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Kristian Niemietz
1 July 2016
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The US TV series ‘Breaking Bad’ is about a middle-aged high school teacher, Walter White, who is diagnosed with lung cancer, and who is unable to afford the treatment his doctor...
Ryan Bourne
30 June 2016
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The consequences of the Brexit vote have been brutal for the political establishment. And rightly so given the shock result we saw last week. It highlighted a chasm between the accepted wisdom of...
Sophie Sandor
29 June 2016
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Scotland’s First Minister is now trying to take Scotland out of the UK because more Scottish people voted to remain in the EU than they did to leave – but there is something very wrong...
Daniel Ben-Ami
29 June 2016
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Anyone who has what might be called an instinct for freedom is likely to baulk at being dictated to by experts. A fundamental liberal principle is that individuals should have the autonomy to make...
Richard Teather
28 June 2016
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The opinion polls were wrong again; Brexit has won (and as a Lancastrian I was delighted to see the North stay solid for out).  But now the hard work begins of building alternative structures,...
Diego Zuluaga
27 June 2016
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This article is based on a presentation delivered at the Restructuring of the Global Economy (ROGE) conference, Oxford University.   It is a pleasure to address this conference on the...
Philip Booth
25 June 2016
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When you read this column, the result of the referendum on Britain’s EU membership will be known. Whatever the outcome, we must leave behind the depressing campaigns and move on to a politics...
Kristian Niemietz
24 June 2016
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Suppose there are two countries, 1 and 2, and two (mutually exclusive) policies, X and Y. In Country 1, the majority of people support X, and in Country 2, the majority support Y. ...
Philip Booth
23 June 2016
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There is a strong Catholic attachment to the European Union. This is especially so in countries where the faith seems to be waning rapidly, such as Germany and Austria. Such attachment is not...
Len Shackleton
22 June 2016
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Three main policy drives – on research, teaching quality and the promotion of social mobility – mean that in recent years, state influence over English universities has grown sharply...
Kristian Niemietz
21 June 2016
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In neoclassical textbook economics, consumer preferences are ‘given’. People come to the market with a fixed set of preferences, expressible as a utility function, and satisfying those...
Frank Hollenbeck
20 June 2016
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The United Kingdom will shortly vote either leave or remain in the European Union. This is the most important European event of this century since a vote to leave will likely have important domino...
Kevin Dowd
17 June 2016
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Amongst all the extraordinary nonsense spouted in the Brexit debate, on both sides, arguably the most infamous are the recent Treasury reports – here and here – on the impact of Brexit on...
Philip Booth
15 June 2016
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It is often argued that taxation to promote the position of the poor is somehow a moral act on behalf of those that are better off and paying taxes to finance the transfers to those who are worse off...
Len Shackleton
13 June 2016
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This article forms the basis of a presentation by Prof Shackleton at a seminar at Royal Holloway University of London.   Let me say first of all that I’m not a Brexiteer, at least not yet...
Lawrence W. Reed
10 June 2016
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In his book, ‘Biblical Economics’, theologian R. C. Sproul Jr. notes that Jesus "wants the poor to be helped" but not at gunpoint, which is essentially what government force is...
Christopher Snowdon
9 June 2016
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Of all the attempts of NHS mandarins to blame patients for the spiralling costs of their bureaucratic leviathan, Simon Stevens’ claims yesterday were perhaps the most gratuitously misleading....
Lawrence W. Reed
8 June 2016
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On June 16, 1992, London's Daily Telegraph reported this astonishingly bold remark by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev: "Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life...
Ryan Bourne
7 June 2016
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Following Michael Gove’s appearance in the Sky “debate” last week, the Stronger In campaign was always going to find some supposed slip-up to exploit. This time it was Gove’s...
Kristian Niemietz and Richard Wellings
6 June 2016
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The main objectives of EU transport policy can be placed into two broad categories. The first is to increase economic and social cohesion by improving transport links in order to reduce barriers to...