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James Stanfield
9 November 2009
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At a recent conference, Tesco’s chief executive, Sir Terry Leahy, described standards in many state schools as “woefully low”. He criticised the current system for being too...
Len Shackleton
6 November 2009
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It is widely agreed that state pension age (SPA) needs to rise to reflect the financial downside of the happy prospect of greater life expectancy. The current government is committed to this, albeit...
David B. Smith
5 November 2009
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There seems to be near-lunatic policy inconsistency between the employment of the controversial and potentially dangerous policy of quantitative easing to boost broad money and credit, and the...
Alison Wolf
4 November 2009
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In this new video, Professor Alison Wolf discusses the disastrous impact of Soviet-style central planning on the UK’s adult education sector. Professor Wolf is launching her study, An Adult...
Len Shackleton
4 November 2009
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The brouhaha surrounding the sacking of Professor David Nutt by Alan Johnson leaves me in two minds. On the one hand, I think public policy can be enhanced by having the advice of experts. The...
Kristian Niemietz
2 November 2009
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Policy Exchange has just released a report aptly titled Poverty of Ambition, which criticises the major parties’ approach to child poverty. It explains why our conventional poverty measures...
Anthony J. Evans
31 October 2009
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I was shocked but delighted to learn that Elinor Ostrom has won the 2009 Nobel Prize in economics. Elinor Ostrom defies neat categorisation. She has a faculty position and an education in...
Terry Arthur
30 October 2009
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In his four years as leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron has often seemed to embrace socialist ideas.  “Sharing the proceeds of growth” was only one of his efforts to be...
Steven Kates
29 October 2009
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One frequently hears statements that the stimulus package led to a lower level of unemployment or that it contributed to a higher level of GDP growth than would have occurred had no stimulus package...
Mark Littlewood
28 October 2009
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With youth unemployment rising to 1 million, the government – or more realistically the Tories – need a radical rethink of the how the British labour market works. Or more to the point,...
Peter King
27 October 2009
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Working in a university social science environment I find myself surrounded by those who take a leftist view of the world. One interesting trend amongst my colleagues of late has been to start to...
IEA
26 October 2009
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The Institute of Economic Affairs has appointed Mark Littlewood as its next Director General. Littlewood, 37, takes on the role from 1st December 2009. Mark Littlewood said:  “This is an...
Philip Booth
26 October 2009
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It is difficult to know where to start in writing a blog post about George Osborne’s proposals to ban high-street bank bonuses in cash of more than £2,000. Let me, instead, raise a...
Philip Booth
22 October 2009
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Reform have today launched a report calling for the end of middle class benefits to stave off increases in tax. Before querying that proposal, let me say first that I am glad that they have waded...
Ian Senior
22 October 2009
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Way back in 1970, the IEA published my first monograph recommending the abolition of the then Post Office’s letter monopoly. In 1983, I followed up with Liberating the Letter: A proposal to...
Richard Wellings
21 October 2009
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There is talk of recovery, but little reason for optimism. Government action may have cushioned the initial impact of the recession, but the long-term economic consequences of borrow and spend...
Kristian Niemietz
20 October 2009
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We all know what would happen if the state nationalised all pubs, integrated them into a “National Pub Service”, and decided that beer should be free at the point of use. Even ignoring...
Philip Booth
19 October 2009
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Elinor Ostrom and Oliver E. Williamson, the winners of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economics, have much to contribute to contemporary economic debate. But their ideas should have particular resonance in...
Richard Wellings
17 October 2009
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●  Philip Booth advocates a more rational and limited framework of financial regulation   ●  Robert Carling examines the frightening implications of the record US budget deficit (...
Oliver Marc Hartwich
15 October 2009
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The International Monetary Fund has just presented perhaps the gloomiest forecast for Britain’s public finances so far. It predicts that by next year, Britain’s debt will stand at...