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Peter Ainsworth
3 July 2015
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Writing in The Times on Wednesday, Jo Johnson, the new Universities Minister, noted the disappointing statistic that almost half of students feel they do not get value for money from university...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
3 July 2015
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A new study about supposed anti-competitive practices in the online search market, co-authored by net neutrality guru Tim Wu, has made headlines in recent days. The study contains a number of claims...
Kristian Niemietz
2 July 2015
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What I admire about the anti-capitalist left is their ability to present their ideas as somehow "unorthodox" and "anti-mainstream", when they are clearly nothing of the sort. Go...
Philip Booth
1 July 2015
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In Part 1 of this post, I looked at the way international financial regulation encouraged complexity and regulatory capture. In this part, I look at the problems of herd behaviour and the making of...
Ryan Bourne
30 June 2015
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Nothing is certain in life but death and the annual claim that the poorest fifth of households pay the highest proportion of their incomes in taxes. Each year, when the ONS publishes its ‘...
Jesús Huerta de Soto and Philipp Bagus
29 June 2015
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The ECB has finally launched its own open-ended Quantitative Easing (QE) planning to buy securities worth of €1.1tr euros. This unprecedented move requires a convincing justification. One...
Kristian Niemietz
26 June 2015
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As an undergraduate student, I spent an Erasmus semester in a small town in Spain. During a flat viewing, the landlady who showed me around pointed at the microwave in the kitchen, and said: ‘...
Ryan Bourne
25 June 2015
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Child poverty (measured as children living in a household below 60 per cent of median income) has remained unchanged. But in recent days, as it was expected to have risen, it has been said the...
Christopher Snowdon
25 June 2015
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In a classic Beyond the Fringe sketch, Peter Cook is a cult leader sat atop a mountain awaiting the end of the world. When the predicted apocalypse fails to arrive, he turns to his followers and says...
Philip Booth
24 June 2015
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In the last 30 years there has been a huge movement towards the internationalisation of financial regulation. This manifests itself at the EU level but also more widely. If you were to use a random...
Ryan Bourne
23 June 2015
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Bruce Springsteen may have been “Born in the USA”, but he says he’d prefer the US to be more like Sweden. With its generous welfare state, many hold up the Swedes, and other...
Ryan Bourne
22 June 2015
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History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme. On 12 June, 79 economists wrote to the Guardian condemning George Osborne’s plans to run budget surpluses “in good times...
Philip Booth
19 June 2015
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Pope Francis’ encyclical, ‘Laudato si’, is an important contribution to the theology and morality of the earth’s ecology in the context of a holistic conception of the human...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
17 June 2015
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If healthcare in the 20th century was characterised by the successful eradication and containment of communicable diseases – from TB and smallpox to diphtheria, poliomyelitis and influenza...
Ryan Bourne
17 June 2015
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An unusual alliance has in recent times lined up to support a significant increase in the minimum wage to the so-called ‘Living Wage’. One argument heard by proponents on both left and...
Kristian Niemietz
16 June 2015
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In the UK, people who support a pluralistic, competitive and consumer-driven healthcare system often believe that theirs is a lost cause. They argue that the public’s commitment to the NHS is...
Philip Booth
15 June 2015
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On 12th June, the Guardian published a letter from 79 economists, including David Blanchflower, Thomas Piketty, Mariana Mazzucato and Ha-Joon Chang. The 79 argue that George Osborne’s proposals...
Len Shackleton
12 June 2015
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The government’s attempts to reduce immigration are not succeeding. In a piece of classic displacement activity, it now seems determined to impose ever more irksome obligations on business....
Peter Ainsworth
11 June 2015
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The current system of financing higher education is stuck in a rut. It does not work particularly well for anybody: A lot of students end up saddled with debt; large amounts of debt have to be...