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Steven Kates
15 December 2009
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Peter Clarke was Professor of Modern British History at Cambridge and is the author of one of the leading texts on the Keynesian Revolution. He has now written a biography, Keynes: The Twentieth...
Terry Arthur
14 December 2009
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Most people view the “democratic deficit” as imperfections in the way that voters’ wishes are communicated to governments (and governments’ failure in translating them)....
Len Shackleton
11 December 2009
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Two or three weeks back I wrote briefly about the latest figures on the gender pay gap, basing my comments on an ONS press release. Earlier this week I attended an ESRC conference on gender...
IEA
9 December 2009
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Alistair Darling has failed to take the tough decisions to tackle the country’s enormous budget deficit. According to Mark Littlewood, the IEA’s Director General, “A tax on bankers...
Richard Wellings
9 December 2009
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Alistair Darling is staring into the abyss. Unless he makes severe cuts to government spending there is a real risk he will plunge the UK into another economic crisis. Without a credible commitment...
Tom Papworth
8 December 2009
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Countries trade on their reputations. It is not just the number of eager, materialistic consumers that causes businesses to invest in one country as opposed to another. The hospitality of the host...
Kristian Niemietz
7 December 2009
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The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which some label the government’s “drug rationing body”, recently barred an expensive liver cancer drug from being...
John Blundell
4 December 2009
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I approached SuperFreakonomics with great hope but also mild trepidation. The great hope was that Levitt and Dubner had pulled it off again after the incredible (and well-deserved) success of...
Philip Booth
3 December 2009
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I have blogged before on Phillip Blond - I am not just jumping on the bandwagon after the launch of ResPublica. But it is interesting that his philosophy seems to have...
Tom Papworth
2 December 2009
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The government’s economic recovery policy consisted of two tracks: one, a vastly expensive “fiscal stimulus“, involved ramping up spending at a time when tax revenues were falling...
Richard Wellings
1 December 2009
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Faced with ambitious climate change targets, the government has decided that nuclear power will play a leading role in supplying the UK’s future electricity needs. Ten new plants will be built...
Philipp Bagus and David Howden
30 November 2009
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While quantitative easing has received much press, qualitative easing has been neglected. Qualitative easing consists of policies that deteriorate the average quality of the assets that a...
Kristian Niemietz
27 November 2009
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Kate Green, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, recently responded to an IEA blog piece in which I examined a CPAG article by Polly Toynbee. I had argued that the article was not...
S. Fred Singer
25 November 2009
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The Climategate disclosures over the past few days, consisting of some thousand of emails between a small group of British and US climate scientists, suggest that global warming may...
Steven Kates
24 November 2009
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What is one to make of this report? BEIJING, Nov 18 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama gave his sternest warning yet about the need to contain rising U.S. deficits, saying on Wednesday that if...
Kristian Niemietz
23 November 2009
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It is a bit tricky to criticise an organisation that describes itself as “the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK”. But when a charity enters the...
Philip Booth
19 November 2009
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I welcome Vince Cable’s repudiation of the Tobin tax but, instead, he has proposed a tax on bank profits to help provide a sort of insurance premium to pay for the losses banks impose on...
Steven Kates
18 November 2009
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There are at least three ways used to determine the success of an economy. We deal with something abstract called economic growth, we look at the most common measure we have for production which is...
Len Shackleton
17 November 2009
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The new official figures on the gender pay gap, published last week, make an interesting read and have, as usual, been used as a stick with which to beat employers. It’s worth looking at them...
Richard Wellings
16 November 2009
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Public spending dominates the economy of the North of England. In the North-East region, for example, it accounts for close to 70% of GDP. Many northern cities seemed to prosper in recent years. The...