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David Campbell
6 January 2011
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After the failure even to reach an agreement through proper UN negotiating procedures at Copenhagen, expectations for the Cancun conference were so managed down that merely producing the ‘...
Ruth Porter
5 January 2011
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Today the Prime Minister announced a New Enterprise Allowance to give grants, loans and mentoring to unemployed people trying to start up new businesses. While the focus on the problems facing...
Oliver Knipping
4 January 2011
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Every year the same thing happens... We all look forward to the upcoming festive season with our families, or even to a well-deserved Christmas break. The festive mood may evaporate rather quickly,...
Philip Booth
4 January 2011
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It is very clear that the government cannot carry on borrowing at current rates and the coalition’s proposals for reducing government borrowing are prudent. However, today’s VAT rise is...
Richard Wellings
4 January 2011
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In the context of Britain’s fiscal crisis, today's rise in VAT from 17.5% to 20% may be seen by some as a necessary evil. Moreover, indirect taxes such as VAT are often regarded as less...
Tim Congdon
3 January 2011
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Since the financial crisis began in autumn 2007 with the Northern Rock fiasco, a consensus narrative has developed. The central theme is that the crisis is to be blamed not on monetary mismanagement...
Philip Booth
23 December 2010
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Some economists wonder whether we should give Christmas presents. They argue that having other people deciding what we want is not really efficient. There are several counter arguments to this, of...
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
22 December 2010
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This is a response to Mr Francis Gilbert at the Local Schools Network who has questioned my research on Swedish for-profit schools with some relatively surprising arguments. As the author...
Steven Kates
21 December 2010
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The Social Network is a wonderfully entertaining film. It may also be – and if it is, it will only have been by accident – the most pro-market film ever produced. The film tells the...
Mark Littlewood
20 December 2010
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The so-called ‘cuts’ have dominated the political agenda since the coalition government was formed in May. In totality, the cuts are extraordinarily modest, amounting to a real terms...
Philip Booth
17 December 2010
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The Government is pressing ahead with another reorganisation of the National Health Service. It is unlikely this reordering of our essentially bureaucrat-driven model will set the world alight....
Steve Davies
16 December 2010
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A common observation, usually made with a sneer, is that economists know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Thus is anyone who brings economic thinking to bear damned as a heartless...
Mark Littlewood
15 December 2010
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Michael Gove’s free schools programme has been heralded as the cutting edge of the coalition’s structural reform programme. Removing the dead hand of the state and allowing new schools...
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
15 December 2010
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Should for-profit free schools be banned? The UK debate regarding this issue has so far provided heated rhetoric, but little evidence to back it up. In an IEA discussion paper, released today, I...
Terry Arthur
14 December 2010
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As a fellow international rugby player (who also went to a grammar school) perhaps I may be allowed to put the case against Brian Moore’s passionate argument for the retention of ring-fencing...
David Campbell
13 December 2010
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The claim that the Copenhagen climate change conference was not a total failure, which still enjoys currency in public debate about the Cancun conference, usually makes approving reference to the...
G. R. Steele
10 December 2010
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Mervyn King has been criticised for crossing a line which separates monetary policy (the Bank’s remit) and fiscal policy (the Treasury’s remit). That line is imaginary: a legacy of...
Patrick Basham
9 December 2010
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Notwithstanding David Cameron’s infatuation with nudging, the in-vogue tool would appear to have little merit as a guiding principle of policymaking. The Department of Health’s new...
Kristian Niemietz
8 December 2010
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“Most children living in poverty are not from workless households”, writes the Guardian: “The number of children of working parents who are living in poverty in the UK has...
André Azevedo Alves
7 December 2010
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After Greece and Ireland, it seems increasingly likely that Portugal may become the third euro-area country to be bailed out by an EU/IMF rescue package. In the past week, the yields on Portuguese (...