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Christopher Snowdon
22 August 2016
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When George Osborne found himself having to present a list of missed economic targets in the last budget, he pulled a sugar levy out of his hat and sold it to the public on the basis of three claims...
Ryan Bourne
19 August 2016
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That, in essence, is the question posed to us by my former colleague Paul Johnson today in The Times. Paul’s gripe seems to be that in a range of areas, impartiality is interpreted by the Beeb...
EA Magazine
17 August 2016
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EA:       Why should young economists study Adam Smith? VS:       Young students in economics and the humanities desiring to better understand...
Ryan Bourne
16 August 2016
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Waiting in the sweltering heat of Washington, DC for 10 minutes for an Uber, I was desperate to get into an air conditioned car. So when one pulled up right in front of me bearing the Uber sticker,...
Philip Booth
15 August 2016
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For the first time in 40 years, the UK will shortly have control of fishing policy. We can, at last, leave the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) behind, to the benefit of the fishing industry and the UK...
Len Shackleton
11 August 2016
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There is no general upsurge of industrial militancy in the UK: the latest figures show both numbers of stoppages and days lost to strikes remain low. The cluster of RMT actions – against...
Jay Stooksberry
10 August 2016
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Every December 5th, American beer, wine, and spirit enthusiasts celebrate Repeal Day. It was on this day in 1933 that the United States officially passed the 21st Amendment, effectively ending the...
Ryan Bourne
9 August 2016
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A large number of MPs seem to believe that net inflows of 330,000 people per year into Britain are “too high”. What, then, is the optimal annual number of net migrants? Up until recently...
Ben Kelly
8 August 2016
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While the Government slowly prepares itself for the daunting task ahead, a climate of uncertainty is fuelling a Remain movement determined to stop Brexit.  In this they are aided and abetted by...
Kristian Niemietz
5 August 2016
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The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has recently published the paper ‘How to repair the housing market quickly – A crisis response’, which makes the case for a (re-)introduction...
Christopher J. Coyne and Rachel L. Coyne
4 August 2016
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“Capitalism v environment: can greed ever be green?” This headline from The Guardian captures the standard view of the relationship between capitalism and the environment. According to...
Richard Teather
3 August 2016
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In an earlier blog post I looked at some of the tax reforms that could help reposition the UK as a dynamic economy, open to growth and innovation. Those reforms were primarily directed at the...
Ryan Bourne
2 August 2016
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As with many contemporary policy debates, the furore over the state pension triple-lock has its roots with Gordon Brown. Back in 1999, when Brown was chancellor, the state pension was increased by...
David Starkie
1 August 2016
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In mid-July the UK’s National Audit Office (NAO) suggested that the Government might have to pause some big infrastructure schemes: the agenda of big projects was crowded and probably more than...
Ryan Bourne
29 July 2016
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A question, readers. Who said “spending and borrowing our way out of a recession, over and above the levels that are implied by the automatic stabilisers… will not work and is not...
Len Shackleton
28 July 2016
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It is a constantly-reiterated view on the Left that the Conservatives are hell-bent on attacking employment rights and deregulating the labour market. We were warned during the referendum debate by...
Richard Wellings
27 July 2016
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In welfare states, the economic benefits from immigration may be eroded by the additional costs of government handouts and public services. This problem has been particularly evident with some...
D.R. Myddelton
26 July 2016
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As a child I was used to seeing a map of the world coloured pink or red to show the vast extent of the British Empire, on which the sun never set.  At that time I believed that we British had...
Richard Teather
25 July 2016
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Shortly before being sacked, George Osborne announced a plan to reduce the UK’s corporation tax rate to less than 15%, challenging Ireland at 12.5%. It is not yet known whether Philip Hammond...