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Kristian Niemietz
28 January 2009
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Once the current recession is finally over, poverty researchers might well find themselves confronted with a puzzle. For it is entirely possible that the downturn will actually help the government...
Kristian Niemietz
20 January 2009
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In a recent IEA discussion paper, Nick Silver argues that official figures display less than a fifth of the UK’s actual public debt. This is because pension entitlements constitute debt in all...
Kristian Niemietz
16 January 2009
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There is a country in Europe where it is estimated that 20% of households have to live on less than half the average income. Among the working population, the bottom 30% receives just 7% of total...
Kristian Niemietz
9 January 2009
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Philip Booth’s blog article about Pope Pius IX reminded me of another historical figure who predicted, with an astonishing degree of accuracy, what life would be like in a socialist state....
Kristian Niemietz
11 December 2008
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The online edition of the Handelsblatt, a major German business newspaper, recently featured an op-ed blaming government-created ’fiat money’ for the current financial crisis. It...
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...
Kristian Niemietz
27 November 2008
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I have written on this blog about some of the logical flaws associated with ‘relative poverty’, arguing that even if we were to accept the premise that poverty was a relative concept, it...
Kristian Niemietz
13 November 2008
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On Monday this week, the New Policy Institute released a report called Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in Scotland 2008, which appears to have encouraging findings. According to the report,...
Kristian Niemietz
6 November 2008
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This Sunday will be the 19th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – one of the greatest victories for freedom in contemporary history, and a powerful reminder that huge advances in...
Kristian Niemietz
27 October 2008
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A new report by the OECD, Growing Unequal? Income Distribution and Poverty in OECD Countries, warns: “Poverty is rising in OECD countries. Over the past 20 years, it has risen from 9.3% to 10....
Kristian Niemietz
21 October 2008
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Today, the government of Argentina will announce the annulment of the country’s private pension system introduced in 1994. The savings funds of 12 million workers will be nationalised. With...
Kristian Niemietz
14 October 2008
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In an interview with Spiegel Online, 2006 Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus states that the current financial crisis is proof that capitalism has gone wild: “Adam Smith’s invisible hand,...
Kristian Niemietz
1 October 2008
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In the introduction to The Revolution – A Manifesto, the Republican enfant terrible Ron Paul describes the limited set of choices presented to US voters in most elections: more public spending...
Kristian Niemietz
23 September 2008
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The Liberal Democrats recently became the first major political party to endorse fully the right of patients to top-up their National Health Service care privately. Labour and the Conservatives...
Kristian Niemietz
10 September 2008
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The aerial photograph on the company’s website shows a small residential area located on a riverbank, surrounded by trees and pastures. But the idyllic impression is deceptive. This estate has...

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