28 Facts About The Economist


The Economist is a British weekly newspaper printed in demitab format and published digitally that focuses on current affairs, international business, politics, technology, and culture.

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Editorial stance of The Economist primarily revolves around classical, social, and most notably economic liberalism.

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The Economist was founded by the British businessman and banker James Wilson in 1843, to advance the repeal of the Corn Laws, a system of import tariffs.

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The Economist wrote: "the London Economist, the European organ of the aristocracy of finance, described most strikingly the attitude of this class.

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In 1971, The Economist changed its broadsheet format into a magazine-style perfect-bound formatting.

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In January 2012, The Economist launched a new weekly section devoted exclusively to China, the first new country section since the introduction of one on the United States in 1942.

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In 1991, James Fallows argued in The Washington Post that The Economist used editorial lines that contradicted the news stories they purported to highlight.

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In 2012, The Economist was accused of hacking into the computer of Justice Mohammed Nizamul Huq of the Bangladesh Supreme Court, leading to his resignation as the chairman of the International Crimes Tribunal.

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The Economist Newspaper Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Economist Group.

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Editor-in-chief, commonly known simply as "the Editor", of The Economist is charged with formulating the paper's editorial policies and overseeing corporate operations.

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The Economist is known for its extensive use of word play, including puns, allusions, and metaphors, as well as alliteration and assonance, especially in its headlines and captions.

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The Economist has traditionally and historically persisted in referring to itself as a "newspaper", rather than a "news magazine" due to its mostly cosmetic switch from broadsheet to perfect-binding format and its general focus on current affairs as opposed to specialist subjects.

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The audio version of The Economist is produced by the production company Talking Issues.

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The Economist frequently receives letters from its readership in response to the previous week's edition.

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Every three months, The Economist publishes a technology report called Technology Quarterly, or simply, TQ, a special section focusing on recent trends and developments in science and technology.

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In September 2007, The Economist launched a sister lifestyle magazine under the title Intelligent Life as a quarterly publication.

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Approximately ten years later, in March 2016, the newspaper's parent company, The Economist Group, rebranded the lifestyle magazine as 1843, in honor of the paper's founding year.

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In 1999, The Economist organised a global futurist writing competition, The World in 2050.

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The Economist told their readers throughout the 2000s that the paper's editors had "developed a taste for data-driven stories".

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The Economist publishes a variety of rankings seeking to position business schools and undergraduate universities among each other, respectively.

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Editorial stance of The Economist primarily revolves around classical, social, and most notably, economic liberalism.

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The Economist has endorsed the Labour Party, the Conservative Party (in 2010 and 2015), and the Liberal Democrats (in 2017 and 2019) at general election time in Britain, and both Republican and Democratic candidates in the United States.

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The Economist considers itself the enemy of privilege, pomposity and predictability.

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In 2008, The Economist commented that Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the president of Argentina at the time was "Dashing hopes of change, Argentina's new president is leading her country into economic peril and social conflict".

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The Economist called for Bill Clinton's impeachment and, after the emergence of the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse, for Donald Rumsfeld's resignation.

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The Economist has sales, both by subscription and at newsagents, in over 200 countries.

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Sections of The Economist criticising authoritarian regimes are frequently removed from the paper by the authorities in those countries.

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On 19 August 2013, The Economist disclosed that the Missouri Department of Corrections had censored its issue of 29 June 2013.

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