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Ryan Bourne
20 December 2014
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No, I haven’t morphed into the Grinch. But given I work for an economics think-tank, this subject inevitably led to some heated debate among our colleagues at the staff Christmas party earlier...
Michael Goldstein
19 December 2014
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John Hibbs was an IEA author whose work led to a radical change in policy in the somewhat unfashionable field of bus transport. However, whilst there may be several academics and policy advisors...
Steve Davies
18 December 2014
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All of us at the IEA were deeply saddened this week to hear of the death of Professor Dennis O’Keeffe, a long standing friend of the IEA, one of its research fellows and a frequent author for...
Christopher Snowdon
17 December 2014
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One hundred years ago today, President Woodrow Wilson approved the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act, the US’s first national legislation designed to control the manufacture, import and supply of...
Richard Wellings
16 December 2014
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The recent announcement that the projected cost of Crossrail 2 has risen to £27 billion should be cause for deep concern within the Treasury. Added to High Speed 2 and High Speed 3, this means...
Kristian Niemietz
15 December 2014
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When Air Passenger Duty was originally introduced in 1994, it was not supposed to be an environmental tax. The relevant government documents contain no reference to the environmental impact of...
Glynn Brailsford
12 December 2014
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With severe congestion on the roads, overcrowding on commuter trains and long delays at the hub airport, Britain's transport system seems to be grinding to a halt. These problems are the direct...
Christopher Snowdon
11 December 2014
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My report about pub closures was generally well received when it was published yesterday, with the notable exception of the All-Party Parliamentary Save The Pub Group, which sent out a bizarre and...
Matthew Sinclair
11 December 2014
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The headline is quite simple: ‘Inequality hurts economic growth, finds OECD research’. The reality is somewhat more complex. Here are four things you need to know about the new OECD...
Christopher Snowdon
10 December 2014
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The UK has lost 21,000 pubs since 1980, with half of these closures taking place since 2006. In Closing Time, a new IEA report, I estimate that long-term cultural changes have been responsible for...
Philip Booth
9 December 2014
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Britain has just celebrated ‘Small Business Saturday’. Perhaps yesterday should have been declared ‘Multinational Monday’. Multinationals are often the engine of poverty...
Philip Booth
8 December 2014
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Interventions by Christian clergy in welfare debates are commonplace. Indeed Cardinal Nichols argued this year in an interview for The Daily Telegraph that the welfare safety net had been torn apart...
Richard Wellings
5 December 2014
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Rail fares per passenger-kilometre are on average around 30 per cent higher in Britain than in comparable Western European countries. In addition, annual regulated fare increases exceeded the Retail...
Kristian Niemietz
4 December 2014
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When Chancellor George Osborne spoke about 'aggressive tax planning' in his Autumn Statement speech, I couldn't help the image of 'Irwin R. Shyster' from creeping up in my mind....
Philip Booth
3 December 2014
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It is often suggested that the House of Commons is rather like a football ground and, if I had been there today, I would have thought about starting the above chant, common at football matches, at 12...
Kristian Niemietz
2 December 2014
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Danny Alexander’s plan to make the state a major player in housebuilding is just the latest in a line of useless political schemes to appease all the wrong people and let down all the right...
Ryan Bourne
2 December 2014
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One hundred and fifty five. That’s the really significant number for those following tomorrow’s Autumn Statement. It’s nothing to do with how much the UK government is borrowing. In...
Christopher Snowdon
1 December 2014
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In December 2012, the introduction of plain packaging gave the Australian government full control over the design and appearance of cigarette packs. Tobacco branding was abolished and tobacco...
Philip Booth
28 November 2014
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Alvin Rabushka is often described as the father of the flat tax. His work inspired the adoption of flat-tax systems in many of the former communist countries of central and eastern Europe. This...