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Philip Booth
9 January 2015
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There are not many things that economists are agreed upon. However, to slightly corrupt a quip attributed to George Bernard Shaw, if you laid all the economists in the world end-to-end around the M25...
Kristian Niemietz
8 January 2015
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In the early 2000s, long waiting times at Accident and Emergency departments were commonplace. About one in five patients was stuck in the waiting room for longer than four hours before being seen....
David Henderson
7 January 2015
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The Financial Times has long been a continuing source of misleading statements about the relative size of the economies of different countries, as given by their real GDP - i.e. their output of goods...
Ryan Bourne
6 January 2015
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Friday 19 December 2014 was a happy day for many Londoners, marking their last in the office before Christmas. Yet amid all the festivities, you’d have been forgiven for missing something...
Christopher J. Coyne and Rachel L. Coyne
5 January 2015
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Many associate markets with self-interest and greed whilst associating politics with other-regarding, publicly-interested behaviour. Perhaps nowhere is this view more prevalent than in the speeches...
Ryan Bourne
29 December 2014
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The fallout from the Autumn Statement has mainly revolved around one Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) graph and the words of an excitable BBC journalist. The now infamous ‘Chart 1.1...
Steven Horwitz
24 December 2014
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The recent signals by the Obama Administration that they might wish to normalise relations with Cuba should be welcomed by freedom lovers everywhere. Unfortunately, we have already seen criticism...
Christopher Snowdon
23 December 2014
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In my new IEA monograph Selfishness, Greed and Capitalism, I discuss some of the most common straw men and myths about free-market capitalism. Some ideological disputes cannot be settled by evidence...
Kristian Niemietz
22 December 2014
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The 2004 film Saw was a fine horror movie, which immediately became a minor genre classic. In an ideal world, the makers of the movie would have left it there, and moved on to something else....
Ryan Bourne
20 December 2014
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No, I haven’t morphed into the Grinch. But given I work for an economics think-tank, this subject inevitably led to some heated debate among our colleagues at the staff Christmas party earlier...
Michael Goldstein
19 December 2014
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John Hibbs was an IEA author whose work led to a radical change in policy in the somewhat unfashionable field of bus transport. However, whilst there may be several academics and policy advisors...
Steve Davies
18 December 2014
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All of us at the IEA were deeply saddened this week to hear of the death of Professor Dennis O’Keeffe, a long standing friend of the IEA, one of its research fellows and a frequent author for...
Christopher Snowdon
17 December 2014
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One hundred years ago today, President Woodrow Wilson approved the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act, the US’s first national legislation designed to control the manufacture, import and supply of...
Richard Wellings
16 December 2014
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The recent announcement that the projected cost of Crossrail 2 has risen to £27 billion should be cause for deep concern within the Treasury. Added to High Speed 2 and High Speed 3, this means...
Kristian Niemietz
15 December 2014
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When Air Passenger Duty was originally introduced in 1994, it was not supposed to be an environmental tax. The relevant government documents contain no reference to the environmental impact of...
Glynn Brailsford
12 December 2014
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With severe congestion on the roads, overcrowding on commuter trains and long delays at the hub airport, Britain's transport system seems to be grinding to a halt. These problems are the direct...
Christopher Snowdon
11 December 2014
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My report about pub closures was generally well received when it was published yesterday, with the notable exception of the All-Party Parliamentary Save The Pub Group, which sent out a bizarre and...
Matthew Sinclair
11 December 2014
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The headline is quite simple: ‘Inequality hurts economic growth, finds OECD research’. The reality is somewhat more complex. Here are four things you need to know about the new OECD...
Christopher Snowdon
10 December 2014
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The UK has lost 21,000 pubs since 1980, with half of these closures taking place since 2006. In Closing Time, a new IEA report, I estimate that long-term cultural changes have been responsible for...
Philip Booth
9 December 2014
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Britain has just celebrated ‘Small Business Saturday’. Perhaps yesterday should have been declared ‘Multinational Monday’. Multinationals are often the engine of poverty...