Len Shackleton
11 September 2012

Last week Ed Miliband suggested that a new Labour government could introduce a requirement for all government contractors to pay a ‘living wage’ well in excess of the national minimum...
John Meadowcroft
10 September 2012

One of the most important contemporary debates in political economy concerns the impact of the market on culture and the allegation that unfettered market forces will supply ‘dumbed-down...
Kristian Niemietz
7 September 2012

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...
John Blundell
6 September 2012

Up until prohibition, Guatemala, China, and Russia were the last three remaining countries with a well-developed legal market in international adoptions. All other nations that had once allowed...
Duncan Stoddard
4 September 2012

  ‘Buy land, they're not making it anymore.’ - Mark Twain The UK economy is beset by three compounding problems: no growth, a high deficit and a constricting...
Len Shackleton
3 September 2012

  I hold no brief for London Metropolitan University (LMU), which has been poorly managed for a long time. Nevertheless I feel that the UK Border Agency’s decision to remove its Highly...
Philip Booth
31 August 2012

Once again, we hear calls for a wealth tax not just from Nick Clegg and Simon Hughes, but also from Tim Montgomerie. These calls cannot go unchallenged. A wealth tax is a pernicious tax because...
Prerna Aswani
29 August 2012

Under the Reagan Presidency (1980-1988), income tax was cut across the board and the top rate of income tax reduced from 70% to 28%. The dramatic nature of the change in tax policy makes this a...
Nima Sanandaji
28 August 2012

  Sweden and other Nordic nations are often regarded as role models whose policies should be copied by others. The reason is simply that these countries are characterised by good social...
Tom Papworth
24 August 2012
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George Monbiot has set out his cartoonish manifesto on the Guardian website. He paints a picture of ‘what the world will look like after capitalism’, beginning with this very helpful...
Alexander de Ville
23 August 2012
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In June, the European Commission drew attention to the increase in protectionist tendencies worldwide. It claimed that over the previous eight months 123 new trade restrictions had been put in...
Richard Wellings
22 August 2012

Relying on growth was always going to be a risky strategy. Yet a healthy recovery, with robust GDP increases of 2%-plus, formed the core of the government’s deficit reduction plan. In this...
James Stanfield
21 August 2012

Consider the following from an editorial in a national newspaper: ‘Educating children should not be for profit - learning has always been separate from the forces of the free market. And that...
David Campbell
20 August 2012

Last week, in an interview in The Independent, the Defence Secretary, Mr Philip Hammond, announced yet another miracle flowing from London’s hosting of the Olympic Games. As a result of...
Michael Klein
17 August 2012

Although once intended to improve market efficiency and the free flow of goods within the Single European Market, harmonisation has become not only the European Commission’s prime weapon for...
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
16 August 2012

In a reply to my note on last week’s IPPR report, Rick Muir maintains his position that for-profit schools should be banned. He does so by ignoring some of my critique, while...
André Azevedo Alves
15 August 2012

About a year ago, I wrote that although the focus (at the time) was on Portugal, the viability of the euro would largely depend on what happened with Spain. At the time, the warning signals...
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
14 August 2012

In a new IPPR report, Rick Muir argues that profit-making free schools should remain banned. He does so by providing three broad arguments: (1) competition does not improve pupil performance, (2)...
Juan Ramón Rallo
13 August 2012

Madrid's persistent pressure for the European Central Bank (ECB) to monetise part of its debt is necessarily a self-defeating strategy. Once the Spanish government recognises that it is unable...
G. R. Steele
10 August 2012
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If ever you see a €100 banknote in the gutter, don’t bother to stop. If it were real, someone would already have picked it up. The same is true of a ruse to save the euro. Writing in the...