Understand: The Economy

Understand: The Economy

BBC Radio 4

From inflation to GDP, from the stock exchange to bonds, Tim Harford goes back to basics to explain the terms we hear every day, and what they mean for you.

Categories: Business

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The rising cost of living really brought home how those big, global economic shocks can mean some pretty bad bumps for our individual finances. Probably the most obvious, immediate and, painful way that global economic events hit our household budgets is through the price of energy. In 2022 we saw our bills almost double - causing the government to step in and guarantee energy prices, with the Treasury picking up the rest of the tab. Even with that support, many people are struggling and we’re all paying a bit more attention to our bills. How does the market for energy work? Exactly what are we paying for, who sets the prices and why are our bills so much higher? And where did it all begin: economic historian Dr Victoria Bateman gives us a brief history of the National Grid. Everything you need to know about the economy and what it means for you. This podcast will cut through the jargon to bring you clarity and ensure you finally understand all those complicated terms and phrases you hear on the news such as Inflation, GDP, National Debt, energy markets and more. We’ll ensure you understand what’s going on today, why your shopping is getting more expensive or why your pay doesn’t cover your bills. Guest: Mike Waterson, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick Producer: Louise Clarke-Rowbotham Researcher: Beth Ashmead-Latham Technical Producer: Nicky Edwards Editor: Clare Fordham Theme music: Don’t Fret, Beats Fresh Music A BBC Long Form Audio Production for BBC Radio 4

Previous episodes

  • 16 - Economy: 15. Energy market 
    Mon, 30 Jan 2023
  • 15 - The Economy: 14. Bankruptcy and insolvency 
    Mon, 30 Jan 2023
  • 14 - The Economy: 13. National Debt 
    Mon, 30 Jan 2023
  • 13 - The Economy 12. Credit 
    Mon, 30 Jan 2023
  • 12 - The Economy: 11. Pricing and discounting 
    Mon, 30 Jan 2023
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