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The US says up to 300 billion dollars of commercial intellectual property is stolen by Chinese firms every year. A British Minister now tells us things are improving. Who's right? And separately, we hear from Lucy Kellaway on what she believes is the billions wasted every year by companies on their sales ...
What's the point of economic forecasts? A recent IMF report revealed the shocking extent to which economists generally failed to predict any of the recessions of 2009. Do we set too much store by predictions? Or have we simply got the wrong idea about what they're for? Tim Harford, author of The Undercover ...
The Business of Breakfast: A bowl of corn flakes used to be standard fare in western economies, helping drive a cereal industry worth an estimated $10bn a year in the US. But sales of cereal are in steady decline while high protein alternatives such as eggs and bacon are increasingly popular. We have ...
African states have been bitten by the savings bug: Nigeria, Ghana and Angola, among others, have set up sovereign wealth funds. But who ensures they are well-managed? And the BBC's Rahul Tandon explains the economics that link fish prices and football in Calcutta.
You'll need to don your safety gloves for this week's edition of Elemental Business because we are handling plutonium, the chemical anti-hero which has killed tens of thousands and threatened the lives of millions more. We consider the past and future of this potent chemical element.
Some 50 billion dollars of tobacco is smuggled worldwide annually: a cost to taxpayers, and a health risk to consumers. But is high taxation itself the problem? We hear from Austin Rowan, adviser to the EU Office de Lute Anti-Fraude (OLAF) which coordinates the European Commission's fight against the ...
Sterling and markets fall on fears of a "Yes" vote in Scotland's Independence Referendum, and one of Britain's more successful novelists explains "How to Speak Money". And from Germany, we hear how people are feeling after recent figures suggest that Europe's financial powerhouse could be approaching ...
In just over a week Scotland will go to the polls to decide whether it will become an independent nation.

This programme discusses the economics of independence. What makes a strong independent nation and what lessons can be learnt from succession movements around the world?

Justin Rowlatt speaks ...
With Scotland's independence vote on 18 September Justin Rowlatt travels to Aberdeen to test the waters among the business community.
Much of Scotland's economy is still tied to North Sea oil and gas, and Justin hears from oil rig workers, the head of engineering firm Wood Group and a geologist among ...
With the eurozone economy in trouble, will the European Central Bank introduce quantitative easing - buying up debt to breathe new life into the economy? Jan Randolph of IHS explains why German ECB board members oppose the idea.
Also in the programme, graffiti: We visit the sutdios of artist Stik, and ...
Ever wondered what the computers of the future might look like? We head to California to find out. Is it possible to build a monkey brain out of silicon? Researchers at IBM are exploring the possibilities. And we go on an atomic-scale adventure with research scientist Chris Lutz, who explains his plans ...
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has raised market expectation that more funds will be pumped into the Eurozone economies, but will he deliver? Plus busy bees - why the shrinking population of one of our favourite insects could raise the cost of putting a meal on the table? And the trouble ...
The conflict in Ukraine is intensifying and the European Union is preparing a new wave of sanctions against Russia, but what leverage does it have left? And is President Putin listening anyway? Also, appetite for complicated money instruments is on the rise again which are similar to those that lay at ...
Drugs companies and governments have got together to fast track development of a vaccine for Ebola. 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 ...
Climate Change: Why President Obama wants to forge a voluntary international global warming agreement, rather than a legally-binding one, to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
After MH370 and MH17, what does the history of aeroplane disasters tell us about Malaysia Airlines' commercial prospects? Manuela Saragosa speaks to an airline safety expert. Also, in a lighter vein, flip-flops and economics, plus India and soap operas.
Sweden is famed for its welfare state. But the country's social model has its critics, as Manuela Saragosa finds out in Stockholm. She hears how some people think too much equality is a bad thing, while at a soup kitchen, she sees how there’s still plenty of poverty. All that plus Swedish style – and stress.
Norway is an oil producer famed for fish, Grieg and high living standards. So how did it avoid the "resources curse" - that is, spiralling inflation afflicting many petro-economies that spend their oil wealth on themselves? Manuela Saragosa travels to Bergen in the first of two programmes looking at ...
How much do traffic jams cost an economy? From the road-enraged of Calcutta to the rain-soaked of Tunisia, we discover the true cost of congestion.
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 9 and a half billion people that the UN says will be on the planet by 2050? And if so, which technologies will ...
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