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Ryan Bourne
1 September 2015
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Unlike many other advocates of free markets, I quite like Channel 4 News economics editor Paul Mason. His journalistic approach, informative yet editorialised towards his own opinions, is...
Matthew McCaffrey
28 August 2015
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House Greyjoy in Game of Thrones is the ultimate symbol of statist economics. Their family motto 'We de not sow' (meaning 'We do not produce wealth, we plunder it'), their contempt...
Ryan Bourne
27 August 2015
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We live in a world where big ideas are disdained. The term ‘ideologue’ is hurled as abuse, and mainstream politicians embrace ‘pragmatism’ and tell us they are not interested...
Kristian Niemietz
26 August 2015
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Which country in the world has the best healthcare? Is the NHS fit for purpose? What are the alternatives? How are our healthcare systems going to change in the future? Can the free market provide...
Ryan Bourne
25 August 2015
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"Jeremy Corbyn wins economists’ backing for radical plan” thundered the Observer’s front page on Sunday. As I meandered around the supermarket, I did a double-take. Would...
Daniel Aaronson, Eric French and Isaac Sorkin
24 August 2015
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When people who work full-time still live in poverty, there is often a strong urge for legislators to ameliorate their situation by requiring employers to pay a higher minimum wage or "living...
Mark Littlewood
21 August 2015
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The technological breakthrough of e-cigarettes has placed the medical establishment and taxpayer-funded public health advocates in a bit of a quandary.  The agreed strategy to date has been to...
Toby Young
20 August 2015
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“You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That's the Chicago way! And that's how...
Len Shackleton
19 August 2015
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Exam results day celebrations (or otherwise) are barely over, but bad ideas for reforming the examination system already abound. Nick Gibb, the Schools minister, is considering nationalising the...
Ryan Bourne
18 August 2015
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The summer is ebbing, football is back, and this weekend saw the launch of yet another campaign to “save the NHS”. The dramatically named NHS Survival – an “umbrella group...
Felix Nozon
18 August 2015
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The heavy depreciation of the Chinese currency this week led to a worldwide shock through currency and stock markets. China's spot renminbi fell nearly 2 percent in early trading on Tuesday,...
David Starkie
17 August 2015
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Opposition to a third runway at London Heathrow received a boost recently when Willie Walsh, Chief Executive of IAG, British Airways’ holding company, launched a blistering attack on the...
Kristian Niemietz
13 August 2015
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“The strategy of government ministers has been obvious. Starve the NHS of vital cash and resources then force patients to look to the growing private sector […] [H]ad the government...
Philip Booth
12 August 2015
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When the current government is not regulating prices by imposing floors, such as the minimum wage, it is regulating prices by imposing ceilings such as on consumer credit and pensions products. When...
Ryan Bourne
12 August 2015
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Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn has called for a “public debate” about renationalisation, in particular of the railways but even of energy firms. As with others occupying the...
Johan Norberg and Henrik Jönsson
11 August 2015
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Is Capitalism a force for good in the world? At the IEA's THINK conference on 11 July 2015, Johan Norberg and Henrik Jönsson teamed up to explain how capitalism has so far succeeded in...
Kristian Niemietz
10 August 2015
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Technological progress is often held to be one of the main drivers of rising healthcare spending. Medical science advances, enabling us to manage or even cure more and more diseases, and great though...
Kristian Niemietz
7 August 2015
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As far as I’m concerned, the tube strikes could have gone on for longer. I had made arrangements to work from home, and stocked up on Pot Noodles and fish fingers. Strike for the rest of the...
Catherine Hakim
6 August 2015
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Prostitution is often discussed as a moral issue. Social science offers another perspective. In particular the numerous sex surveys carried out around the world as a result of the AIDS scare led me...