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David Moller
18 March 2009
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Though some of the language of Self-Help by Samuel Smiles can seem dated – a little archaic even – there is no doubt that its main lessons are as valuable and relevant today as they were...
J. R. Shackleton
17 March 2009
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Sir Liam Donaldson’s proposal for a minimum price per unit of alcohol is a novel addition to the long list of interventions in markets in the name of some alleged higher good. As is often the...
Philip Booth
16 March 2009
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I now have to admit that I was unduly optimistic about the UK response to the crash regarding the future of financial regulation. Initially, there seemed to be some humility on behalf of the...
Kristian Niemietz
13 March 2009
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Past experience is the foundation on which our beliefs about the desirability of different policies and institutions are mainly based … While the events of the past are the source of...
Richard Wellings
12 March 2009
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Benefit rates are set to rise substantially next month. State pensions will rise by 5%, while means-tested payments, such as Jobseeker’s Allowance, will rise by 6.3%. The new rates, based on...
Richard Wellings
11 March 2009
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●  Don Boudreaux sets out the unsung successes of the market   ●  Ruth Lea warns that very low interest rates could be counter-productive   ●  Andrew Lilico explains the...
Philip Booth
10 March 2009
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Quantitative easing has become such a buzzword that it has now become known by its initials – QE. On a number of occasions, I have discussed its merits in the current circumstances and then...
Kristian Niemietz
9 March 2009
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At a time when both public deficits and government spending are increasing (bank bailouts and stimulus packages), there is immense political pressure to address the issue of tax havens....
Philip Booth
6 March 2009
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Surely Gordon Brown needs a new speech writer. Apparently the US Congress voted with their feet, with the empty seats being filled up with staffers but, had they stayed, what would they have...
Gordon Pepper
5 March 2009
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The Bank of England is about to announce quantitative measures. The crucial thing to watch for is not the type of asset that the Bank will purchase, whether it will be private sector assets, for...
John Meadowcroft
3 March 2009
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Irrespective of the moral rights and wrongs of the former Royal Bank of Scotland chief Sir Fred Goodwin’s pension entitlement, the widely reported comment by the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party,...
J. R. Shackleton
3 March 2009
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There is at the moment a hugely irrational anti-banker mood in this country. Every day I see angry letters in the papers and angry blogs calling for all sorts of dire penalties for bankers and...
Philip Booth
2 March 2009
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It is a curious aspect of the Catholic Church in England and Wales that those who wish there to be the maximum room for personal judgement and discretion on matters of faith and morals are also the...
Richard Wellings
27 February 2009
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●  Peter J. Boettke describes the dangers of mixed ownership    ●  Hernando de Soto explains the link between ownership and the financial crisis   ●  Andrew Lilico...
David Starkie
26 February 2009
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The Department of Transport received a rude awakening last year when in August the Competition Commission released its Emerging Thinking report as part of its market reference inquiry into BAA. This...
Peter King
25 February 2009
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Those of us interested in extending personal freedom tend to make some rather glib assumptions in our thinking. For instance, it has been argued by several people recently on the IEA blog (with...
Richard Wellings
23 February 2009
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The part-nationalisation of Britain’s banks represents a further extension of state power and the erosion of private property rights. There is a huge danger that under political influence the...
Philip Booth
20 February 2009
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This is not the first time this subject has been covered on the IEA blog – but the point needs repeating. We should remove all impediments to employment in a recession and this should include...
Nick Silver
17 February 2009
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Last week the government chose to ignore its own advisors and decided not to downgrade ecstasy to a “class B” drug. This is despite substantial evidence that existing policies have...
Richard Wellings
13 February 2009
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From a monetarist perspective, a strong case can be made in support of the Bank of England’s decision to engage in quantitative easing. A severe deflationary shock would cause big problems for...