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Philip Booth
8 April 2011
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This is the first of two blog posts that summarise some of the discussion that took place at an IEA seminar on EU competition policy with particular reference to Intel. The next post will deal with...
Mark Pennington
7 April 2011
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Jurgen Habermas is one of the most influential political philosophers of the last fifty years. Though he has now, thankfully, abandoned the neo-Marxism of his early career, his theory of ‘...
André Azevedo Alves
6 April 2011
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As top Portuguese banks give public signals that they will stop buying government debt, pressure is mounting for an immediate plea for external emergency financial support. Nevertheless, the...
Philip Booth
5 April 2011
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Today, Nick Clegg decided to declare war on nepotism. He wants to 'stop a lot of the informal advantages which are helping certain people to hoard opportunities at the exclusion of others...
David Campbell
4 April 2011
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In an earlier post, I described the outright scandal that dominated the initial operation of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The granting of Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs) of an...
Steven Kates
4 April 2011
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According to Wicksell, there are two interest rates, one visible and the other almost totally invisible. The visible rate is the number found in every central bank publication. It is prominently...
G. R. Steele
1 April 2011
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Ireland is not stupid. When credit is offered, it chooses the lowest rate. Ireland’s ‘bailout’ from the European System of Central Banks (ESCB - the eurosystem) is larger (€...
Kristian Niemietz
31 March 2011
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In providing a pseudo-rationalisation for last Saturday’s march against mathematics, the Guardian has assembled a video documenting a variety of supposed ‘alternatives’. The ideas...
Philip Booth
30 March 2011
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A few ears pricked up on budget day when George Osborne announced a surprising and potentially expensive plan to rebuild Britain’s foreign currency reserves. There are two...
Mark Pennington
29 March 2011
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Classical liberals claim that theories of justice must be judged by their practical capacity to facilitate positive sum games in society and to eliminate scope for the exercise of inconsistent and...
Len Shackleton
29 March 2011
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The Times has revealed that 75% of universities are intending to charge at least £8000 when new undergraduate fees come into operation from next year, rather more than the coalition...
Neil Record
28 March 2011
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Hidden in last Wednesday’s Budget speech were three short sentences on public sector pensions which will have meant little to most listeners.  …“Today we publish the result...
Richard Wellings
25 March 2011
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They were warned. In the late 1990s, eminent economists queued up to explain the flaws in the euro project. Chief among them was Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman, who in 1999 – the year the...
Nick Hayns
24 March 2011
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Next week sees the launch of the inaugural Liberty League conference, co-hosted by the IEA and the Freedom Association. The conference takes place from April 1 to 3 at the Birmingham and Midland...
Philip Booth
24 March 2011
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The opening and closing remarks of George Osborne’s budget speech did not bode well. He talked about: “a budget for making things”; he wanted a budget that supported manufacturing...
Philip Booth
24 March 2011
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Of all Christ’s teachings as reflected in the gospel accounts, there is none as consistent as his defense of the poor and downtrodden. This teaching applies also to international relations...
Mark Littlewood
24 March 2011
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This was always going to be a rather modest budget. Having set out the Comprehensive Spending Review last year, the government had already decided its broad plan; we were never going to see much...
Richard Wellings
23 March 2011
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In this year’s Budget, George Osborne had the opportunity to bolster economic recovery by removing barriers to growth. Alongside some welcome proposals, he unfortunately also...
Terry Arthur
22 March 2011
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Bribery and corruption are back in the news, with a new Bribery Act coming into force next month. But what exactly is bribery or corruption? In a recent article in the Daily Telegraph the head of...
Nick Hayns
21 March 2011
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You may have heard of UK Uncut? They’re certainly good at attracting attention: forcing their way into Barclay’s bank the other week and managing to close a branch of TopShop...