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Ryan Bourne
11 November 2015
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How large were cuts to government spending during the last parliament? The answer may surprise you. Overall real expenditure fell by just 2.9 per cent between 2010-11 and 2014-15. Later in the month...
Peter Ainsworth
10 November 2015
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You don’t have to be a Marxist to believe in historical materialism. The idea that changes in the economic environment drive institutional change is hardly revolutionary. Just as the invention...
Diego Zuluaga
9 November 2015
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Prime Minister David Cameron announced that fast broadband access - at speeds of at least 10 megabytes per second - will become a legal right of all residents in the United Kingdom by 2020....
Kristian Niemietz
6 November 2015
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The law of diminishing marginal utility is one of the most basic concepts in economics. What it means is that the more you have of something, the less you enjoy getting more of it. Among other things...
Diego Zuluaga
5 November 2015
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Britons are all too aware of the problems of political and economic centralisation. Indeed, the trend for more and more legislative and regulatory power to move from London to Brussels is one of the...
Philip Booth
5 November 2015
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Supra-national authorities, such as the EU, should do two things. They should restrain governments from over-stepping their natural authority. Second, they should provide ‘public goods’...
Philip Booth
4 November 2015
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From 4th to 7th October 2015, the IEA co-hosted the Think Tent event series at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. The IEA’s Philip Booth took part in a panel entitled Should the...
Ryan Bourne
3 November 2015
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It's “Living Wage Week”. For seven days, the Living Wage Foundation’s campaign for employers to pay workers at least £8.25 per hour (or £9.40 in London) receives...
Steven Horwitz
2 November 2015
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“The motives of fear and greed are what the market brings to prominence,” argues G.A. Cohen in Why Not Socialism? “One’s opposite-number marketeers are predominantly seen as...
Kristian Niemietz
30 October 2015
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On 10 October 2015, European Students for Liberty held their London Regional Conference. The IEA’s Kristian Niemietz gave a presentation on free market solutions to poverty, on which the...
Philip Booth
29 October 2015
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One of the most dangerous myths that pervades the political debate today is the idea that “neo-liberalism”, as the left describe it, has a stranglehold over economic policy. Certainly, if...
Andrew Lilico
28 October 2015
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A classical conservative believes private property exists in a moral, not merely political sense.  We could truly own things even if we lived on a stateless desert island and my property is...
Ryan Bourne
27 October 2015
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With the Prime Minister apparently arranging panicked meetings of special advisers to aid the floundering Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, the UK’s EU referendum debate is effectively...
Philip Booth
26 October 2015
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The corporate tax system is currently under attack from the EU and the OECD. In principle, this is not a bad thing because the corporate tax system is flawed. However, the EU and the OECD do not wish...
Paul Ormerod
23 October 2015
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Behavioural economics involves the application of the insights of experimentally-based behavioural psychology to the analysis of economic decision-making. It has had a substantial impact on policy...
Len Shackleton
22 October 2015
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The recent decision by Isle of Wight magistrates to throw out the case against Mr Jon Platt, who took his daughter to Disney World during term time, has cast into doubt the hardline policy on school...
Chad Wilcox
21 October 2015
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Today is ‘Back to the Future Day’—the date Marty McFly and Dr Emmett Brown visit when they travel 30 years into the future via a DeLorean-turned-time machine in the 1989 film Back...
Ryan Bourne
20 October 2015
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Politicians spend much of their time worrying about repeating the political mistakes of their predecessors. In recent weeks, Conservative MPs have mused over whether changes to tax credits could have...
Kristian Niemietz
19 October 2015
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At the 2015 Battle of Ideas festival, held at the Barbican Centre, the IEA’s Kristian Niemietz represented the ‘No’ side in the panel session 'The NHS: Still Worth...
Christopher Snowdon
16 October 2015
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Does free-market capitalism foster an environment in which death and disease flourish? That is the question asked by academics Ted Schrecker and Clare Bambra in How Politics Makes Us Sick:...