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After writing a weekly economics column in this newspaper for a decade or so, along with a fair few elsewhere, I can now finally say I’ve made it. Why? Because, as I only lately discovered, some paragraphs from one of my Sunday Telegraph offerings appeared in a recent economics A-level examination.

“The UK is locked in the most feeble economic recovery in our history,” this column argued back in mid-2013. “Real wages continue to decline … and there’s been little sign of any ‘rebalancing’ away from consumption and towards exports”. Having read this quotation on their exam paper, along with a few more of my choice words, A-level candidates were then asked to “evaluate Mr Halligan’s analysis”, providing evidence to support their views.

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