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Skyscraper economics

Duration:
18 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 12 June 2012

Are tall buildings a harbinger of global recession?

We talk to Andrew Lawrence from Barclays, whose Skyscraper Index shows how the completion a new world's tallest building is often followed by a global slowdown.

Lesley Curwen visits London's own record breaker, the soon to be completed Shard, with William Murray of Wordsearch, a marketing agency for tall buildings.

And from Italy, the BBC's Alan Johnston reports on how Italy is dealing with its debt crisis.

(Image: The Shard is a new feature on London's skyline. Credit: Jeff Overs / BBC)

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