Has government hurt education exports?
One of the UK's great global competitive strengths is in education, which contributes around £10bn a year in export earnings.
Which is useful at a time when the gap between our earnings from the rest of the world, and what we pay to the rest of the world, has been widening.
So it may be mildly concerning that the number of overseas entrants to British higher education declined in 2012-13 - which is the first numerical fall in 29 years (back in 1983-1984, there were fewer than 50,000 foreigners registered in full-time education in English universities, compared with more than 300,000 today).
Between 2010-11 and 2012-13, there was a fall of 1000 - or 1% - in the number of international entrants to full-time post-graduate programmes, compared with double-digit annual growth for years and years.
The change is statistically significant.
Will proper pay rises soon be affordable?
Ask any economist (ie, not me - don't ever forget I am a hack) and they'll say it is impossible to have any meaningful improvement in living standards without any improvement in productivity.
Which is why it has been slightly nerve-wracking, after all those years that we've been getting poorer, that the recent economic recovery has been accompanied by only the smallest improvements in output per hour worked or output per worker.
UK's recovery not debt-fuelled
The publication of the 2013 national accounts contained a number of positives, not least of which was an upward revision to exports, and confirmation that business investment is recovering.
Or, to put it another way, although the belated escape of the UK economy from the long years of stagnation has been too dependent, many would say, on growth in consumer spending (in the traditional British way), the recovery is not as unbalanced as some have feared.
When will the UK pay its way?
If the priority for the UK is to reduce its indebtedness - public and private sector debts - then today's balance of payments stats are not cheery.
They show the UK was a net borrower from the rest of the world of £65.7bn last year, up from £55.4bn in 2012.
In Ukraine: IMF Mr Nice or Nasty?
Is tough love from the West the right economic prescription for Ukraine, as the Russian bear consumes the Crimea and appears to be salivating over the prospect of consuming rather more of that turbulent country?
Or should the International Monetary Fund and other sovereign creditors be a little less insistent that Ukrainians should put on hairshirts as a condition of receiving vital official loans?
The energy company blancmange
Normally, when a company announces a price freeze and a cut in the profit margin it earns - which sounds like the declaration of a price war - the share price of that company falls.
That is what happened, for example, to the share price of Morrisons, the supermarket group, when it made just such a declaration.