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Ryan Bourne
22 September 2015
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In a centralised country like ours, regional and local politics will always play second fiddle to national events, such as stories about what the Prime Minister did at university. Having said that,...
Philip Booth
21 September 2015
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Yesterday, in support of renationalising the operation of trains, Hilary Benn argued that the East Coast mainline was run perfectly satisfactorily whilst it was nationalised. This may be true. It is...
Kristian Niemietz
18 September 2015
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“Nobody advocates socialism anymore. It is now all just about reforming capitalism.” I must have heard this lazy cliché in hundreds of variations. I've never had much time for...
Nima Sanandaji
17 September 2015
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During a tour to Paris, Bruce Springsteen explained that his dream was for the US to adapt a Swedish style welfare state. The famous musician is far from alone in idealising Scandinavian policies....
Kristian Niemietz
16 September 2015
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"New Labour officially dead and buried", tweeted Daily Politics presenter Andrew Neil as the Labour leadership election results came in. Writing for the Guardian, general secretary of Unite...
Len Shackleton
15 September 2015
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Under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, employment relations in the UK were completely overhauled. A series of legislative acts narrowed the scope of industrial disputes, made unions responsible...
Christian Stadler and Lynne Kiesling
14 September 2015
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Do free markets help or oppress the poor? What, if anything, have free markets done for the poor worldwide? In this panel discussion at the IEA's THINK Conference, chaired by Ryan Bourne, this...
Christopher Snowdon
11 September 2015
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The general secretary of the Trade Union Congress, Frances O’Grady, said last year that Britain is a country in which ‘inequality soars’ and ‘social mobility has hit reverse...
Len Shackleton
10 September 2015
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Some of us were hopeful that following the election, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills might be closed down. Vince Cable was an inveterate meddler, but it was hoped that his successor...
Steve Davies
9 September 2015
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Dr Steve Davies, Educational Director at the IEA, looks at organised sport, and how they have overcome economic and social issues with innovative private regulation, rather than requiring government...
Kristian Niemietz
8 September 2015
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The economic case for user charges in healthcare is easily explained. A well-designed system of charges for people accessing services can encourage cost-consciousness and reduce overuse. If...
Philip Booth
7 September 2015
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A tax haven levies certain taxes at a zero or very low rate and combines this with limited information flows to other countries’ tax authorities and a lack of transparency in law making. By the...
Ryan Bourne
4 September 2015
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In recent times the government has chosen to jump on the bandwagon of supposed ‘scandals’ regarding business practices. A couple of weeks ago it was the furore surrounding boarding passes...
Felix Nozon
4 September 2015
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In June 2015, Greece became the first developed country to fail to make an IMF loan repayment. Starting in late 2009 the Greek government’s debt crisis has largely been attributed to structural...
Christopher Snowdon
3 September 2015
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There is a persistent belief that drinkers are a burden on the British taxpayer. In the narrative of ‘Booze Britain’, Accident and Emergency departments do little else but patch up the...
Kristian Niemietz
2 September 2015
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Surveys often suffer from what is known as “social desirability bias”: when people sense that an opinion they hold, or a habit they engage in, is unfashionable, they are unlikely to be...
Ryan Bourne
1 September 2015
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Unlike many other advocates of free markets, I quite like Channel 4 News economics editor Paul Mason. His journalistic approach, informative yet editorialised towards his own opinions, is...
Matthew McCaffrey
28 August 2015
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House Greyjoy in Game of Thrones is the ultimate symbol of statist economics. Their family motto 'We de not sow' (meaning 'We do not produce wealth, we plunder it'), their contempt...
Ryan Bourne
27 August 2015
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We live in a world where big ideas are disdained. The term ‘ideologue’ is hurled as abuse, and mainstream politicians embrace ‘pragmatism’ and tell us they are not interested...
Kristian Niemietz
26 August 2015
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Which country in the world has the best healthcare? Is the NHS fit for purpose? What are the alternatives? How are our healthcare systems going to change in the future? Can the free market provide...