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Mark Littlewood
1 July 2011
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The strikes and protests witnessed in Britain's cities this week may well signal the start of a phase of industrial disputes, as public sector employees fight to retain the rather substantial...
Mark Pennington
29 June 2011
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The economic historian Professor Sheilagh Ogilvie is an intellectual heroine of modern classical liberalism. Her work on the operation of proto-industries such as woollens manufacture in sixteenth...
Philipp Bagus
28 June 2011
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A second aid package to the Greek government hinges on severe austerity measures. Why doesn’t Greece simply default and leave the euro as so many Greek protestors demand on the streets...
Stephen Michael MacLean
27 June 2011
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Public choice theory - the application of economics to politics - is inspired by classical liberal principles of free markets and limited government. With its focus on government depredations on...
Kristian Niemietz
24 June 2011
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Energy Secretary Chris Huhne spoke of a ‘dark day’, and made clear he was ‘deeply disappointed’. EU plans to raise the target for carbon emission cuts in...
Philip Booth
23 June 2011
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Mechanisms to ensure the political acceptability of privatisations should not be rejected automatically, simply because they are inefficient and raise less money for the taxpayer. Political...
G. R. Steele
22 June 2011
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The condemnation of benefit fraud and tax avoidance obscures a difference. Benefit cheats make fraudulent claims upon the earnings of others. Tax avoiders use legitimate means to retain their own...
Kristian Niemietz
22 June 2011
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In the March issue of Economic Affairs, a paper by Karthik Reddy analysed the empirical literature on the employment effects of minimum wages. The paper shows that there was indeed a period in...
Mark Pennington
21 June 2011
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When advancing the case for ‘free markets ‘ classical liberals are often chided for failing to recognise the wisdom of Karl Polanyi. In The Great Transformation Polanyi claimed that the...
Alberto Mingardi
20 June 2011
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Late last year Philip Booth and I proposed a solution to the euro crisis in an article for the Wall Street Journal. This would not resolve all the problems - indeed one of the purposes of the...
John Blundell
17 June 2011
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I journeyed to Harare, Zimbabwe recently with some trepidation. After all IEA author Dr Roger Bate is banned and in The Beautiful Tree James Tooley tells of being arrested and questioned heavily...
G. R. Steele
16 June 2011
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State infrastructure projects may be funded by private capital through PFI (private finance initiative) contracts.This week, BBC Radio’s File on Four put great effort into addressing the...
Kristian Niemietz
15 June 2011
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Advocates of a denationalisation of healthcare frequently come across the objection that healthcare is not amenable to individual choice. People may be trusted to make sensible decisions when it...
Steven Kates
14 June 2011
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After writing ‘you cannot make an economy grow through public spending’ I received this touching statement of Keynesian faith in response: ‘In terms of a contribution to GDP...
Philip Booth
13 June 2011
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In his recent New Statesman editorial, Archbishop Rowan Williams criticised the re-emergence of the seductive language of the deserving and underserving poor. The job of a Bishop is to...
G. R. Steele
12 June 2011
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The decision to abandon nuclear power will increase Germany’s short-term dependency upon fossil fuel as it engages with long-term aspirations for politically correct (PC) alternatives. In...
Len Shackleton
10 June 2011
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One of the Coalition’s headline educational initiatives has been the introduction of the Pupil Premium, additional funding to schools for each ‘deprived’ child (the Department for...
Philip Booth
9 June 2011
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Benedict Brogan asks what David Cameron should do about Archbishop Rowan Williams' full frontal attack on health, education and welfare reform. He suggests that he should consider the PR perils...
Steve Davies
8 June 2011
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A report recently published by Oxfam received a huge amount of attention. The report argued that world food prices will double over the next thirty years and that the only solution is ‘...
Mark Littlewood
7 June 2011
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The Chancellor is right to stick to his guns on deficit reduction. The dividing line in the debate is between those who believe that spending more on the bloated public sector would assist with the...