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Gabriel Sahlgren
8 January 2014
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The past decades have been a remarkable success story in terms of the trajectory of our well-being in old age. We live longer and our health has improved, which of course should be causes for...
Christopher Snowdon
7 January 2014
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Ed Miliband’s pledge to crack down on the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ is a significant moment in the extraordinary moral panic over fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). Last...
Philip Booth
6 January 2014
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Next year, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the former Competition Commission (CC) will be unified. The old joke ‘why is there only one monopolies commission?’ will ring true from...
G. R. Steele
3 January 2014
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The public at large takes a very dim view of banking. When the pre-fix ‘shadow’ is added, matters only get worse. Although ‘shadow’ refers to credit intermediation occurring...
Stephen Michael MacLean
2 January 2014
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‘What are the foundations of a free society?’ asks a recent IEA publication. What key components are essential for realising the common good, and how well does the United Kingdom meet...
Philip Booth
23 December 2013
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Pope Francis's Apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium is a manifesto for evangelisation that challenges every reader at every point in the development of the narrative. In nearly all parts of...
John Blundell
20 December 2013
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Students who cheat are more likely to want public sector careers. That is the core finding of Rema Hanna of Harvard’s Kennedy School and Shing-Yi Wang of Penn’s Wharton School in a recent...
Kristian Niemietz
19 December 2013
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I don’t have a ‘favourite blogger’ as such, but if I had to draw up a personal top-five list, it would definitely include Brendan O’Neill. If you are looking for an author who...
Philip Booth
18 December 2013
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  Mutuals and co-operatives have been promoted as the acceptable side of business by both arms of the coalition. Nick Clegg has lauded the Waitrose and John Lewis model. Advisers to David...
Steve Watt
17 December 2013
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Youth unemployment and long-term unemployment have increased dramatically in the UK since the introduction of the minimum wage. However, things could be worse. In France, on top of the minimum wage...
Kristian Niemietz
16 December 2013
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‘After years of sustained increases in demand for locally brewed beer, London’s brewery industry is facing a formidable capacity crisis, which is set to worsen as the expansion in demand...
Tom Miers
13 December 2013
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  That’s a question many have asked and few have answered convincingly. But one Swedish think tank has produced an index of healthcare performance in Europe and its 2013 results were...
Jamie Whyte
12 December 2013
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“Gravity exists. The world is round. Climate change is happening.” So tweeted Barack Obama's advocacy group Organizing for Action on Monday, adding the hashtag #ScienceSaysSo....
Louise Bennetts
11 December 2013
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A protectionist push is underway in the world’s two leading financial services economies. This threatens to undermine not only the already-weak recovery, but perhaps more importantly the...
Kristian Niemietz
10 December 2013
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The pre-Christmas period has begun, and with it, the hunt for Christmas presents. Do you find this irritating? Yes, you do. Trust Michael Sandel, the author of What Money Can't Buy: The Moral...
Philip Booth
9 December 2013
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Pope Francis had some dismissive things to say about the market economy and globalisation in his apostolic exhortation. Disappointingly, however, there was much use of the rhetorical tactic of...
Vlad Tarko
8 December 2013
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In the aftermath of the financial crisis, confidence in the long-term viability of Western-style capitalism seems to have plummeted. While opinions widely diverge about proposed solutions,...
Steve Davies
6 December 2013
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  The Chancellor's Autumn Statement certainly contained some good news - but not enough to justify the self-congratulation that we saw, given continued concerns about how well founded the...
Kristian Niemietz
5 December 2013
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George Osborne’s general approach to managing the nation’s finances could be described as chopping off bits and pieces here and there as he goes along, which would make him the Edward...
G. R. Steele
4 December 2013
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Keynesian demand management endures with the regular adjustment of short-term interest rates and the lowering of long-term interest rates, once short-term interest rates have been driven to their...