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Len Shackleton
9 June 2014
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HMRC has just published a new list of 25 employers who have failed to pay the National Minimum Wage. This is part of a ‘naming and shaming’ exercise under a policy announced last year....
Ryan Bourne
7 June 2014
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Given the huge structural challenges our economy still faces and with the government still borrowing around £100 billion per year, it felt somewhat trivial for Queen’s Speech day to be...
Philipp Bagus
6 June 2014
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Thomas Piketty´s book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, on growing inequality in capitalism, has become a bestseller. Piketty offers much data claiming that inequality is rising and draws...
Massimiliano Trovato and Diego Zuluaga
5 June 2014
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How do you foster the emergence of a vibrant digital sector in Europe? This question has preoccupied policy-makers in Brussels for some time, so much so that in 2010 the European Commission created...
Philip Booth
4 June 2014
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In the Queen’s Speech today, the government is likely to give the go-ahead for large pension schemes along Dutch lines. Such collective defined contribution schemes have many advantages. They...
Ryan Bourne
3 June 2014
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Do you ever feel government isn’t fit for purpose? The evidence suggests you’re not alone. The EU elections saw anti-establishment parties tear chunks out of mainstream incumbents. In the...
Lars Christensen
2 June 2014
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Allan Meltzer is one of the greatest economists of his generation. I have admired Meltzer since I started studying economics in the early 1990s, and his work on monetary theory has had a very...
Arshia Hashemi
30 May 2014
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Problems with foreign aid are pervasive. There is plenty of discussion in the development community about aid worsening corruption in recipient countries, delaying progress towards democracy and...
Frank Hollenbeck
29 May 2014
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Should we print, not print? Stimulate, not stimulate? Is austerity the right or wrong policy? Is government spending or printing effective? If we ask two economists these questions, we will likely...
Kristian Niemietz
27 May 2014
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    Developer:   Hello, I would like to apply for planning permission for a residential development just out of town. Planner:   Forget it. Don’t even bother...
Philip Booth
23 May 2014
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    While the income of a minority is increasing exponentially, that of the majority is crumbling. - Pope Francis We, as the Catholic Church, have to make our voice heard in this regard as...
Philip Booth
22 May 2014
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Yesterday, Catholic Archbishop George Stack made some remarks about poverty which, like so many remarks made by bishops on the subject, took statistics out of context in order to justify very...
Ryan Bourne
20 May 2014
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The Labour Party used to be ‘intensely relaxed’ about people getting rich. Now it is ‘intensely relaxed’ about the ability of governments, rather than markets, to set prices...
Ryan Bourne
19 May 2014
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Over the past week, there have been trade union protests about both low hourly pay and zero hours contracts. On Wednesday, the GMB Union protested outside the retailer Next’s AGM in order to...
Philip Booth
18 May 2014
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According to columnists on the left, Thomas Piketty’s new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has not been adequately answered by those who believe in free-market capitalism. One obvious...
Richard Wellings
16 May 2014
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The government spends a staggering £90 billion per annum on education. It is the largest item after health and welfare. However, there is relatively little discussion of whether resources are...
Philip Booth
15 May 2014
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If somebody were to start an engineering textbook by saying that the maximum theoretical speed of a perfect car was the speed of light and that a car that travelled at any speed lower than that was a...
Steven Kates
14 May 2014
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I am reading the Economist and Financial Times 2013 book of the year, Stephen D. King's When the Money Runs Out: The End of Western Affluence. From its pages I can certainly see what the latest...
Ryan Bourne
13 May 2014
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Economic protectionism is back. UKIP has put immigration at the forefront of its EU election campaign, implying that competition in the jobs market from EU nationals is bad for UK interests. Labour...
Philip Booth
12 May 2014
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No major political party is interested in a radical decentralisation of power. The Conservatives, in particular, are scarred by their experiences of ‘loony-left’ councils in the 1980s,...