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Ryan Bourne
27 January 2015
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George Osborne has recently taken to the cause of securing ‘full employment’. A crude analysis might suggest that this a clever political move to focus attention on a Conservative success...
Ryan Bourne
27 January 2015
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If ‘tax avoidance’ is the answer, what is the question? For many years it might have been: ‘what subject excites only a small number of tax lawyers and HMRC officials?’ But in...
Ryan Bourne
20 January 2015
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One of the insights of the Public Choice School of economics is that voting groups with more homogenous interests will have much more influence on the political process than those with more diffuse...
Ryan Bourne
19 January 2015
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Global capitalism has eradicated poverty and generated prosperity in the developing world at an unprecedented rate. You might imagine that a global anti-poverty charity, such as Oxfam, would...
Ryan Bourne
16 January 2015
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"What is the point of walls and warships and glittering statues if the men who build them are not happy?’ asked Socrates in the 5th century BC. "It is preoccupation with possessions,...
Ryan Bourne
14 January 2015
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Last week, dreadful headlines and stories on A&E waiting times dominated the front pages of almost every national newspaper. If not for the sickening events in Paris the following day, the NHS...
Ryan Bourne
13 January 2015
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A lie, repeated often, becomes the truth in the public mind. That’s why, when a Fox News commentator suggests that Birmingham is a “Muslim-only city”, we feel it important to set...
Ryan Bourne
6 January 2015
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Friday 19 December 2014 was a happy day for many Londoners, marking their last in the office before Christmas. Yet amid all the festivities, you’d have been forgiven for missing something...
Ryan Bourne
29 December 2014
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The fallout from the Autumn Statement has mainly revolved around one Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) graph and the words of an excitable BBC journalist. The now infamous ‘Chart 1.1...
Ryan Bourne
20 December 2014
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No, I haven’t morphed into the Grinch. But given I work for an economics think-tank, this subject inevitably led to some heated debate among our colleagues at the staff Christmas party earlier...
Ryan Bourne
2 December 2014
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One hundred and fifty five. That’s the really significant number for those following tomorrow’s Autumn Statement. It’s nothing to do with how much the UK government is borrowing. In...
Philip Booth and Ryan Bourne
25 November 2014
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Fall-out from the Autumn Statement next week is likely to focus heavily on the slowdown in deficit reduction. Borrowing has been £3.7 billion higher this year so far compared with last, and it...
Ryan Bourne
24 November 2014
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Recent public finance statistics have suggested that the UK deficit has risen in the first seven months of the financial year 2014/15. The build up to the Autumn Statement has therefore seen much...
Ryan Bourne
18 November 2014
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‘The rich keep getting richer’. If you’ve been watching Channel 4 over recent weeks, you will likely have been subjected to unsubstantiated claims such as this. Viewers of last week...
Ryan Bourne
14 November 2014
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On Monday, I appeared on Channel 4’s ‘How Rich Are You’ programme to discuss solutions to the ‘problem’ of inequality. As I outlined in the previous blog post, the show...
Ryan Bourne
13 November 2014
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On Monday I appeared on a (recorded) Channel 4 ‘infotainment’ programme called ‘How Rich Are You?’ The appearance was sold to me as a serious attempt to discuss inequality:...
Ryan Bourne
11 November 2014
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Important voices are softening up the public for significant tax rises after next year’s election. Last week, the Institute for Fiscal Studies’s Paul Johnson wrote an article ...
Ryan Bourne
4 November 2014
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‘Never let a serious crisis go to waste’, concluded Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama’s ex-chief of staff. For our political commentators, a more accurate phrase might be ‘never let...
Ryan Bourne
29 October 2014
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Last week’s public-finance statistics were truly dreadful. They showed that despite a year of fairly robust economic growth, UK government borrowing since the start of the financial year 2014...
Ryan Bourne
28 October 2014
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McDonald's has been a major target for US protestors advocating a significant minimum wage hike. A multi-billion dollar company with a recognisable global brand, it has faced a high-profile...