the Netherlands to the US and Kenya. One reason it is gathering such momentum is concern over new technologies eliminating many low-end jobs. Last week the founder of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk said the impact of automation on the job market meant that some form of Universal Basic Income would become inevitable.

But not everyone agrees a Basic Income is inevitable, or even desirable, and for those who do support the idea, there is disagreement over almost every aspect of how it should be implemented. To what extent could it replace the Welfare State? Would it incentivise people to work? Can people be trusted to spend the money wisely? And how could it be funded?

The BBC's Ed Butler is joined by a panel of four - professor Louise Haagh, reader of Politics at the University of York and the co-chair of the Basic Income Earth Network; Michael Tanner, senior fellow of the CATO Institute in Washington DC; Michael Faye, co-founder of Give Directly, which is piloting its own Universal Income project in Kenya; and professor Ian Gough of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics.

(Photo: Giant campaign poster in Plainpalais Place, Geneva, 2016 saying: What would you do if your income was taken care of? Credit: AFP/ Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Images)

Universal Basic Income: Has Its Time Come?2016111920161120 (WS)

Should the state give a basic wage to everyone with no strings attached?

It is an idea that has been around for hundreds of years - to give everyone in society a regular chunk of money that is enough to guarantee them a minimum survivable standard of living. Often called Universal or Unconditional Basic Income, the idea has supporters on both right and left. It was cast back into the spotlight this year when the Swiss held a referendum on whether to introduce it. Pilot schemes to test the idea are cropping up everywhere from Finland to the Netherlands to the US and Kenya. One reason it is gathering such momentum is concern over new technologies eliminating many low-end jobs. Last week the founder of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk said the impact of automation on the job market meant that some form of Universal Basic Income would become inevitable.

But not everyone agrees a Basic Income is inevitable, or even desirable, and for those who do support the idea, there is disagreement over almost every aspect of how it should be implemented. To what extent could it replace the Welfare State? Would it incentivise people to work? Can people be trusted to spend the money wisely? And how could it be funded?

The BBC's Ed Butler is joined by a panel of four - professor Louise Haagh, reader of Politics at the University of York and the co-chair of the Basic Income Earth Network; Michael Tanner, senior fellow of the CATO Institute in Washington DC; Michael Faye, co-founder of Give Directly, which is piloting its own Universal Income project in Kenya; and professor Ian Gough of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics.

(Photo: Giant campaign poster in Plainpalais Place, Geneva, 2016 saying: What would you do if your income was taken care of? Credit: AFP/ Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Images)

Universal Basic Income: Has its Time Come?2016111920161120 (WS)

Should the state give a basic wage to everyone with no strings attached?

What a Year It Was...20151226

What a Year It Was...2015122620151227 (WS)

What were the highs and lows of 2015, for business, the global economy and our pockets?

What a Year It Was...20151226

What will this year's momentous events mean for the pockets of us all, going forward? A look back at the highs and lows of the global economy and the business world in 2015 with Gillian Tett of the FT, Eric Chaney of Axa insurance group and Indira Rajaraman former member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of India. Presented by Ed Butler (Photo: People look at fireworks during a New Year Celebration in Manila. Credit: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)

What A Year It Was...2015122620151227 (WS)

What will this year's momentous events mean for the pockets of us all, going forward? A look back at the highs and lows of the global economy and the business world in 2015 with Gillian Tett of the FT, Eric Chaney of Axa insurance group and Indira Rajaraman former member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of India. Presented by Ed Butler (Photo: People look at fireworks during a New Year Celebration in Manila. Credit: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)

What were the highs and lows of 2015, for business, the global economy and our pockets?

What China Means to the USA20151003

What China Means to the USA2015100320151004 (WS)

How important is the Chinese economy for US economic policies such as interest rates?

What China Means to the USA20151003

When the US sneezes we all catch a cold - we know that. But do we now need keep an equally close check on China's health? Nowhere was that question more evident than in the decision made last month by US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to keep interest rates on hold against market expectation, a decision which she put down to uncertainty in the 'outlook abroad'. So are we entering a new era, when US economic decisions are based on what is happening in China? And what does this tell us about the balance of power between the world's first and second largest economies?

Simon Jack is in New York to meet with a group of financial experts who are keeping a close watch on what is happening both in the USA and China and who offer their own analysis of what we can expect from the crucial year ahead, as both economies get ready to manage lower global growth and the gradual climb in the cost of borrowing. What do these developments mean for us all?

