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Philip Booth
2 June 2015
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Would anybody ever be brave enough to oppose “corporate social responsibility” (CSR)? Certainly, it is a good marketing strapline. And CSR proponents have been very successful...
Kristian Niemietz
1 June 2015
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Individual healthcare costs are generally unpredictable. We cannot know whether we will need healthcare treatment next year, what kind of treatment that would be, and what its price is. It is...
Philip Booth
28 May 2015
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In a recent article on CapX, Adam Memon made the case for the minimum wage to be increased to the living wage. In other words, he wishes to see the Green Party’s policies on this matter to be...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
27 May 2015
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The Left’s enthusiasm for Venezuela has waned significantly of late. As the country is gripped by galloping inflation, massive shortages of food and other essentials, and a steep...
Philip Booth
26 May 2015
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There is no shortage of commentators who blame Mrs Thatcher’s supposed deregulation of the City for the crash of 2008. From senior politicians to the leading left-leaning blogs, many have put...
Charles B. Blankart
22 May 2015
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The euro was a mistake, and Greece has been hit hardest. If European politicians could travel back in time to 1990, they would hardly decide to introduce the euro again. Before the euro, there were...
Mikko Arevuo
21 May 2015
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It has become increasingly difficult to make a case for the morality of markets even though free market capitalism has been unequalled in reducing poverty and discrimination, and in creating...
Christopher Snowdon
20 May 2015
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Do you remember the great booze scare of 2004-05? Think back, you must recall it. The prophecies of doom about ‘24 hour drinking’ were everywhere. Shortly before the Licensing Act came...
Ryan Bourne
19 May 2015
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I once asked one of Margaret Thatcher’s senior advisers whether her governments had been “too obsessed with economics”. “Economics,” he replied, “is not the most...
Charles B. Blankart
18 May 2015
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Tax competition among Swiss cantons and municipalities puts downward pressure on taxation, but it does not lead towards a policy of low taxes at any price. Cantons are usually not prepared to...
Kristian Niemietz
14 May 2015
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The Economist, 11 April 2020 - Continued from part 1 (healthcare) - Up until 2016, the UK was one of the most centralised countries in the world. What was strange about this arrangement was that...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
13 May 2015
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Last Friday, a colleague and I attended a conference on the plans for a Capital Markets Union in Brussels. I decided to order an Uber to take us to the airport afterwards, because it cost only about...
Mikko Arevuo
12 May 2015
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The economic impact of higher top tax rates was one of the more contentious themes of the recent general election. The advocates of higher marginal tax rates for top earners dismissed the idea that...
Kristian Niemietz
11 May 2015
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The Economist, 11 April 2020 With the 2020 General Election less than four weeks away, this special edition and the next two will provide some in-depth analysis of what we think this government got...
David Starkie
8 May 2015
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The 2015 election campaign offered the electorate a choice of policies on HS2: The two major parties, plus the Lib Dems supported the project, the Green Party and UKIP opposed it. But it was a case...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
7 May 2015
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In the ongoing negotiations for a free trade pact between the EU and the US, the question of investment protection, and in particular the infamous investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clause,...
Serena Sileoni
6 May 2015
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In his book The Antitrust Paradox, Robert H. Bork recalls a lawyer’s quip which compared antitrust authorities to the sheriff of a rowdy Western frontier town: The sheriff does not always have...
Christopher Snowdon
5 May 2015
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It is around about this time in the electoral cycle that free market economists and libertarians start talking about their rational decision not to vote. Sam Bowman of the Adam Smith Institute set...
Philip Booth and Alberto Mingardi
1 May 2015
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The anti-trust authorities are continuing to try to police the high tech markets. But are they up to the job? The new investigation opened by the European Commission into Google’s market...
Philip Booth
30 April 2015
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What is striking about Paul Krugman’s recent article in the Guardian criticising the British ‘austerity culture’ is the complete lack of curiosity about the varied and very distinct...