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Steven Kates
24 November 2009
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What is one to make of this report? BEIJING, Nov 18 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama gave his sternest warning yet about the need to contain rising U.S. deficits, saying on Wednesday that if...
Kristian Niemietz
23 November 2009
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It is a bit tricky to criticise an organisation that describes itself as “the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK”. But when a charity enters the...
Philip Booth
19 November 2009
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I welcome Vince Cable’s repudiation of the Tobin tax but, instead, he has proposed a tax on bank profits to help provide a sort of insurance premium to pay for the losses banks impose on...
Steven Kates
18 November 2009
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There are at least three ways used to determine the success of an economy. We deal with something abstract called economic growth, we look at the most common measure we have for production which is...
Len Shackleton
17 November 2009
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The new official figures on the gender pay gap, published last week, make an interesting read and have, as usual, been used as a stick with which to beat employers. It’s worth looking at them...
Richard Wellings
16 November 2009
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Public spending dominates the economy of the North of England. In the North-East region, for example, it accounts for close to 70% of GDP. Many northern cities seemed to prosper in recent years. The...
Richard Wellings
14 November 2009
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●  Philip Booth argues in the FT that ethics alone will not stop financial crises   ●  Patrick Basham and John Luik explain why banning tobacco displays benefits the black market...
Kristian Niemietz
13 November 2009
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The metaphor of ‘tearing down the Berlin Wall’ has come to be used in a quite inflationary way, and this phenomenon usually peaks around the 9th of November. At this time of the year,...
Philip Booth
12 November 2009
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The government has just announced that nursing will become an all-graduate profession from 2013. I don’t want to go down the route of discussing whether degrees are appropriate for nurses, an...
Mike Norton-Griffiths
11 November 2009
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My research in Kenya provides disturbing evidence of how foreign NGOs (non-governmental organisations) leverage their financial strength and access to the establishment to insert their single issue...
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,...