February 15, 2014 8:00 PM

Downtonomics: Fictional estate's troubles echo in modern world

The soap opera characters of Downton Abby are wrestling not only with their emotions, but also with basic Downtonomics: the threat and promise of technological change, burden of inheritance taxes, foreign investment, danger of speculation, need for retirement planning, virtue of investing for growth and inadequacies of the social safety net.

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