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Mark Littlewood
6 May 2010
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The next government of the United Kingdom will have to depart wildly from its manifesto commitments in order to rebuild the nation’s finances. In the closing stages of the election campaign,...
Richard Wellings
6 May 2010
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With the opinion polls pointing to a close result and the prospect of a hung parliament, turnout is expected to be relatively high in today’s election. Yet for economists this presents a bit...
Oliver Marc Hartwich
5 May 2010
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After months of agonising discussions, European leaders have agreed on a “solution” for the Greek crisis. Unfortunately, the joint efforts of the EU and the International Monetary Fund...
Philip Booth
4 May 2010
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D. R. Myddelton
30 April 2010
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My expectations of politicians, those “insidious and crafty animals”, are low. (Like Hayek, I find that over the course of a long life they have steadily gone down.) But in this general...
David Howden
30 April 2010
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While Greece’s financial issues, both domestic and international, are making any bailout package more difficult in deed than word, the social issues at stake are no less troubling....
Toby Baxendale
29 April 2010
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Language was created spontaneously and needed no act of creation or sanction by the state – it is owned by each and every one of us. Money was also created this way, but today we have...
Philip Booth
28 April 2010
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. It is rather difficult to redistribute that burden because marginal rates are so high right across the board it is difficult to see that they can be increased for any group. Some of the Lib Dems...
Philip Booth
28 April 2010
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The IEA is delighted that Gary Becker will be giving the Hayek Lecture on June 17th this year. Gary Becker attended Hayek’s evening seminars at the University of Chicago, thus making a nice...
James Stanfield
27 April 2010
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According to the Sunday Times, the Labour Party is facing a mass revolt from its own parliamentary candidates, as 200 have already signed the petition organised by the National Union of Students (...
David Howden
26 April 2010
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Talks over what should happen about the Greek debt situation were recently delayed by the impromptu eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull. In the meantime, analysts and...
Steven Kates
24 April 2010
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There is a video doing the rounds at the moment under the name, the “Keynes-Hayek Rap”, although more formally titled, “Fear the Boom and Bust”. It has had a million hits...
Terry Arthur
23 April 2010
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The election campaign should be bringing on another Great Depression in the minds of all taxpayers. This morning Gordon Brown continued his daily rant at the Tories for promising to...
John Blundell
22 April 2010
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James Tooley’s recent book The Beautiful Tree is the best single book on public policy to be published since Charles Murray’s Losing Ground twenty-five years ago. It richly deserves...
John Meadowcroft
22 April 2010
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Political commentators are currently expending much energy trying to explain (what we might call) the Nick Clegg phenomenon – including one contribution to this blog already. Policy analysis...
Eamonn Butler
21 April 2010
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Not enough people know the name of Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973). I hope my new Primer for the IEA will help change that. Mises brought new life and insights into the Austrian School of economics,...
Peter King
20 April 2010
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George Akerlof and Robert Shiller, in their recent book Animal Spirits, argued that economists tend to focus on what is seen as a departure from the accepted model or norm rather than focusing on...
Terry Arthur
20 April 2010
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Many years ago I was in hospital for a minor operation. The tiny ward had room for four but there was only one other occupant; an old man who was very ill. A nurse asked me if I could chat to him to...
Andrew Melnyk
19 April 2010
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Several newspapers (e.g. the Guardian and the Telegraph) have recently carried obituaries of the English philosopher Antony Flew. These obituaries have emphasized the remarkable change of mind by...
Eric Masaba
16 April 2010
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Concorde could fly you to New York and back faster than a speeding bullet – with a glass of champagne and bragging rights to boot – for 83p per mile (about £1 per mile adjusted for...