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Michael Tanner and Charles Hughes
7 October 2015
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As the United Kingdom looks to reform its policies for dealing with the poor and unemployed, it should take notice of one basic fact: There is no evidence to suggest that poor people are lazy, but...
Ryan Bourne
6 October 2015
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Having won a majority, and with Labour’s new leader polling worse than any in history, one might have expected a jubilant Conservative party conference. But scratch beneath the surface in...
Philip Booth
5 October 2015
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During the late 1990s and early 2000s, think tanks such as the IEA had a difficult time. We were told that the argument for the market economy had been won. A so-called neo-liberal hegemony had been...
Marian L. Tupy
2 October 2015
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Is inequality increasing or decreasing? The answer depends on our point of reference. In America, the income gap between the top 1% and the rest has grown appreciably. It is true that most of us see...
Ryan Bourne
1 October 2015
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Jeremy Corbyn and his shadow chancellor John McDonnell are desperate to be seen as economically credible. As part of this, on Sunday Labour announced the creation of a new economics committee made up...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
30 September 2015
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From the moment it set foot in Europe, Uber – the ride-sharing app that connects private drivers with passengers – has faced enormous pressure from regulatory authorities. In France,...
Kristian Niemietz
30 September 2015
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Last Saturday, several hundred anti-gentrification protesters attacked a ‘hipster’ café in Shoreditch, throwing paint bombs against the windows, and trying to throw a smoke bomb...
Ryan Bourne
29 September 2015
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Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has a new economic committee, made up of high-profile names such as Danny Blanchflower, Simon Wren-Lewis, Thomas Piketty, Joseph Stiglitz and Mariana Mazzucato. As...
Len Shackleton
29 September 2015
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New government spending programmes rapidly acquire permanence, and their removal then seems heartless and unprincipled. A case in point is free school lunches for all 5-7 year-olds. At the 2013...
Philip Booth
28 September 2015
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Most developed countries have set up systems of welfare that depend on population growth to sustain them. Unfortunately, we are destined for population contraction and an age of government austerity...
Kristian Niemietz
25 September 2015
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The greenbelt is a sacred cow, right? Everybody loves the greenbelt, everybody wants to see it protected, and everybody knows it. A politician advocating a relaxation of greenbelt constraints might...
Ryan Bourne
24 September 2015
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Last year, I wrote on this blog about the government’s proposed 5p plastic bag levy (set to come into force this October). At the time, I sought to analyse the economic case for such a proposal...
Philip Booth
23 September 2015
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It is well-known that Churchill supported the concept of a union of nations on continental Europe. Less well-known is the fact that F. A. Hayek – the inspiration for many...
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...