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Holger Zemanek
20 May 2010
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The EU, national governments, academics and media are discussing how to rebuild the shattered EMU stability framework, after the Stability and Growth Pact failed to prevent the current crisis. In...
Richard Wellings
19 May 2010
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Even Margaret Thatcher didn’t manage to dismantle Britain’s disastrous welfare system. Judging by the policy plans of the Lib-Con coalition, there is little reason to be optimistic that...
Philip Booth
19 May 2010
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Organising a coalition agreement is never easy. There has to be give and take on both sides. However, the Conservatives have made a big mistake in accepting some aspects of Lib Dem tax policy...
D. R. Myddelton
18 May 2010
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The new Chancellor of the Exchequer’s proposal to set up an independent Office for Budget Responsibility sounds like a good idea. But how sad that government ministers cannot be trusted...
Len Shackleton
17 May 2010
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This year I have been in a rather unusual demographic – both entitled (I didn’t claim it) to a winter fuel allowance of £250 as an over-60 and receiving a Child Trust Fund payment...
Kristian Niemietz
14 May 2010
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It is easy to be pessimistic about Britain’s future economic prospects. The Lib-Con coalition agreement contains policies which are troubling. Indeed, there is a danger the...
Daniel J. Mitchell
13 May 2010
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[Editor's note: the draft coalition agreement between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats includes a commitment to increase Capital Gains Tax on "non-business assets".]...
Richard Wellings
12 May 2010
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The Conservatives have abandoned their manifesto commitment to raise the Inheritance Tax threshold as part of the coalition deal with the Liberal Democrats. This his highly regrettable....
André Azevedo Alves
11 May 2010
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After years of continuous growth in public spending and public debt, the Portuguese economy finds itself in a bleak situation in the context of the ongoing international crisis. Internal and...
Holger Zemanek
10 May 2010
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This weekend the EU finance ministers, the EU and the IMF agreed a huge bailout package for the troubled eurozone countries and the single currency. The emergency package comes after...
Malte Tobias Kähler
10 May 2010
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The Austrian Business Cycle Theory (ABCT), developed largely by Ludwig von Mises and F. A. Hayek, predicted the present crisis and explained its causes in advance. Many commentators aware of...
Charles K. Rowley
8 May 2010
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Indecisive outcomes are periodic features of the Westminster model, even though the plurality (first-past-the-post) system is custom-made to secure a single-party majority. Hung parliaments occurred...
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...

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