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Ryan Bourne
24 March 2014
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‘Decentralisation. Decentralisation. Decentralisation’. It doesn’t have the same ring to it as Tony Blair’s ‘Education’ mantra, but there’s a significant...
Kristian Niemietz
23 March 2014
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The Budget announced an abolition of the higher rates of Air Passenger Duty (APD). Fair enough, given that average rates of APD – a duty which is generally justified in environmental terms...
Christopher Snowdon
21 March 2014
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On Sunday, the Observer reported that ‘Inequality costs Britain £39bn a year’. This is based on the belief that ‘a more equal UK would experience less crime and imprisonment,...
Stephen Littlechild
20 March 2014
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Ofgem, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will shortly issue an assessment of how well competition in the markets for gas and electricity is serving the...
Ryan Bourne
20 March 2014
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  With the fiscal situation still tight, and a year to go before an election in which the Chancellor will accuse the opposition of fiscal profligacy, it was never likely that this was going to...
Richard Wellings
19 March 2014
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History is unlikely to be kind to George Osborne. Four years after he became Chancellor, the national debt has exploded, the budget deficit remains at dangerously high levels and an increasing share...
Kristian Niemietz
18 March 2014
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Childcare policy used to be a very simple issue. Classical liberals, and many conservatives, used to argue that if parents with young children wanted to earn two salaries, then they should pay for...
Ryan Bourne
18 March 2014
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With Budget day upon us tomorrow, we can expect to be told that we are almost half-way through the government’s planned fiscal consolidation. Politicians will talk about how they are...
Agatha-Christie Onwuzuruike
17 March 2014
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The centenary of the beginning of World War I is fast approaching. Not only is it a time to remember those that lost their lives; it offers economists young and old a lesson in behavioural economics...
Kristian Niemietz
14 March 2014
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Gatwick Airport has offered to compensate nearby residents for the increase in aircraft noise that will result if the operator gets the go-ahead to build a second runway. Under Gatwick’s...
Jagadeesh Gokhale
13 March 2014
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The national budget reports of most developed nations are based on current cash flows of tax collections and government expenditures - and views on national indebtedness are based on metrics such as...
Len Shackleton
12 March 2014
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I’ve had more than my quota of quotas. Economists have long been critical of these devices, which arise in many different contexts. Import quotas are a non-tariff barrier to trade: countries,...
James Croft
11 March 2014
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For entrepreneurs to succeed, they need space to innovate that is sufficiently free of regulatory constraints, buyers who are receptive to their breakthroughs and uninhibited in their procurement...
Ryan Bourne
10 March 2014
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There’s just eight days to go until the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivers his penultimate budget before next year’s general election. In recent years, the budgets have...
Kristian Niemietz
10 March 2014
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Ah, rent controls. It is one of those ideas, like the Living Wage and higher taxes for the rich, that just about everybody seems to be in favour of these days, especially in London. And clearly, the...
Grant Tucker
8 March 2014
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Join us for Freedom Forum 2014, the UK’s largest gathering of pro-liberty students and young professionals! Friday 11th April 7pm – Sunday 13th April 5pm This week saw Liberty League...
Christopher Snowdon
6 March 2014
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The recent suggestion by the chief medical officer Sally Davies that ‘we may need to introduce a sugar tax’ is a tribute to the extraordinary media profile of Action on Sugar, the latest...
Philip Booth and Carlo Stagnaro
5 March 2014
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Europe’s plan to decarbonise its economy by 2030 is very likely to meet Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different...
Ryan Bourne
4 March 2014
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We should expect to hear much more about the future of the BBC in the next few months. Its Royal Charter is due for renewal in 2016, and there have already been murmurings about the sustainability of...
Philip Booth and Sushil Mohan
3 March 2014
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Fairtrade is part of the rich tapestry of institutions that develops in market economies to bring together consumers and producers. Fairtrade opens up an additional trading channel within the market...