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Kristian Niemietz
13 November 2012
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  The Dutch sometimes find it annoying that most people use the terms ‘Holland’ and ‘the Netherlands’ as synonyms. Holland, they insist, is just one part of the...
Kristian Niemietz
8 November 2012
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When you get stuck on the tube, and hear the driver’s voice on the loudspeaker saying ‘we are currently being held here at a red signal’ – do you sometimes feel a flash of...
Kristian Niemietz
2 November 2012
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  A while ago, I saw a study on American attitudes towards the death penalty, and in particular, on how the belief in its deterrent effect correlates with the belief in its moral...
Len Shackleton
9 October 2012
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  After apparently backing away from comprehensive schemes for liberalising the labour market, the government yesterday made a small gesture in this direction. In his Conservative conference...
Len Shackleton
1 October 2012
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It is very difficult to deregulate the labour market. Here is a timely case in point – the continuing existence of the Agricultural Wages Board, which sets the new rates of pay for various...
Len Shackleton
11 September 2012
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Last week Ed Miliband suggested that a new Labour government could introduce a requirement for all government contractors to pay a ‘living wage’ well in excess of the national minimum...
Philip Booth
24 July 2012
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Employment minister Chris Grayling might be going on holiday pretty chuffed with himself after the latest employment figures. On the other hand, a lot of other ministers have much to think about as...
Len Shackleton
24 May 2012
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Adrian Beecroft’s suggestions to lift some of the burden which employment regulation places on business deserve a fuller consideration than they appear to be getting from the government. The...
Len Shackleton
8 May 2012
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I am looking forward to the Olympics as I’m sure you are. But I’m also sure I’m not alone in wondering quite why we have needed to spend £9.3 billion (the Public Accounts...
Len Shackleton
27 April 2012
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Age discrimination is one of the fastest-growing categories of Employment Tribunal claim. In the last full year for which figures are available, there were 6800 claims, as against only 5200 the...
Mike Buchanan
24 April 2012
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It is frequently and confidently asserted (and inferred) by proponents of ‘improved’ gender diversity in the boardroom – henceforth ‘GDITB’ – that there exists a...
Len Shackleton
28 October 2011
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  The Coalition is already planning to lengthen the qualifying period of employment before people can claim they have been unfairly dismissed from one year to two years. It is also proposing...
Kristian Niemietz
23 September 2011
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It may seem like a tale from a bygone age, but not that long ago the UK was envied by many of its neighbours for its impressive labour market performance. In the decade from 1998 to 2008, while the...
Len Shackleton
8 September 2011
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  The Daycare Trust and Save the Children have published the results of a survey suggesting that almost a quarter of parents with young children have gone into debt to pay for childcare. It...
Ruth Porter
1 September 2011
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The latest gender pay statistics have provoked the usual storm of nonsense. Apparently, the Government should increase regulatory burdens on businesses, at a time when our economy is seriously...
Karthik Reddy
1 August 2011
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An oft-overlooked effect of wage floors is that they permit and even encourage various forms of discrimination. Discrimination is an unfortunate yet persistent tendency that continues to exist in...
Len Shackleton
5 July 2011
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The Office for National Statistics has published a new estimate of the size of the hourly pay gap between the public and private sectors. It shows that, after correcting for factors such as the...
Mark Littlewood
1 July 2011
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The strikes and protests witnessed in Britain's cities this week may well signal the start of a phase of industrial disputes, as public sector employees fight to retain the rather substantial...
Kristian Niemietz
22 June 2011
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In the March issue of Economic Affairs, a paper by Karthik Reddy analysed the empirical literature on the employment effects of minimum wages. The paper shows that there was indeed a period in...
Tom Papworth
2 June 2011
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Over at the Adam Smith Institute, Sam Bowman is discussing the minimum wage again. However, as is always the case in minimum wage arguments, supporters of a legal price floor are quick to...