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Kristian Niemietz
15 January 2013
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Econometric literature is notorious for its inconclusiveness. Even for seemingly straightforward issues such as the impact of minimum wage laws, you can always find econometric papers on both...
Kristian Niemietz
8 January 2013
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Anyone who has ever read half a page in a Public Choice textbook will, if nothing else, at least have taken the following insight on board: if the benefits of a policy are tangible and concentrated...
Philip Booth
3 January 2013
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If the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) were to issue a press release this holiday period, which of the following do you think would be the most likely headline? CPAG claims that the...
Kristian Niemietz
22 December 2012
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When I began working on poverty issues, I had the naïve idea that a child poverty activist was somebody who raised money to help poor children. That was not entirely wrong; there are a few...
Kristian Niemietz
7 December 2012
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  Right from the start, the guiding question behind the coalition’s fiscal strategy has been ‘Which consolidation measures are least likely to get us into trouble?’ rather...
Kristian Niemietz
30 November 2012
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  With the benefit of hindsight, articles on inflation from pre-monetarist days can make a very amusing read. Back then, economic journalists were essentially arguing that inflation is...
Kristian Niemietz
26 November 2012
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I suspect this hypothetical dialogue will look vaguely familiar to many readers: Europhile:        ‘The global economy of the future will be dominated by...
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...
Kristian Niemietz
24 October 2012
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  Have you heard about it? Trickle-down economics has failed. Barack Obama says so. Paul Krugman says so. The Wall Street Journal says so. The Guardian says so. You’ll hear it in...
Kristian Niemietz
16 October 2012
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  ‘If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it.’ This famous quote by Ronald Reagan was meant to be a summary of governments...
Kristian Niemietz
8 October 2012
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  It was utterly predictable that Germany’s political class would (ab)use the festivities of Unification Day to construct some bizarre justification for more Eurozone bailouts, and a...
Kristian Niemietz
2 October 2012
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Inequality worries a lot of people. According to the British Social Attitudes Survey, nearly four out of five respondents think the gap between the top and the bottom is too large. 57% believe the...
Kristian Niemietz
27 September 2012
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You have probably seen this video here, where Paul Krugman explains why the threat of an alien invasion could be a good thing. It would lead to the kind of stimulus package he wants: politicians...
Kristian Niemietz
13 September 2012
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  In 1997, I knew next to nothing about politics, and even less about British politics. But I remember the debates about the ‘Third Way’ quite vividly. For some, the Third Way...
Kristian Niemietz
7 September 2012
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There is a game, in the style of Trivial Pursuit, where one card reads something like: ‘Paul extinguished the flames by pouring champagne over them. That was efficient. Right or wrong...
Kristian Niemietz
8 August 2012
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When the ONS released its national happiness survey, critics complained that its results were trivial. But looking at how interest in the debate on happiness research has ebbed since then, I would...
Kristian Niemietz
20 July 2012
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  One of the advantages of allowing free schools is the greater diversity of educational philosophies that can result, provided free schools are not stifled by excessive...
Kristian Niemietz
6 July 2012
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How does your garden variety Malthusian react if a resource he has predicted to run out manifestly refuses to do so? 1. He rejoices, begins questioning his doomsayer philosophy, looks out for...