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Ryan Bourne
15 October 2014
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Yesterday’s inflation figures – with CPI inflation down to 1.2 per cent - are, on the face of it, good news, but not necessarily for the government finances. As Sam Bowman of the ASI has...
Ryan Bourne
14 October 2014
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‘Race relations/immigration’ is now ranked by voters as the most important issue facing Britain, according to Ipsos MORI. On 39 per cent, it’s above the economy and the NHS –...
John H. Cochrane
13 October 2014
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The FT's Martin Wolf weighs in on ‘Why inequality is such a drag on economies’. This is the question that was bugging me last week. Why is inequality a problem in and of itself,...
Carlo Stagnaro
10 October 2014
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The European Commission has given the green light to the construction of a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point. This may or may not be part of a nuclear renaissance, but it is definitely a further...
Philip Booth and Ryan Bourne
9 October 2014
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The Liberal Democrats have proposed raising the top rate of capital gains tax (CGT) to 35 per cent in order to reduce taxes on the least well off. Go to the back of the class! CGT is a bad tax...
Steven Kates
8 October 2014
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The text of the first edition of Free Market Economics: An Introduction for the General Reader was written in a kind of white heat over twelve weeks during the first months of the worldwide...
Philip Booth
7 October 2014
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There is a time and a place for ‘sloganeering’ – the use of casual phrases to communicate complex messages. In my view, ordained ministers of the Church should avoid sloganeering...
Christian Bjørnskov
6 October 2014
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Despite widespread growth and unprecedented prosperity, almost a billion people live in absolute poverty. An entire industry has developed with the sole purpose of helping these people. Yet, many...
Kristian Niemietz
3 October 2014
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A while ago, a friend from abroad who was visiting me in London asked me what I thought about the government’s plans to privatise the NHS. Slightly irritated, I assured him that no such plans...
Philip Booth
2 October 2014
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George Osborne’s conference speech earlier this week brought back memories of a paper that was published by the IEA back in 2011 called Sharing the Burden which caused something of a storm. The...
Kristian Niemietz
30 September 2014
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There can be no doubt that spending on working-age benefits is out of control. Over the past decade alone, spending on Housing Benefit has increased from about £16 billion to £25 billion...
Kristian Niemietz
29 September 2014
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In a more rational world, planning reform would not be a tribal issue. It would, on the contrary, be an issue around which people from all major political camps could coalesce. Albeit for different...
Glynn Brailsford
26 September 2014
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Tax is the single biggest area of expenditure for low-income groups and indirect taxes in particular are a major cause of Britain’s cost of living crisis. Despite significantly lower rates of...
Ryan Bourne
25 September 2014
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Earlier this week, I outlined the red herrings that distort the debate about low pay and the cost of living. These create an environment for politicians to advocate economically damaging...
Geoffrey E. Wood
24 September 2014
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We often hear when a group of lower-paid workers goes on strike that they ‘deserve more’, that they ‘need a living wage’. There is now something called the ‘London...
Mark Littlewood
23 September 2014
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If necessity is the mother of invention, politicians of all stripes will have to be spectacularly inventive in dealing with the fallout from the Scottish referendum result. And we may yet stumble...
Ryan Bourne
22 September 2014
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Since the publication of Kristian Niemietz’s seminal work Redefining the Poverty Debate in 2012, many of us have been arguing for a new approach to the perceived problem of poverty and low pay...
Mark Littlewood
21 September 2014
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In this new video for ieaTV, IEA Director General Mark Littlewood explains how liberalising the UK’s suffocating planning laws would have a profound and beneficial effect on the cost of living...
Philip Booth
19 September 2014
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In denying the Scots the option of devo-max, David Cameron made arguably the most monumental mistake of any recent premiership. The fairly narrow ‘no’ vote could lead to the worst...
Len Shackleton
18 September 2014
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Greg Dyke, the Chairman of the Football Association, is proposing a new set of rules about the eligibility of non-EU footballers for work visas. The proposals, which would aim to reduce the...