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Philip Booth
14 February 2013
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The government reached the position in 2009 where it could spend no more. In many respects the position was similar to that in which Britain found itself during the late 1970s. Government spending...
Kristian Niemietz
15 January 2013
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Econometric literature is notorious for its inconclusiveness. Even for seemingly straightforward issues such as the impact of minimum wage laws, you can always find econometric papers on both...
Philip Booth
3 January 2013
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If the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) were to issue a press release this holiday period, which of the following do you think would be the most likely headline? CPAG claims that the...
Kristian Niemietz
30 January 2012
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Once again, Britain is about to become the Bangladesh of Europe. At least this is the impression one could gather from listening to the poverty lobby and the wider anti-cuts front, including...
Christopher Snowdon
9 December 2011
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This week, the OECD issued a press release headlined ‘Governments must tackle record gap between rich and poor’. The report it heralded focused on the causes of growing inequality in...
James Stanfield
3 November 2011
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The recent call to cap the number of charity shops on Britain's high streets sheds light on some of the hidden costs and unintended consequences of charitable giving and the fact that too much...
Kristian Niemietz
30 August 2011
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Being too busy torching, looting and vandalising, the London rioters and their offshoots in other cities could not be bothered to prepare banners expressing their ‘political demands’,...
Kristian Niemietz
12 August 2011
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Gerhart Hauptmann´s 1911 novel „Die Ratten“ (Engl. „The Rats“), set in a deprived borough of Berlin, was a powerful critique of a concept of morality that ignored the...
Kristian Niemietz
25 January 2011
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What is ‘poverty’? It might sound a basic question but, when we hear about x percent of people ‘living in poverty’, what does that actually mean? The policy review conducted...
Peter King
8 November 2010
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Despite the comments yesterday from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the coalition’s decision to introduce a limited form of workfare into the UK benefits system is a huge step forward....
Peter King
28 October 2010
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After a slow start to the debate about the coalition’s reforms to Housing Benefit things seem to be hotting up somewhat. The government proposes capping payments to households at a...
Philip Booth
22 October 2010
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I must confess to being taken aback by the emphasis in popular comment about the impact of the CSR on the poor. I completely ignored the issue both in my comments on Jeff Randall’s show and in...
Kristian Niemietz
28 May 2010
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“The purpose of my life here is to improve the quality of life of the worst off in society.” Such ambitious rhetoric is not unusual for new incumbents at the Department for Work and...
Kristian Niemietz
2 September 2009
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In A History of Modern Britain, Andrew Marr describes post-war Britain as a grim place in material terms. In 1950, only 4% of the adult population owned a television, and only 3% went on holidays...
Art Carden and Joshua Hall
25 August 2009
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The International Labor Organization and other groups argue that the absence of international labour standards makes it harder for the world’s poor to escape poverty; further,...
Kristian Niemietz
1 July 2009
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“Approximately 32 per cent of children in Wales – 192,000 children – live in poverty”, argues a condensed report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The paper (which builds on...
Peter King
1 May 2009
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A fellow academic recently commented that the phrase “housing for the poor”, which was used in the title of an issue of Economic Affairs I edited in 2008, was, to quote, “...
Kristian Niemietz
27 April 2009
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In the early 1990s, Nigel Lawson dubbed the NHS “the closest thing the English have to a religion”. Today, this religion has probably been replaced by a more disillusioned belief that...
Kristian Niemietz
13 March 2009
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Past experience is the foundation on which our beliefs about the desirability of different policies and institutions are mainly based … While the events of the past are the source of...
Richard Wellings
5 February 2009
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Recent unrest in Latvia and Bulgaria has emphasised the economic difficulties faced by the formerly communist countries in central and eastern Europe. Indeed a new IEA study, New Europe’s Old...