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Ryan Bourne
8 May 2014
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Earlier this week, I penned a comment piece for City AM on Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century. One of the things that I outlined there was that I believe for some...
Philip Booth
7 May 2014
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Our financial regulators are not known for their incisive economic analysis, but more for tying up in red tape sectors of the economy that were hitherto performing tolerably well – normally...
Ryan Bourne
7 May 2014
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Over the past week, the Labour Party has announced new policies on housing. Billed as attempts to help alleviate the ‘cost of living crisis’, the proposals comprise three elements: -...
Kevin Dowd
6 May 2014
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In a recent Financial Times article Martin Wolf announced his conversion to the view that private banks should be stripped of their ability to create money. The proposal to end private money is an...
Ryan Bourne
6 May 2014
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Thomas Piketty makes some bold claims about the future of capitalism. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, he observes that, in capitalist economies, the rate of return on capital (r) tends to be...
Kristian Niemietz
2 May 2014
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To deal with the problem of escalating rents, Ed Miliband plans to introduce what amounts to a variation of ‘second generation rent controls’ (SGRCs). Under SGRCs, landlords are free to...
Philip Booth
1 May 2014
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Two fallacies are common in the EU debate. One is the ‘nirvana fallacy’, the idea that, if we leave the EU, we will have optimal policy at home. In financial services, for instance, while...
Kristian Niemietz
30 April 2014
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Over the past few years, spiked online magazine has consistently and robustly defended the principle of free speech against the censorship demands of the politically correct, whatever quarter they...
Ryan Bourne
29 April 2014
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Yesterday saw the House of Commons give the green light to HS2 at second reading, with the bill now heading into committee stage. And as the debate has twisted and turned over the years, so the...
Kristian Niemietz
28 April 2014
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The Labour Party plans to increase national insurance contributions in order to raise an additional £30 billion for NHS spending. Not such a bright idea, given the obvious adverse effect on...
Kristian Niemietz
25 April 2014
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The coalition is considering plans to loosen the rules governing the development of new infrastructure, fracking sites, and potentially housing, to facilitate investment. The specifics are not yet...
Len Shackleton
24 April 2014
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Two interesting equal pay issues have come to light recently. In one, concluded yesterday, a group of male manual workers originally employed by Swansea Metropolitan University, which merged with the...
Anna Rowlands and Philip Booth
23 April 2014
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    Anna Rowlands: Philip Booth raises the question of a Catholic reflection on the role of the state, and whether the Cardinal’s comments place him in a position of personal opinion...
Ryan Bourne
22 April 2014
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Pay growth at 1.7 per cent, inflation at 1.6 per cent on the consumer price index (CPI), real wages increasing. One commentator stated this was the coalition’s ‘mission accomplished...
Philip Booth and Anna Rowlands
17 April 2014
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  Anna Rowlands: Ensuring that all citizens are protected from destitution and receive basic care and subsistence when in dire need has typically been seen as the core purpose of the welfare...
Nima Sanandaji and Stefan Fölster
16 April 2014
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As Britain's short term growth prospects improve, pressure for further economic reforms recedes. Over the past two years Parliament has enacted few structural reforms, and the pace is likely to...
Ryan Bourne
15 April 2014
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With the ‘stimulus’ versus ‘austerity’ debate having receded, George Osborne likes to talk instead about his ‘long-term economic plan’. This has been dominated by...
Kristian Niemietz
14 April 2014
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If you’ve ever wondered why the airport capacity debate has become so problematic, two contributions last week, each exemplifying one of the camps by which it is dominated, show why. First,...
Robert C. B. Miller
11 April 2014
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At the end of last month, the Archbishop of Canterbury (Justin Welby) gave a talk to a gathering of representatives of Anglican religious communities at Lambeth Palace. The Archbishop’s talk...
Mark Littlewood
10 April 2014
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Though you wouldn’t know it if from watching the BBC, opinion polls suggest that about half of British people want to leave the EU. But, what would we do if we left? If there is a referendum on...