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Kristian Niemietz
19 December 2013
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I don’t have a ‘favourite blogger’ as such, but if I had to draw up a personal top-five list, it would definitely include Brendan O’Neill. If you are looking for an author who...
Philip Booth
18 December 2013
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  Mutuals and co-operatives have been promoted as the acceptable side of business by both arms of the coalition. Nick Clegg has lauded the Waitrose and John Lewis model. Advisers to David...
Steve Watt
17 December 2013
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Youth unemployment and long-term unemployment have increased dramatically in the UK since the introduction of the minimum wage. However, things could be worse. In France, on top of the minimum wage...
Kristian Niemietz
16 December 2013
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‘After years of sustained increases in demand for locally brewed beer, London’s brewery industry is facing a formidable capacity crisis, which is set to worsen as the expansion in demand...
Tom Miers
13 December 2013
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  That’s a question many have asked and few have answered convincingly. But one Swedish think tank has produced an index of healthcare performance in Europe and its 2013 results were...
Jamie Whyte
12 December 2013
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“Gravity exists. The world is round. Climate change is happening.” So tweeted Barack Obama's advocacy group Organizing for Action on Monday, adding the hashtag #ScienceSaysSo....
Louise Bennetts
11 December 2013
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A protectionist push is underway in the world’s two leading financial services economies. This threatens to undermine not only the already-weak recovery, but perhaps more importantly the...
Kristian Niemietz
10 December 2013
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The pre-Christmas period has begun, and with it, the hunt for Christmas presents. Do you find this irritating? Yes, you do. Trust Michael Sandel, the author of What Money Can't Buy: The Moral...
Philip Booth
9 December 2013
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Pope Francis had some dismissive things to say about the market economy and globalisation in his apostolic exhortation. Disappointingly, however, there was much use of the rhetorical tactic of...
Vlad Tarko
8 December 2013
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In the aftermath of the financial crisis, confidence in the long-term viability of Western-style capitalism seems to have plummeted. While opinions widely diverge about proposed solutions,...
Steve Davies
6 December 2013
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  The Chancellor's Autumn Statement certainly contained some good news - but not enough to justify the self-congratulation that we saw, given continued concerns about how well founded the...
Kristian Niemietz
5 December 2013
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George Osborne’s general approach to managing the nation’s finances could be described as chopping off bits and pieces here and there as he goes along, which would make him the Edward...
G. R. Steele
4 December 2013
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Keynesian demand management endures with the regular adjustment of short-term interest rates and the lowering of long-term interest rates, once short-term interest rates have been driven to their...
Peter Kain
3 December 2013
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The recent IEA study, Transport Infrastructure: Adding Value, discusses the concept of offering a number of standing-only carriages on commuter trains. Patrons using the carriages would pay a lower...
Len Shackleton
2 December 2013
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The issue of tax avoidance cannot be divorced from the nature of the tax system, and that in turn cannot sensibly be discussed without thinking about what governments spend. We have a hugely...
Daniel J. D'Amico
1 December 2013
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The title and cover art for Peter Boettke's latest book Living Economics: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow are no doubt symbolic of economic theory as a field of study, and also the history of...
Philip Booth
29 November 2013
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In a recent conference held at the IEA, there was much discussion of the Great Recession. How can we interpret the recent recession and how can George Osborne’s Autumn Statement help us get out...
Philip Booth
28 November 2013
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In recent weeks, there has been much fuss created by a group of students – supported it would seem by the Guardian and by people such as Ha-Joon Chang – who are complaining about their...
Kristian Niemietz
27 November 2013
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When you watch or listen to a political debate programme, and you hear someone saying something like ‘I am not against all development, but…’ or ‘I don’t dispute the...
Christopher Snowdon
26 November 2013
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First, the good news. Poverty has been on the decline for several years. Since 2007, the proportion of the British population living below the poverty line has fallen from 19 per cent to 16 per cent...