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Vicente Lopez-Ibor Mayor
27 March 2015
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Ed Miliband’s pledge last week that a Labour government would press ahead with the party’s energy price freeze ‘within months’ may prove popular with the electorate. But my...
Tom Packer
26 March 2015
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In all the sound and fury of the coming election, it’s important not to forget the areas where the parties agree. This includes support for much greater “localism” and devolution of...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
25 March 2015
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In my previous post, I have argued that the case for ‘net neutrality’ regulation is based on a flawed understanding of the way innovation takes place, and of the role of economic...
Andrew Lilico
24 March 2015
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Dr Andrew Lilico, member of the IEA’s Academic Advisory Council, writes for CapX:   Paul Krugman once did something or other quite good on the economics of trade, winning him the Nobel...
Fernando Herrera-González
24 March 2015
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Economic theory is the science which tries to explain economic phenomena. Just as Newton observed an apple falling from a tree and started searching for an explanation to the phenomenon, which...
John Burton
23 March 2015
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The question of whether the BBC is institutionally biased to the left and/or anti-capitalism (not necessarily quite the same) might provoke, in some quarters, the counter-query ‘Is the Pope a...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
20 March 2015
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For over two decades since its inception, the internet has remained largely free of state regulation and control. In the U.S., where the majority of global digital innovation has originated, the...
Kristian Niemietz
19 March 2015
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Given the proximity to the election, most commentators predicted a 'Budget of giveaways', full of populist gimmicks. Judged against that expectation, the actual Budget was relatively sensible...
Philip Booth
18 March 2015
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Whenever we approach a General Election or Budget, the competition for the daftest tax policy idea is always intense. The current front-runner is probably the proposal to largely exempt houses from...
Ryan Bourne
17 March 2015
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It's a well-known saying that “turkeys don’t vote for Christmas”. So calling for George Osborne to take to the despatch box tomorrow and announce that he’s abolishing...
Markus C. Kerber
16 March 2015
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In recent years, euroscepticism has been growing in the UK and elsewhere. This is largely due to concerns about a perceived overreach of EU institutions, coupled with insufficient accountability to...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
13 March 2015
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A report from the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee released today called for stricter environmental protections to be included in the free-trade deal currently being negotiated by the...
David Starkie
13 March 2015
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Government spending on infrastructure is a subject on which Keynesians and Neoclassicists tend to agree. The former are interested in the short-term stimulus effect, while the latter see it as a way...
Kristian Niemietz
12 March 2015
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Economists are a notoriously quarrelsome bunch, who disagree on almost everything. Ask three economists, and you’ll get four opinions. The reason is that in economics, empirical literature is...
Eamonn Butler
11 March 2015
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Policy people from across the political spectrum, and from public and private sectors, are mourning the death of Matthew Young, former Press Secretary to two Labour Prime Ministers, project leader...
Ryan Bourne
11 March 2015
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We should have called 2010 ‘The Phoney Election’. Right up until polling day, our wannabe political leaders were debating the desirability of £6 billion worth of ‘efficiency...
Ryan Bourne
10 March 2015
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The battle for the soul of the Conservative party post-election has already begun. This week, commentator and conservative activist Tim Montgomerie will officially launch his new agenda –...
David S. D'Amato
9 March 2015
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Earlier this month American Banker’s Mayra Rodríguez Valladares reported on what she regarded as “a bleak winter for financial reformers in the United States.” Hopeful for...
David Henderson
6 March 2015
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In two previous posts, I criticised a number of recent commentators in the Financial Times (FT) for routinely quoting figures that were much too low for the GDP of poorer countries. I made the point...