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Diego Zuluaga Laguna
13 May 2015
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Last Friday, a colleague and I attended a conference on the plans for a Capital Markets Union in Brussels. I decided to order an Uber to take us to the airport afterwards, because it cost only about...
Mikko Arevuo
12 May 2015
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The economic impact of higher top tax rates was one of the more contentious themes of the recent general election. The advocates of higher marginal tax rates for top earners dismissed the idea that...
Kristian Niemietz
11 May 2015
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The Economist, 11 April 2020 With the 2020 General Election less than four weeks away, this special edition and the next two will provide some in-depth analysis of what we think this government got...
David Starkie
8 May 2015
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The 2015 election campaign offered the electorate a choice of policies on HS2: The two major parties, plus the Lib Dems supported the project, the Green Party and UKIP opposed it. But it was a case...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
7 May 2015
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In the ongoing negotiations for a free trade pact between the EU and the US, the question of investment protection, and in particular the infamous investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clause,...
Serena Sileoni
6 May 2015
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In his book The Antitrust Paradox, Robert H. Bork recalls a lawyer’s quip which compared antitrust authorities to the sheriff of a rowdy Western frontier town: The sheriff does not always have...
Christopher Snowdon
5 May 2015
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It is around about this time in the electoral cycle that free market economists and libertarians start talking about their rational decision not to vote. Sam Bowman of the Adam Smith Institute set...
Philip Booth and Alberto Mingardi
1 May 2015
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The anti-trust authorities are continuing to try to police the high tech markets. But are they up to the job? The new investigation opened by the European Commission into Google’s market...
Philip Booth
30 April 2015
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What is striking about Paul Krugman’s recent article in the Guardian criticising the British ‘austerity culture’ is the complete lack of curiosity about the varied and very distinct...
Kristian Niemietz
29 April 2015
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When the action movie ‘Thor’ and its sequel were shown in cinemas, the media often referred to its protagonist as a ‘Viking God’ or an ‘ancient Scandinavian God’....
Ryan Bourne
28 April 2015
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Which school of economic thought has been vindicated by the macroeconomic performance of the UK over the past five years? Given that economists, historians and politicians are still busy analysing...
Victor Chukwuemeka
27 April 2015
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In the run up to the election, the Labour Party has addressed the most critical problem facing the ‘lost generation’, i.e. Britain’s young cohorts. Milliband has reaffirmed that...
Christopher Snowdon
24 April 2015
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Barack Obama is said to have described inequality as the 'defining challenge of our time' and Ed Miliband has made it a central theme of his election campaign. But what form of inequality do...
Christopher Snowdon
23 April 2015
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Income inequality is usually measured by the Gini coefficient. The Gini goes from 0 to 100, with 0 representing total equality (everybody having exactly the same income) and 100 representing total...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
22 April 2015
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Ever since the new European Commission took over at the end of last year, TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) has been the talk of the town in Brussels. Like Jean-Claude...
Andrew Lilico
21 April 2015
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Simon Wren-Lewis, a professor at Oxford and an active blogger, is a long-standing opponent of the Coalition’s economic strategy.  He is currently running a series of blogs on what he terms...
Christopher J. Coyne and Rachel L. Coyne
21 April 2015
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In mid-March, the The Guardian ran the headline: “Drought-stricken California only has one year of water left, Nasa scientist warns.” Similar headlines ran throughout the US and led to a...
Philip Booth
21 April 2015
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Perhaps there is one thing worse than somebody who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing – it is a politician who believes that they know what the price of everything should be...
Andrew Lilico
17 April 2015
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We start with a world in which firms in high-status sectors such as the arts, media, finance and law provide a little on-the-job training for some people. The firms do this partly as a service...
Philip Booth
16 April 2015
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We are frequently given quite pessimistic assessments of the environment and of the world economy through Vatican documents, lectures and homilies. Sometimes these are designed to make us think or...