(Photo: Janet Yellen holds a news conference on Federal interest rate decision, 2015. Credit: Getty Images)

What China Means To The Usa2015100320151004 (WS)

When the US sneezes we all catch a cold - we know that. But do we now need keep an equally close check on China's health? Nowhere was that question more evident than in the decision made last month by US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to keep interest rates on hold against market expectation, a decision which she put down to uncertainty in the 'outlook abroad'. So are we entering a new era, when US economic decisions are based on what is happening in China? And what does this tell us about the balance of power between the world's first and second largest economies?

Simon Jack is in New York to meet with a group of financial experts who are keeping a close watch on what is happening both in the USA and China and who offer their own analysis of what we can expect from the crucial year ahead, as both economies get ready to manage lower global growth and the gradual climb in the cost of borrowing. What do these developments mean for us all?

(Photo: Janet Yellen holds a news conference on Federal interest rate decision, 2015. Credit: Getty Images)

How important is the Chinese economy for US economic policies such as interest rates?

What Do Foreign Workers Do For The Netherlands?2017031120170312 (WS)

How does the city of Eindhoven integrate its many international workers?

As the Netherlands heads to the polls for what has been one of the most contentious elections for years, In the Balance is in the tech city of Eindhoven, home to a high concentration of international workers. Ten percent of the city's workforce comes from abroad, so will any of that change after the election with anti-immigration, anti-EU politicians like Geert Wilders predicted to do well? Manuela Saragosa visits one of the Netherlands' biggest tech companies, ASML, and hears from international workers and the local Dutch population about how Eindhoven absorbs so many foreign workers every year.

(Picture: ASML campus, VELDHOVEN, the Netherlands. Credit: ASML)

What Now For The Euro?2013030220130303 (WS)

Does the inconclusive result in Italy mean the euro crisis has come back to bite us?

Andrew Walker and his guests discuss the aftermath of the Italian election. What does the inconclusive result mean for the future of the eurozone? More integration or disintegration? And

Colm O'Regan muses on whether comedians make good politicians. What lessons can we draw from the electoral success of a former comedian, Beppe Grillo? Perhaps all politicians would benefit from being able to tell a good joke.

Andrew's joined from Rome by Professor Luigi Guiso of the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance; from Brussels studio by Guntram Wolff, Deputy Director of the Bruegel think tank, And in the studio in London by Brigitte Granville, professor of International Economics and Economic Policy at the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary, University of London.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi...

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

What Now For The Euro?2013030220130303 (WS)

Does the inconclusive result in Italy mean the euro crisis has come back to bite us?

Andrew Walker and his guests discuss the aftermath of the Italian election. What does the inconclusive result mean for the future of the eurozone? More integration or disintegration? And

Colm O'Regan muses on whether comedians make good politicians. What lessons can we draw from the electoral success of a former comedian, Beppe Grillo? Perhaps all politicians would benefit from being able to tell a good joke.

Andrew's joined from Rome by Professor Luigi Guiso of the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance; from Brussels studio by Guntram Wolff, Deputy Director of the Bruegel think tank, And in the studio in London by Brigitte Granville, professor of International Economics and Economic Policy at the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary, University of London.

Who'd be a Banker?20160619

Who'd be a Banker?20160619

Reputations in tatters, bonuses capped, jobs lost - has a banking career lost its appeal?

Who'd be a Banker?20160619

The world's biggest banks were once a by-word for power, authority, and enormous wealth. Nowadays for some of us, in the wake of the financial crisis, they are a symbol of corporate greed, brutal working hours, and mismanagement.

Many of them are shedding tens of thousands of jobs, and have been forced to water down pay and bonuses as part of an increasing tide of regulation. Some observers say that's resulted in a 'brain drain' from financial services, as a growing number of graduates are lured instead to Silicon Valley and the appeal of flexible hours and often greater financial reward.

But is this talent shift exaggerated? Earlier this month Goldman Sachs said it had received more than a quarter of a million applications from students and graduates for jobs this summer, a jump of 40% since 2012. So why do so many still want to join the investment banking ranks?

Max Kaupp-Roberts, aged 23, tells Ed Butler why he joined Goldman Sachs' London office but quit after less than two years. They are joined by another two former investment bankers: Alexandra Michel, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, who's been researching banking culture for more than a decade; and Christian Dummett, head of finance programme careers at London Business School.

