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Christopher Snowdon
1 March 2012
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The early findings of the Office for National Statistics’ much-discussed survey of national well-being have confirmed what anybody who is familiar with the field of ‘happiness...
Tim Congdon
29 February 2012
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Free market capitalism is the best system of economic organisation ever devised. The 20th century demonstrated that it is consistent with both material prosperity and personal freedom. However, the...
Philip Booth
20 February 2012
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Recent US growth figures seem to have re-energised naive Keynesians who, lacking any real evidence or credible prior theory for their case, leap upon anything that can justify policies that involve...
Ruth Porter
16 February 2012
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To hear First Minister Alex Salmond tell it, gaining independence from the U.K. is the most pressing issue facing Scots. But a look at the state of the Scottish economy, with public spending...
Philip Booth
15 February 2012
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The UK has been put on a credit-rating downgrade watch. This is not surprising, but one wonders whether Moody’s is focusing on the right issues. In particular, Moody’s cited the lack of...
Stephen Michael MacLean
6 February 2012
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Who among us hasn’t wiled away a lazy hour with travel fantasies, courtesy of Google Maps? Not the French, apparently, who seem to have little appreciation for Google Maps’ indulgence...
Linda Whetstone
3 February 2012
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Government spending and regulation come about through an alliance of interests both within and outside the government, and once established the incentives to either grow the intervention or to...
Mark Pennington
1 February 2012
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The mention of public choice theory to those on ‘the left’ of politics can prompt a variety of reactions. Some are based on ignorance about the very existence of public choice economics...
Philip Booth
31 January 2012
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Apparently, the World Economic Forum – a pre-skiing holiday talking shop for many of its attendees - exists as “an independent international organization committed to improving the...
Tom Papworth
26 January 2012
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Over at the Adam Smith Institute blog, Jan Boucek has a typically pugnacious article slapping down the Prime Minister for relying on ‘market failure’ as an excuse to meddle in the...
John Blundell
18 January 2012
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Why it took National Lottery funds to make this movie and what Americans make of the opening credit are questions I cannot answer. And this is a very hard movie to review by somebody such as myself...
Ruth Porter
16 January 2012
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When it comes to happiness, myths abound. For centuries we have hotly debated what makes a good life, where satisfaction ultimately comes from and fundamentally how we can be happy. The...
Philip Booth
16 January 2012
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A major policy plank in the re-branding of the Conservative Party has been the adoption of well-being economics – one of the favourite fads of the left. Six years ago, David Cameron made a...
Chris Snowdon
13 January 2012
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  The New Economics Foundation recently revived its idea of restricting working hours to 21 hours per week as a means of creating full employment and achieving the work-life balance that is...
Len Shackleton
12 January 2012
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Mark Blaug was the leading historian of economic thought of his generation, and the successive editions of his Economic Theory in Retrospect make the insights of the classical economists accessible...
Steve Davies
3 January 2012
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  A lot of people are looking to economic history for help in understanding the current economic situation. Most attention is being paid to the Great Depression of the 1930s, with a slew of...
Nick Hayns
13 December 2011
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It seems to be something of a truism in politics that if an untruth is repeated loud enough and with enough frequency it becomes imbued with a de-facto plausibility. 'It must be a good idea if...
Ángel Martín Oro
12 December 2011
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Almost everyone expected the Socialist Party to lose the recent Spanish elections by a wide margin. Their mismanagement of the economic crisis destroyed their credibility with the Spanish people,...
Kristian Niemietz
8 December 2011
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In very cautious terms, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has questioned the current set of universal benefits for the elderly. This is a major deviation from what has thus far been the coalition...
Philip Booth
7 December 2011
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The BBC’s coverage of the National Social Survey shows the BBC at its very worst. It has completely misrepresented the survey to promote its own political worldview that we are becoming more...