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Kristian Niemietz
27 May 2016
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I’ve got an idea for an alternative history novel, an alternate timeline in which the fall of the Berlin Wall never happens. (It’s been done before, but, I’d argue, not that well.)...
Thomas Carter
26 May 2016
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The BBC Charter is currently under consultation for renewal, so it’s an ideal time to consider if a license fee funded public service broadcaster is necessary or beneficial to modern Britain....
Christopher Snowdon
25 May 2016
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As a new report from the Institute of Economic Affairs explains this week, the tale we are told about inequality in Britain is more fiction than fact. Again and again it is claimed that the UK...
Ryan Bourne
24 May 2016
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The anti-Brexit Project Fear reached its zenith yesterday. Having published a paper suggesting GDP per household would fall by £4,300 in the long term (by 2030) if Britain left the EU, the...
Robert P. Murphy
23 May 2016
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Several anticapitalist slogans riff on the contrast between people and profit, and nobody thinks John Lennon’s song “Power to the People” is a plea for unbridled laissez-faire. Even...
Richard Teather
20 May 2016
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Oxfam has organised a letter, signed by over 300 economists, calling for a crack-down on tax avoidance. But what of Oxfam’s own tax practices?  Some of them look remarkably like tax...
Ryan Bourne
19 May 2016
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IMF chief Christine Lagarde said last week she has “not seen anything positive” about Brexit in terms of economics. Even for the head of a global body which we might expect...
Len Shackleton
18 May 2016
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The Department of Business Innovation and Skills, which in a sensible world probably wouldn’t be responsible for our universities, has firmed up its earlier proposals and is now pushing ahead...
Ann Robinson
17 May 2016
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The debate about the UK’s membership of the EU is dominated by economic arguments – would we be better off in or out? It is hard to see any convincing arguments either way. Probabilities...
Kristian Niemietz
16 May 2016
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I did not pay much attention to London’s mayoral election campaign. I lost interest early on, as soon as I realised that the campaign would be dominated by different variations of identity...
Richard Teather
13 May 2016
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In an Oxfam-coordinated letter, 355 economists claim that tax havens “serve no useful economic purpose” and do “not add to overall global wealth or well-being”. I once made...
Kristian Niemietz
12 May 2016
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I won’t crack open the champagne if the Brexit side wins the EU referendum on 23 June. On its own, Brexit will not solve a single one of the UK’s economic and social problems. Brexit will...
Diego Zuluaga
11 May 2016
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The climate of opinion around free trade has changed dramatically on both sides of the Atlantic in the last few years. Both presumptive presidential nominees in the U.S. are lukewarm about, if ...
Philip Booth
10 May 2016
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Yesterday, 355 economists signed a letter co-ordinated by Oxfam arguing that tax havens have “no useful purpose”. There are some luminaries among the signatories. Angus Deaton, winner of...
Gabriel Sahlgren
9 May 2016
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In the past decades, an increasing number of governments have pursued reforms to increase choice, competition and autonomy in education. Research indicates that these reforms have generally had...
Diego Zuluaga
6 May 2016
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The Institute for International Finance has just released an interesting briefing paper on the trends in risk-weighted assets (RWA) among major banks before and after the financial crisis. RWA is the...
Kristian Niemietz
5 May 2016
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A while ago, a powerful image was making the rounds on social media. It contrasted a part of the US-Mexican border, with its massive fence, to a part of the Dutch-Belgian border, which was just a...
Ryan Bourne
4 May 2016
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Not content with setting the wages in future of up to 20 per cent of the private sector workforce through its National Living Wage, the government has now decided to clamp down on tipping practices...
Stephen Littlechild
3 May 2016
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On 17 March 2016 the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published its Provisional Decision on Remedies in its investigation of the energy market. The following is a summary of the concerns...