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James Knight
29 January 2016
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There used to be a cap to ensure universities had a limited number of students achieving grades AAB or higher at A-level. When the cap was lifted a few years ago, some higher education commentators...
Len Shackleton
28 January 2016
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Most of the discussion about the upcoming referendum concentrates on what the effects of Brexit would be on the UK. But what of its impact on the rest of the European Union? David Folkerts-Landau of...
Ryan Bourne
27 January 2016
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Over the festive period, many of you would have ventured to Somerset House or Winter Wonderland to ice-skate. Taking to the rink, you would have seen children skating for the first time while...
Matthew Sinclair
26 January 2016
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At Europe Economics, we recently completed a major report on the Sharing Economy. Looking at the growing research literature, it was difficult to escape the conclusion at times that there was an...
Philip Booth
25 January 2016
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Recently, Ian King, in The Times, highlighted the lunacy of Transport for London’s statement about profits from London Underground: “We don’t make a profit because we reinvest all...
Philip Booth
22 January 2016
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Whenever something does not work properly, we demand a “fat controller” to sort it out – especially when it comes to trains. Sure, there are many aspects of our transport system...
Daran Sarma
22 January 2016
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British governments regularly make changes to school education with little warning or thinking through the consequences for schools: this is damaging and counterproductive. But it is the inevitable...
Christopher J. Coyne and Rachel L. Coyne
21 January 2016
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As Uber, an app which connects riders with private drivers, has spread throughout Europe, it has been met with backlash from taxi drivers and regulators. For example, a recent headline in The...
Anders Ydstedt
20 January 2016
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In 2004 the Swedish inheritance tax and gift tax was abolished by a unanimous vote in the Riksdag. In a new book ”Ten years without the Swedish inheritance tax. Mourned by no one – missed...
Ryan Bourne
19 January 2016
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The Times has a front-page lead today investigating differential pricing for similar functioning products branded towards men and women (sadly, another direct import from US debates). Some examples...
Ryan Bourne
18 January 2016
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Words like “fairness” and “justice” are regularly thrown around with little thought to what they mean. Strangely, though, the politicians who use them seem to be unwilling to...
Ryan Bourne
18 January 2016
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The media is running with Oxfam’s annual ‘shocking’ statistic on wealth. This year “the richest 62 people have the same wealth as poorest 3.6 bn”. But all is not what it...
David Henderson
15 January 2016
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This article is a sequel to ‘The continuing power of intuitive or do-it-yourself economics (DIYE)’. It draws on Chapter 3 of David Henderson’s ‘Innocence and Design: The...
David Henderson
14 January 2016
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This article is based on Chapter 7 of David Henderson’s 2004 book ‘The Role of Business in the Modern World,’ published in Wellington (by the New Zealand Business Roundtable),...
Kristian Niemietz
13 January 2016
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The NHS funding crisis The NHS is ‘at breaking point’, ‘starved of resources’, ‘on the verge of collapse’, overstretched, underfunded, and everybody knows it....
Ryan Bourne
12 January 2016
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Rumours abound that the government is secretly quite keen on imposing a new tax on sugary drinks, to attempt to combat obesity. There are strong arguments against such a proposal. These taxes hit the...
Christopher Snowdon
12 January 2016
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Stephen Bubb, chairman of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), has written an article for the Telegraph opposing government proposals to extend the Freedom of...
Tim Congdon
11 January 2016
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The Great Recession is now being mentioned in the past tense, which is progress of a kind. During its course critics of capitalism directed their polemics particularly against the US, long seen as...
Diego Zuluaga
8 January 2016
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In many ways, Spain is the EU’s poster child. The country’s determination to be part of the European project was a major driver of political consensus in its successful transition to...
Christopher Snowdon
7 January 2016
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‘If advertising doesn’t work, why do companies spend so much money on it?’ This is the zinger that is supposed to end all argument about whether marketing increases the consumption...