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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...
Anthony Evans
5 August 2015
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I've written quite a bit about ‘neoliberalism’, not least in my 2009 book The neoliberal revolution in Eastern Europe. My frustration with the critics of neoliberalism is that they so...
Kristian Niemietz
4 August 2015
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Do you remember the time when healthcare professionals used to argue that the NHS was adequately funded, and that further injections of money were not needed? Me neither, because there never was such...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
31 July 2015
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The latest episode in the Greek debt drama, which ended with the Greek government’s agreement to undertake much-needed reforms in labour market regulation, tax and pensions in exchange for a...
Joshua Woods
30 July 2015
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When economists talk about the UK economy, the discussion tends to be framed in terms of the ongoing recovery from the financial crisis and its associated recession. That crisis and the vivid images...
Vedanth Nair
29 July 2015
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Government debt in the UK often makes headlines, but the high level of household debt in the UK is arguably no less of a threat to the stability of the UK economy. Research by the NBER found that...
Ryan Bourne
28 July 2015
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The Republican Party must be tearing its hair out. For years, visitors from the US have extolled the strength of the party’s potential Presidential candidates for 2016. The pack is certainly...
Patrick Minford
27 July 2015
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Work is proceeding within universities on the assumption that in 2019 they will have to submit another Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise. For those not totally up to speed with this...
Len Shackleton
24 July 2015
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British universities are tightly regulated. But, as often happens with regulation, bureaucratic procedures do not guarantee that things work well. They do, however, generate vested interests, tend to...
Kristian Niemietz
23 July 2015
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Ikea, the self-assembly furniture giant, has announced that it will be introducing the living wage next year. Those who campaigned for it are celebrating it as a major victory. And granted, they have...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
22 July 2015
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We tend to forget how much of a basket case Latin America was only forty years ago. From 1959 onwards, the continent’s countries were, one by one and with few exceptions, gripped by...
Philip Booth
21 July 2015
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When the euro was adopted, British sceptics argued that it was impossible to have a single currency without a single country. They suggested that you need central control of fiscal policy to stop...
Carlo Stagnaro and Philip Booth
20 July 2015
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The British retail markets for electricity and gas are not delivering. But is the proposed cure better than the disease itself? The Competition & Markets Authority has recently released its...
Kristian Niemietz
17 July 2015
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About eight years ago, I attended an economics conference in Berlin, where one of the speakers criticised the structure of Germany’s public finances as overcentralised, inconsistent and full of...
Christopher Snowdon
16 July 2015
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Sugar is much in the news at the moment, with the British Medical Association calling for a tax on sugary drinks and the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition expected to announce new advice on...
Philip Booth
15 July 2015
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Iain Martin argues not just that George Osborne was right to raise the minimum wage but that: “It must feel good to be pure. While others make messy compromises, the hardened...
Len Shackleton
15 July 2015
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Many British critics of the EU have argued for making significant repatriation of government powers over employment regulation a key element in David Cameron’s renegotiation of the relationship...
Ryan Bourne
14 July 2015
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George Osborne’s desired message was clear. He claimed last week’s Budget was a new settlement for a “higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare country”. The Tory media duly...
Steve Davies
13 July 2015
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As things stand it seems the saga of negotiations between the Greek government and its creditors has arrived at a denouement. But this is almost certainly not a conclusion. We can expect this show to...
Kristian Niemietz
10 July 2015
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“Strikes have the added benefit that they give people a nice opportunity to signal their ideology to others”, a friend of mine tweeted yesterday. At least as far as my timelines on...