(Picture: Anti-bank protesters in Germany. Credit: Thomas Lohnes, Getty Images)

Who'd Be A Banker?20160619

The world's biggest banks were once a by-word for power, authority, and enormous wealth. Nowadays for some of us, in the wake of the financial crisis, they are a symbol of corporate greed, brutal working hours, and mismanagement.

Many of them are shedding tens of thousands of jobs, and have been forced to water down pay and bonuses as part of an increasing tide of regulation. Some observers say that's resulted in a 'brain drain' from financial services, as a growing number of graduates are lured instead to Silicon Valley and the appeal of flexible hours and often greater financial reward.

But is this talent shift exaggerated? Earlier this month Goldman Sachs said it had received more than a quarter of a million applications from students and graduates for jobs this summer, a jump of 40% since 2012. So why do so many still want to join the investment banking ranks?

Max Kaupp-Roberts, aged 23, tells Ed Butler why he joined Goldman Sachs' London office but quit after less than two years. They are joined by another two former investment bankers: Alexandra Michel, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, who's been researching banking culture for more than a decade; and Christian Dummett, head of finance programme careers at London Business School.

(Picture: Anti-bank protesters in Germany. Credit: Thomas Lohnes, Getty Images)

Reputations in tatters, bonuses capped, jobs lost - has a banking career lost its appeal?

Wikipedia: The future of learning?20140809

Wikipedia: The future of learning?20140809

This week’s In the Balance considers the transformations that have swept through the world of learning since Wikipedia became the first stop for a whole generation of learners with questions.

We're asking today just what Wikipedia - and the rise of the internet - has meant for the way we learn and teach. The Co-Founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales will be in discussion to help us answer this question and more.

Also with us is Prof. Diana Strassman, Economist at Rice University and Chair of The Wiki Education Foundation; David White, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of the Arts here in London; And Eliane Glaser, Senior lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University and author of ‘Get Real: How to see through the hype, spin and lies of modern life’.

And once we’ve covered bringing the internet into classrooms and we’ll speak to Professor Sugata Mitra, an Indian Educationalist who won international acclaim for taking it straight to the streets

Wikipedia: The future of learning?20140809

We consider the future of learning with Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales

Wikipedia: The Future Of Learning?2014080920140810 (WS)

We consider the future of learning with Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales

This week’s In the Balance considers the transformations that have swept through the world of learning since Wikipedia became the first stop for a whole generation of learners with questions.

We're asking today just what Wikipedia - and the rise of the internet - has meant for the way we learn and teach. The Co-Founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales will be in discussion to help us answer this question and more.

Also with us is Prof. Diana Strassman, Economist at Rice University and Chair of The Wiki Education Foundation; David White, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of the Arts here in London; And Eliane Glaser, Senior lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University and author of ‘Get Real: How to see through the hype, spin and lies of modern life’.

And once we’ve covered bringing the internet into classrooms and we’ll speak to Professor Sugata Mitra, an Indian Educationalist who won international acclaim for taking it straight to the streets

Wikipedia: The future of learning?2014080920140810 (WS)

We consider the future of learning with Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales

Women And Tech2013101920131020 (WS)

The new business empires of the world are in tech, so why are so few women involved?

The great new business empires of the world are in technology, that's also where the world's biggest fortunes are being made, so why are so few women involved? Is it, as a former US Treasury secretary once suggested, because of the lack of availability of aptitude at the high end? Justin Rowlatt is joined by Sherry Coutu, Angel Investor and a leader of Founders4Schools, Sireesha Jajala of Indian tech giant, Techmahindra, and Daire Hickey, one of the founders of the Dublin Web Summit, to debate gender and technology. And resident commentator, Colm O'Regan, reveals who his role models are and why they're important.

Women And Tech20131019

The new business empires of the world are in tech, so why are so few women involved?

The great new business empires of the world are in technology, that's also where the world's biggest fortunes are being made, so why are so few women involved? Is it, as a former US Treasury secretary once suggested, because of the lack of availability of aptitude at the high end? Justin Rowlatt is joined by Sherry Coutu, Angel Investor and a leader of Founders4Schools, Sireesha Jajala of Indian tech giant, Techmahindra, and Daire Hickey, one of the founders of the Dublin Web Summit, to debate gender and technology. And resident commentator, Colm O'Regan, reveals who his role models are and why they're important.

Women And Tech2013101920131020 (WS)

The new business empires of the world are in tech, so why are so few women involved?

