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Lawrence H. White
13 February 2014
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On 18 September 2014, Scotland will hold a voter referendum on whether it should become independent. If voters say ‘yes’, what money should the newly independent Scotland adopt?...
Kristian Niemietz
12 February 2014
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The London Underground is normally a place from which most types of social interaction are barred, but tube strikes are times during which that rigid social code is temporarily suspended. Sharing one...
Ryan Bourne
11 February 2014
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‘In our age’ George Orwell once remarked, ‘there is no such thing as “keeping out of politics”. All issues are political issues.’ This, of course, is mainly...
Keith Boyfield
10 February 2014
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In 1960, Nigeria was the world’s biggest exporter of oil palm products, accounting for over 40 per cent of the world market. Today, it hardly registers at all, ranking just 24th among global...
Christopher Snowdon
7 February 2014
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The following letter has been written in response to ‘Under the influence’, an article by Jonathan Gornall which appeared in the British Medical Journal in January 2014. It is addressed...
Philip Booth
6 February 2014
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It is highly likely that the Scottish people will wake up after the votes have been counted in September’s referendum with their status as citizens of the United Kingdom confirmed. That outcome...
Christopher Snowdon
5 February 2014
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In June 2012, the IEA published Sock Puppets, a report which looked at the evidence, and implications, of taxpayer funding for the large and growing element of ‘civil society’ that is...
Ryan Bourne
4 February 2014
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Over the past three years, the debate over the coalition’s deficit reduction plan and the sluggishness of the subsequent recovery has dominated the agenda. On almost all sides, this debate has...
G. R. Steele
3 February 2014
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The relative merits of directing monetary policy by following set rules or by the use of discretion has engaged economists since first discussed by Henry Simons in a seminal paper published...
Kristian Niemietz
31 January 2014
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Have you ever come across a lipogram? A lipogram is a somewhat eccentric literary technique: the art of writing a text from which a particular letter, word, or combination of letters, is entirely...
Ryan Bourne
30 January 2014
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It’s often said that modern day politicians lack conviction – that is, they are afraid of expressing their firmly held beliefs. This is not universally true, of course. But one of the...
Kent Matthews
29 January 2014
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GDP growth of 0.7 per cent in the final quarter of 2013 has finally confirmed that the recovery is taking hold. Growth for 2013 as a whole has come in at just under 2 per cent. Whilst welcome, this...
David Joselin
28 January 2014
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‘The monopolists, by keeping the market constantly under-stocked, by never fully supplying the effectual demand, sell their commodities much above the natural price, and raise their emoluments...
Steve Davies
27 January 2014
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A recurring feature of politics is that of politicians and parties claiming to be acting as the heirs of a famous figure from the past. This is a convenient way of identifying the kind of argument...
Kristian Niemietz
24 January 2014
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Over the past few months, in a series of articles, Independent columnist Owen Jones has outlined a socialist response to the cost-of-living crisis - ‘bread-and-butter socialism’, as he...
Philip Booth
23 January 2014
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Those on the left of the political spectrum argue that many of the world’s problems are caused by big business exploiting the poor. Those who support a free economy, meanwhile, lay many of the...
Philip Booth
22 January 2014
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A preview from the Spring 2014 issue of EA Magazine. Marginal tax rates and income: new time series evidence Karel Mertens Available from: http://www.economics.cornell.edu/km426/papers/MTRI_article....
Steve Davies
21 January 2014
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Yesterday saw the government announce the latest in a line of restrictions on the benefits immigrants can claim. New jobless EU migrants will be denied access to Housing Benefit from April, and will...
Kristian Niemietz
20 January 2014
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- ‘Unexpected item in the bagging area.’ - ‘Please put the item back in the bag.’ - ‘Please wait for assistance.’ If you have heard these phrases before, you are...
Philip Booth
17 January 2014
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Today Ed Miliband made a speech on policy in UK banking. There is much wrong with that market and important reforms should involve ensuring that the providers of capital to banks always...