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Len Shackleton
9 February 2016
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The Department for Business Innovation and Skills launched an enquiry into self-employment last July under entrepreneur Julie Deane: it is expected to report shortly. Self-employment jobs have grown...
Jonathan Portes
8 February 2016
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The essence of the economic case for migration is very simple: it is the same as the case for markets in general. If people take decisions on the basis of their own economic self-interest, this will...
Michael Munger
5 February 2016
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There have been two enormous "revolutions" in human history. The first was the Neolithic, or the wide scale switch from a nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle to fixed agriculture. The second...
Philip Booth
4 February 2016
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Before the financial crash of 2008, it was common for Conservatives to say: “the 1980s was when we put the economy right; now we have to maximise ‘national wellbeing’, reduce carbon...
Greta Gietz
2 February 2016
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With the migrant crisis preoccupying Europe’s media and public debates, France’s “economic and social emergency” is easily forgotten. France reported a 10.6% unemployment rate...
Kristian Niemietz
1 February 2016
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The Housing and Planning Bill, which will speed up the sale of social housing, has come under fire from various quarters. The Local Government Association described it as a shift in public spending...
James Knight
29 January 2016
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There used to be a cap to ensure universities had a limited number of students achieving grades AAB or higher at A-level. When the cap was lifted a few years ago, some higher education commentators...
Len Shackleton
28 January 2016
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Most of the discussion about the upcoming referendum concentrates on what the effects of Brexit would be on the UK. But what of its impact on the rest of the European Union? David Folkerts-Landau of...
Ryan Bourne
27 January 2016
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Over the festive period, many of you would have ventured to Somerset House or Winter Wonderland to ice-skate. Taking to the rink, you would have seen children skating for the first time while...
Matthew Sinclair
26 January 2016
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At Europe Economics, we recently completed a major report on the Sharing Economy. Looking at the growing research literature, it was difficult to escape the conclusion at times that there was an...
Philip Booth
25 January 2016
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Recently, Ian King, in The Times, highlighted the lunacy of Transport for London’s statement about profits from London Underground: “We don’t make a profit because we reinvest all...
Philip Booth
22 January 2016
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Whenever something does not work properly, we demand a “fat controller” to sort it out – especially when it comes to trains. Sure, there are many aspects of our transport system...
Daran Sarma
22 January 2016
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British governments regularly make changes to school education with little warning or thinking through the consequences for schools: this is damaging and counterproductive. But it is the inevitable...
Christopher J. Coyne and Rachel L. Coyne
21 January 2016
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As Uber, an app which connects riders with private drivers, has spread throughout Europe, it has been met with backlash from taxi drivers and regulators. For example, a recent headline in The...
Anders Ydstedt
20 January 2016
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In 2004 the Swedish inheritance tax and gift tax was abolished by a unanimous vote in the Riksdag. In a new book ”Ten years without the Swedish inheritance tax. Mourned by no one – missed...
Ryan Bourne
19 January 2016
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The Times has a front-page lead today investigating differential pricing for similar functioning products branded towards men and women (sadly, another direct import from US debates). Some examples...
Ryan Bourne
18 January 2016
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Words like “fairness” and “justice” are regularly thrown around with little thought to what they mean. Strangely, though, the politicians who use them seem to be unwilling to...
Ryan Bourne
18 January 2016
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The media is running with Oxfam’s annual ‘shocking’ statistic on wealth. This year “the richest 62 people have the same wealth as poorest 3.6 bn”. But all is not what it...
David Henderson
15 January 2016
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This article is a sequel to ‘The continuing power of intuitive or do-it-yourself economics (DIYE)’. It draws on Chapter 3 of David Henderson’s ‘Innocence and Design: The...