The great new business empires of the world are in technology, that's also where the world's biggest fortunes are being made, so why are so few women involved? Is it, as a former US Treasury secretary once suggested, because of the lack of availability of aptitude at the high end? Justin Rowlatt is joined by Sherry Coutu, Angel Investor and a leader of Founders4Schools, Sireesha Jajala of Indian tech giant, Techmahindra, and Daire Hickey, one of the founders of the Dublin Web Summit, to debate gender and technology. And resident commentator, Colm O'Regan, reveals who his role models are and why they're important.

Women And Tech2013101920131020 (WS)

The new business empires of the world are in tech, so why are so few women involved?

Workers' Rights: A Race To The Bottom?20160724

Workers' Rights: A Race To The Bottom?20160724

Are the rights of the world's workers being eroded too far in the pursuit of economic growth?

France has been plunged into sometimes violent industrial unrest so far this year as the government attempts to push through changes to restrict collective bargaining and make it easier for bosses to fire workers. It says the new rules are needed to stimulate business - a view shared by powerful economic forces like the IMF. But do labour reforms always bring greater prosperity? Or do they leave workers vulnerable to profit-hungry corporations, and increase inequality?

Is there a middle way between workers' rights and good business? Ed Butler is joined by Raymond Torres, director of research at the International Labour Organisation, Zoe Lanara, head of international relations at the Greek General Confederation of Labour, and Dan Mitchell, an economist with the Cato Institute in Washington.

(Photo: French CGT union members protesting in Marseilles. Credit: Boris Horvat, Getty Images)

Workers' Rights: A Race To The Bottom?20160724

Have efforts to make business more competitive gone too far in restricting worker rights?

Workers' Rights: A Race To The Bottom?20160724

Have efforts to make business more competitive gone too far in restricting worker rights?

Are the rights of the world's workers being eroded too far in the pursuit of economic growth?

France has been plunged into sometimes violent industrial unrest so far this year as the government attempts to push through changes to restrict collective bargaining and make it easier for bosses to fire workers. It says the new rules are needed to stimulate business - a view shared by powerful economic forces like the IMF. But do labour reforms always bring greater prosperity? Or do they leave workers vulnerable to profit-hungry corporations, and increase inequality?

Is there a middle way between workers' rights and good business? Ed Butler is joined by Raymond Torres, director of research at the International Labour Organisation, Zoe Lanara, head of international relations at the Greek General Confederation of Labour, and Dan Mitchell, an economist with the Cato Institute in Washington.

(Photo: French CGT union members protesting in Marseilles. Credit: Boris Horvat, Getty Images)

You, Your Career and the Future20160123

You, Your Career and the Future2016012320160124 (WS)

As our workplaces rapidly evolve what is the best way to stay ahead in our careers?

You, Your Career and the Future20160123

Whether or not you work for yourself, a small company or a huge organisation, all of us are facing workplaces that are changing with a speed that can feel hard to keep up with. The skills-sets required of us are changing rapidly, the networks we are expected to be part of are many, complex and at times baffling. The remit of our work - and the results expected of us - may also seem to shift at a pace which can feel hard to follow.

So we bring you some fresh thinking on what you may need to do to keep ahead of the pack in an increasingly competitive and demanding globalised workplace? We speak to the author Farai Chideya - her book The Episodic Career comes out later this month. We also have world renowned financial guru and a man who has built his own career on adapting to the jobs market around him Alvin Hall and last but not least Ari Wallach CEO of the strategy and innovation consultancy firm Synthesis Corporation. Presented by Ed Butler.

(Photo: A department store employee poses with humanoid. Credit: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images)

You, Your Career And The Future2016012320160124 (WS)

Whether or not you work for yourself, a small company or a huge organisation, all of us are facing workplaces that are changing with a speed that can feel hard to keep up with. The skills-sets required of us are changing rapidly, the networks we are expected to be part of are many, complex and at times baffling. The remit of our work - and the results expected of us - may also seem to shift at a pace which can feel hard to follow.

So we bring you some fresh thinking on what you may need to do to keep ahead of the pack in an increasingly competitive and demanding globalised workplace? We speak to the author Farai Chideya - her book The Episodic Career comes out later this month. We also have world renowned financial guru and a man who has built his own career on adapting to the jobs market around him Alvin Hall and last but not least Ari Wallach CEO of the strategy and innovation consultancy firm Synthesis Corporation. Presented by Ed Butler.

(Photo: A department store employee poses with humanoid. Credit: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images)

As our workplaces rapidly evolve what is the best way to stay ahead in our careers?