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Mark Littlewood
20 December 2010
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The so-called ‘cuts’ have dominated the political agenda since the coalition government was formed in May. In totality, the cuts are extraordinarily modest, amounting to a real terms...
David Atherton
7 September 2010
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Labour leadership candidate David Miliband has been posing as the champion of the Great British pub, saying he can save it by confronting large breweries over the beer tie. Under the beer tie, a...
Philip Booth
6 September 2010
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Opponents of a market economy often decry the operation of what they perceive to be selfishness in the market as well as problems of market failure such as the existence of externalities. Whilst I...
Philip Booth
28 July 2010
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Vince Cable suggested on Sunday that the payment of bank bonuses and dividends should be linked to whether or not they lent more to businesses. It is not clear exactly what he meant and there was no...
Philip Booth
23 March 2010
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            This interview with Philip Booth was conducted by Reuters for their Great Debate blog. 
Philip Booth
26 October 2009
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It is difficult to know where to start in writing a blog post about George Osborne’s proposals to ban high-street bank bonuses in cash of more than £2,000. Let me, instead, raise a...
Ian Senior
22 October 2009
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Way back in 1970, the IEA published my first monograph recommending the abolition of the then Post Office’s letter monopoly. In 1983, I followed up with Liberating the Letter: A proposal to...
D. R. Myddelton
1 October 2009
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Businesses are more regulated today than ever. But trends go on until they stop. With Arthur Seldon, I believe we should take more risks of under-regulation. The straw man of “perfect...
Philip Booth
27 August 2009
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This little gem recently came to my attention:    The Pythagorean Theorem has 24 words. The ten commandments (English version) contain 138 words. US regulations about cabbages...
Laurence Copeland
12 June 2009
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We could see it coming, couldn’t we? Those gigantic over-leveraged hedge funds were bound to come crashing down, as their massive bets turned sour, forcing them to default on their bank loans...
Razeen Sally
22 May 2009
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It is widely believed that India is forging a separate successful path to development, in contrast to the traditional comparative-advantage based development of China and the other east-Asian Tigers...
authors of Verdict on the Crash
12 May 2009
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In a statement published today in the Daily Telegraph and reproduced below, fourteen leading economists – authors of the comprehensive new IEA study, Verdict on the Crash - explain...
Dominique Lazanski
28 March 2009
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The government has just announced plans to monitor social networking sites, in the name of “anti-terrorism”. Officials claim that they will not be monitoring or recording the content of...
Philip Booth
20 February 2009
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This is not the first time this subject has been covered on the IEA blog – but the point needs repeating. We should remove all impediments to employment in a recession and this should include...
Philip Booth
4 February 2009
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On Monday, George Osborne made an interesting speech. It would have been a good opening statement at a dinner party of economists. There was a lot to chew on but the ideas were ill defined. But they...
Richard Wellings
18 December 2008
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The Madoff scandal is yet more bad news for the financial sector. Several major banks may have lost hundreds of millions of dollars in the alleged scam. An important question is whether this would...
Kristian Niemietz
3 December 2008
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Twenty-nine per cent of English homes are not ‘decent’ places to live, according to the latest edition of the English House Condition Survey. They fail to meet the ‘decent homes...