Kristian Niemietz
4 May 2012

The ‘prevailing orthodoxy’ (or ‘the zeitgeist’) is much like a rainbow: wherever you happen to stand, it always seems to be somewhere else. The term would never be used in...
Eamonn Butler
3 May 2012
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It’s election time again in the UK, where the local elections – in particular the high-profile contest for Mayor of London – are a laboratory example of all the shortcomings of...
Sam Collins
2 May 2012
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House of Lords reform has become a hot button issue that risks widening divisions within the coalition. On one side we have the Liberal Democrats, who historically have considered it their raison d...
Philip Booth
30 April 2012

A brief pamphlet has recently been published by Civitas, written by John Mills – ‘A Price that Matters’. This pamphlet makes the case that the UK should have an explicit...
Len Shackleton
27 April 2012

Age discrimination is one of the fastest-growing categories of Employment Tribunal claim. In the last full year for which figures are available, there were 6800 claims, as against only 5200 the...
Richard Wellings
26 April 2012

  Mancur Olson is best known for his 1965 book, The Logic of Collective Action, in which he explained why small, concentrated interest groups are more likely to influence policy than large,...
Mike Buchanan
24 April 2012

It is frequently and confidently asserted (and inferred) by proponents of ‘improved’ gender diversity in the boardroom – henceforth ‘GDITB’ – that there exists a...
Vuk Vukovic
23 April 2012

Last month saw the first eurozone default. Greece defaulted on its debt, but this event, contrary to popular belief in the final quarter of 2011, did not cause an abrupt panic. It did not force...
Kristian Niemietz
20 April 2012

I have received quite a bit of feedback for my recent paper, ‘Abundance of land, shortage of housing’, and would like to respond to those comments that were both critical and thoughtful...
Andrew Lilico
19 April 2012
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Does cutting the Bank Rate (the Bank of England policy rate) cut the real-terms cost of capital for investors? Most discussions take it for granted that it does do this. But corporate finance...
Ángel Martín Oro
18 April 2012

  After just four months in office, the new Spanish government faces a very difficult situation. The measures implemented by Mariano Rajoy’s administration have not been as effective...
Chris Snowdon
17 April 2012

  Yesterday saw the US Chamber of Commerce, the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue, the Emergency Committee for American Trade, the National Association of Manufacturers, the United States...
Tom Papworth
16 April 2012

  Doctors just can’t help trying to save people, it seems. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, which brings together the presidents of the Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties and...
Philip Booth
13 April 2012

  Last month, the IEA co-published Lost Causes by Deepak Lal. The book can be bought from the IEA here. It was interesting to see, in the wake of the 2012 budget, various think tanks and...
Stephen Michael MacLean
12 April 2012

Britons attentive to political affairs in Canada will be aware of its latest political scandal: allegations abound of electioneering shenanigans involving annoying telephone calls in the late of...
Len Shackleton
11 April 2012

There is a scene in the old Marx Brothers film Horse Feathers where Groucho leads a bunch of academics in gowns and mortarboards in a song which goes:  ‘I don't care what you have...
Kristian Niemietz
10 April 2012

Every government retreats on some issue or other eventually, realising that the political cost outweighs the benefit. But for this coalition, retreat has become a way of life. Whether it is on the...
Alberto Mingardi and Carlo Stagnaro
5 April 2012

Foreign direct investment (FDI) is an important economic indicator. The more a country is perceived by foreigners as attractive, the more it is likely to be engaged in fostering entrepreneurship...
Philip Booth
4 April 2012

  The government’s decision to seek greater university involvement in the A-level examination system is to be welcomed. In many ways it is a return to the system that used to exist...
D. R. Myddelton
3 April 2012

  One hopes the overworked staff in the Office of Tax Simplification get overtime.  This year they have surely earned every penny. A glance at the Conservative Party’s Manifesto...