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Kristian Niemietz
23 February 2015
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Among the more reasonable supporters of the single-payer model of healthcare, a common argument is that while the NHS may not literally be the ‘envy of the world’, at least it is better...
Matt Zwolinski
20 February 2015
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Some of the currently most popular forms of libertarian thought are defined by a commitment to the “non-aggression principle” – a principle which holds that it is always wrong to...
Philip Booth
19 February 2015
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In response to an article for The Tablet on Oxfam’s wealth inequality figures, Mr Fuentes-Nieva, Head of Research at Oxfam, makes some counterpoints in a letter to The Tablet (also repeated in...
Ryan Bourne
18 February 2015
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Forget all the populist welfare crackdowns dominating the election headlines over the past week. These are small fry compared to the gargantuan task of rolling out the government’s long-awaited...
Diego Zuluaga
17 February 2015
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Tomorrow, Financial Markets Commissioner Lord Hill will be releasing his much-awaited Green Paper on creating a Capital Markets Union (CMU) in the EU. One of the landmark initiatives of the Juncker...
Ralph Buckle
16 February 2015
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In our chapter for the IEA‘s latest monograph Brexit: Directions for Britain Outside the EU, Tim Hewish and I argue that, if Britain were to leave the EU, its first port of call when seeking...
Christopher Snowdon
16 February 2015
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Robert Peston, the BBC’s economics editor, has recently made his contribution to the rapidly growing genre of polemical inequality documentaries with the ‘The Price of Inequality’...
Philip Booth
13 February 2015
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Those who wish to cut government arts funding are often branded ‘philistines’. But there is a difference between appreciating the arts and believing that the state should support the arts...
Ryan Bourne
12 February 2015
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‘Dear chief secretary, I’m afraid to tell you there’s no money left’. That twelve-word note left in the Treasury from Liam Byrne, Labour’s former Chief Secretary to the...
Richard Wellings
11 February 2015
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Britain’s railways were privatised in the mid-1990s. This did not however mean an end to state control. The government tightly regulated the sector, imposing price controls on a high proportion...
Ryan Bourne
10 February 2015
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The war of words between Boots and the Labour Party has led to much political soul-searching. The salient question seems to be: ‘is Labour anti-business?’ This is not particularly...
Philip Booth and Ryan Bourne
9 February 2015
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In a recent CapX article, Tim Montgomerie sought to outline ‘10 things that capitalism needs but cannot provide’. There was much to agree with in his article, but we are puzzled by his...
Diego Zuluaga
6 February 2015
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The sovereign debt crisis that gripped the euro zone in 2011-12 threw into the spotlight the problems with a currency union lacking fiscal transfers between members and the mutualisation of their...
Fernando Herrera-González
5 February 2015
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In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama assured us that he intended to ‘protect a free and open internet’. To ascertain what Mr Obama means by a ‘free and open...
Anthony J. Evans
4 February 2015
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In a recent article in the Financial Times, Tim Harford retells a classic source of argument amongst economists: ‘Imagine that you have a free ticket (which you cannot resell) to see Radiohead...
Richard Wellings
3 February 2015
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London’s population is forecast to hit 10 million in 2030 and it’s difficult to see how the transport system will cope. A high proportion of commuters already endure severe overcrowding,...
Diego Zuluaga
2 February 2015
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Much has been made in EU circles of Jean-Claude Juncker’s €315 billion Investment Plan, which he announced in late November and has since been touted as his Commission’s key policy...
Len Shackleton
30 January 2015
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We worry a lot about the problems of getting young people into the workforce, as school leavers or even as graduates. While youth unemployment is thankfully much lower here than in most of...
Philip Booth
29 January 2015
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In recent months the global elite, including the Catholic head of the Bank of England Mark Carney, have joined Pope Francis in expressing concern about inequality. The issue was also discussed at...
Ryan Bourne
28 January 2015
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Fairly often the facts get in the way of a good meme. The cricketer Stuart Broad has angered a host of constantly-outraged egalitarians by tweeting that ‘I’ve heard if you earn minimum...