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Kristian Niemietz
5 May 2016
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A while ago, a powerful image was making the rounds on social media. It contrasted a part of the US-Mexican border, with its massive fence, to a part of the Dutch-Belgian border, which was just a...
Ryan Bourne
4 May 2016
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Not content with setting the wages in future of up to 20 per cent of the private sector workforce through its National Living Wage, the government has now decided to clamp down on tipping practices...
Stephen Littlechild
3 May 2016
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On 17 March 2016 the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published its Provisional Decision on Remedies in its investigation of the energy market. The following is a summary of the concerns...
Len Shackleton
29 April 2016
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  On 27 April 2016, the JustShare group held a debate on the Trade Union Bill at St James's church in Piccadilly. The article below is based on Prof Shackleton’s contribution.  ...
Ryan Bourne
28 April 2016
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Today, the IEA publishes ‘In Focus: The Case for Privatising the BBC’. My chapter examined instances of bias in BBC coverage. In that essay, I readily admit that all broadcasters are...
Steve Davies
27 April 2016
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To the non-economist, all goods and services are the same in terms of their basic nature, however much they vary in superficial details. Economists, however, have known for a long time that this is...
Ryan Bourne
26 April 2016
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Conventional commentariat wisdom has it that the EU referendum pits those concerned about economics versus those concerned about immigration. But a quick perusal of the leading intellectual voices...
Diego Zuluaga
25 April 2016
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At the end of last year, the IEA published Forever contemporary, its monograph commemorating the life and intellectual legacy of Ronald Coase. The shadow of this longest-lived of Economics Nobel...
Diego Zuluaga
22 April 2016
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Eurosceptics claim that UK sovereignty is hopelessly hampered by EU membership. This is inaccurate. Most key state powers such as taxation, welfare, healthcare, education, planning and much...
Philip Booth
21 April 2016
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The government is currently considering responses to a submission on whether it should take action on ticket touts. We do not live in an under-regulated country and it does not seem to me that the...
Len Shackleton
20 April 2016
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The gender pay gap continues to attract passionate attention on both sides of the Atlantic. It has been known for many years that the size of this gap is associated with the relative proportion of...
Philip Booth
19 April 2016
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The City is split when it comes to Brexit. Certainly, the larger City institutions with significant EU business tend to side with Remain. However, smaller companies and those with a more global...
Christopher Snowdon
18 April 2016
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Last year, Exeter became the latest city in Britain to introduce a local currency. Totnes, Bristol and Lewes had already done so. Supporters of the Exeter Pound, which can only be exchanged at...
Razeen Sally
15 April 2016
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“Social market economy” is a vague slogan in European political debate. The term originated in Germany. But what does it really mean? Most people think it means a mixed economy, combining...
Len Shackleton
14 April 2016
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‘Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?’ is the rather clumsy question – its wording has been fought over – with which...
Len Shackleton
13 April 2016
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The Prime Minister’s decision to open his tax returns to public scrutiny, while understandable, sets a precedent we may come to regret. However entertaining it is to see our leaders squirm...
Ryan Bourne
12 April 2016
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"A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth.” This quotation has been attributed to a whole range of undesirable people, from Goebbels to Lenin. But in the case of the discussion of...
Sarah Skwire
11 April 2016
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In the 1920s, the average housewife spent about 11.5 hours per week on laundry and ironing. By 1965, that had dropped to just under 7 hours. In 2014, that average housewife (and her spouse...
Philippe Legrain
7 April 2016
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It is normal to feel sympathy for the 15,000 employees of Tata Steel who are set to lose their jobs if the Indian company cannot find a buyer for its heavily lossmaking UK operations. “This...
Philip Booth
6 April 2016
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Benjamin Wrench recently wrote a paper titled Risk and Reward: why the EU separates risk from reward and what this means for the City. This blog post is a rough transcript of Prof Booth’s...