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Paul Robinson
19 March 2013
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While it may be true that richer nations have a moral obligation to assist those less fortunate than themselves, the extent to which foreign aid does actually help its recipients is questionable....
Philip Booth
18 March 2013
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  The chancellor should announce that this will be the last annual budget of its type. Unfortunately, the budget is now used to make announcements that have nothing to do with Treasury...
14 March 2013
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Philip Booth
14 March 2013
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Alberto Mingardi
13 March 2013
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  Economic historian William Letwin passed away, aged 90, a few days ago. Professor Letwin belonged to a prominent family: his wife, Shirley Robin Letwin, was a philosopher and social critic...
Philip Booth
13 March 2013
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Fortunately, as I am in Iceland at the moment, I managed to miss yet another appearance on Newsnight by Paul Krugman. However, I gather that he said: ‘The British economy is somehow employing...
Kevin Dowd
12 March 2013
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  The subject of pensions must be one of the most boring imaginable, but one thing that is even less appealing is a long retirement lived out in grinding poverty. Yet all over the developed...
Mark Littlewood
12 March 2013
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British Chancellor George Osborne and United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron received a timely reminder today that their tough-sounding rhetoric about getting the nation's public finances...
Anthony J. Evans
11 March 2013
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  A recent article by Alex Hern at the New Statesman has argued that likening the UK economy to a credit card is ‘pernicious’, and in a resulting exchange via Twitter he has...
Carlo Stagnaro
10 March 2013
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  Italy had its general election on February 25-26. The centre-left coalition led by the Democratic Party’s Pier Luigi Bersani obtained a large majority in the Chamber - where the...
Christopher Snowdon
8 March 2013
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  Last year, the IEA published Sock Puppets, a report that examined the British government’s extensive funding of charities and pressure groups. This week sees the publication of Euro...
Len Shackleton
7 March 2013
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  As we move towards the budget we will be hearing more and more warnings about the impact of further cuts in public sector employment. One line, pursued repeatedly by the TUC and the...
Steve Davies
7 March 2013
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The government yesterday announced major plans to clamp down on the practices of payday loan companies like Wonga. Although sensibly deciding against a cap on interest rates, restrictions on...
Kristian Niemietz
6 March 2013
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Poverty cannot be meaningfully debated without due regard for a population’s demographic risk profile. When it comes to child poverty, this must include a discussion of the role of single...
Emmanuel Martin
5 March 2013
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French president Francois Hollande is walking on a tightrope. Many of the promises he has made seem to be untenable. Firstly, Mr. Hollande has failed to ‘stimulate’ French growth. The...
G. R. Steele
4 March 2013
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Keynesian economists have an enduring disposition to spend their way out of trouble. This is so even when overspending has caused the trouble. Gone are the days when expenditure and taxation were...
Christopher Snowdon
1 March 2013
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An editorial published in the British Medical Journal today calls for ‘a complete ban on alcohol advertising and sponsorship’. The authors cite concerns about underage drinking as...
Steven Kates
28 February 2013
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Has Keynesian economics reached the final frontier of idiocy? I may live on the other side of the world, but this article in The Telegraph found its way to me. It is a story that makes me think...
Kristian Niemietz
26 February 2013
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If you want to get an idea of the poverty industry’s attitude towards poor people, think of an ultra-overprotective parent, who thinks the best way to spare their children from experiencing...
Mark Littlewood
25 February 2013
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A major irritation for anyone attempting to engage in an informed public discussion of economic policy is the media’s desire to latch onto any piece of news which makes a snappy...