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Philip Booth
3 September 2014
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It is often argued by proponents of free markets – especially within the Conservative Party – that we should not pursue equality of outcomes but, instead, pursue equality of opportunity....
John Burton
2 September 2014
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One of the most important controversies generated by the Scottish independence debate relates to the continuation (or not) of the present sterling zone between Scotland and the rest of the UK (rUK),...
Carlo Stagnaro
1 September 2014
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You can’t have your cake and eat it too – even when it comes to energy. Germany has been a champion of the ‘green economy’ for the past decade, but now the time has come to...
Kristian Niemietz
28 August 2014
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“Labour’s summary of the ideas […] says they “clear the way for a massive shift of resources from the NHS to private companies”. […] [P]rivate companies (Labour...
Jared Meyer
22 August 2014
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Prime Minister David Cameron’s “all-in” push for developing the UK’s shale gas reserves continues to generate what seems to be strong public backlash. While vocal protesters...
Philip Booth and Kevin Dowd
20 August 2014
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Proponents of Bitcoin like to suggest that it will be the money of the future. Critics point to its price volatility, the evidence of a Bitcoin bubble and other problems. Both sides make valid points...
Philip Booth
19 August 2014
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For the last five years, politicians of all shades have been banging on about how we should adopt this or that aspect of German economic policy. George Osborne argued in 2011: "We want to learn...
Christopher Snowdon
18 August 2014
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Obesity prevalence has increased sharply in Britain since the 1970s. Many public health campaigners portray Britain’s obesity ‘epidemic’ as being caused by the increased...
Sam Collins
17 August 2014
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It is easy to pick up a newspaper, watch television or look on a blog and assume the end is nigh. Between foreign affairs crises, demographic time bombs, debt icebergs and having only hours left to...
Roger Koppl
15 August 2014
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The recent economic crisis has destroyed some of the supposed ‘certainties’ of economic theory and policy. Both are in question as we try to understand the Great Recession and the long...
Mikko Arevuo
14 August 2014
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Randall Holcombe’s new textbook, Advanced Introduction to the Austrian School of Economics, is an important addition to the general Austrian economics literature. The book gives an erudite...
Kristian Niemietz
13 August 2014
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An unexpected increase in construction (from an extremely low base) has left building materials, especially bricks, in short supply, leading to a sudden surge in prices. Anti-development activists...
Ryan Bourne
12 August 2014
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It’s that time of year when the City’s offices seem empty. For many families with children, these weeks represent the last opportunity of the year to get away for a well-earned break. Yet...
Martin Ricketts
11 August 2014
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In the heyday of state interventionism that followed World War II, it fell to a relatively small group of economists to defend the seemingly outdated classical liberal inheritance and develop a...
Philip Booth
8 August 2014
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To me, reducing poverty matters very much. That is why I believe in a market economy. However, I am entirely uninterested in the issue of inequality. If you take the position that inequality matters...
Jonathan Stanley
7 August 2014
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Seemingly not a day goes by without a politician rallying voters with promises to improve NHS waiting times. Outside the UK this must be a very odd spectacle. This level of religious zeal for waiting...
Deirdre McCloskey
6 August 2014
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Deirdre McCloskey, author of The Bourgeois Era series, speaks to ieaTV about inequality, the amazing growth in the wealth of the working class over the past three hundred years and how wealth and...
Ryan Bourne
5 August 2014
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The classical liberal French economist Frédéric Bastiat once said that ‘government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavours to live at the expense of everybody...
Len Shackleton
4 August 2014
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For a long time, Germany did not have a national minimum wage – although unions, bargaining at industry level, were able to negotiate minima which held across all firms in specific industries....
Philip Booth
1 August 2014
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In the last week or two there have been calls for taxes on large supermarkets such as Tesco. Twenty local authorities have asked the government for formal powers to tax retailers and such taxes...