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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...
Richard Wellings
12 February 2009
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●  Philip Booth discusses the growing debt burden in the Yorkshire Post   ●  Eamonn Butler explains why political interference is creating a new banking crisis   ● ...
Peter King
11 February 2009
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The whole issue of the legitimacy of government intervention in the housing market is particularly pertinent at the present moment. The government is flailing around trying to increase mortgage...
Terry Arthur
10 February 2009
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John Meadowcroft
6 February 2009
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In recent months there appears to have been a resurgence of scholarly interest in F. A. Hayek’s classic of political economy, The Road to Serfdom. Academics have been focusing in particular on...
Richard Wellings
5 February 2009
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Recent unrest in Latvia and Bulgaria has emphasised the economic difficulties faced by the formerly communist countries in central and eastern Europe. Indeed a new IEA study, New Europe’s Old...
Philip Booth
4 February 2009
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On Monday, George Osborne made an interesting speech. It would have been a good opening statement at a dinner party of economists. There was a lot to chew on but the ideas were ill defined. But they...
Kristian Niemietz
3 February 2009
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One of the justifications for government intervention in the market is the presence of ‘external effects’ or ‘externalities’ which occur when individual actions adversely...
Terry Arthur
30 January 2009
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Adam Smith’s ‘agency problem’, the separation of ownership from control, enables big-business executives and directors to pursue their own agenda. All too often this results in an...
Richard Wellings
29 January 2009
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●  Philip Booth discusses Barack Obama on American Public Radio   ●  Peter Boettke explains why politicians are making the recession worse   ●  Donald Boudreaux has...
Kristian Niemietz
28 January 2009
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Once the current recession is finally over, poverty researchers might well find themselves confronted with a puzzle. For it is entirely possible that the downturn will actually help the government...
Terry Arthur
27 January 2009
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So Alan Milburn is back, allegedly to deal with ‘social mobility’, no less. Here we have yet another example of the government’s parallel universe (see here). Aided and abetted by...
J. R. Shackleton
26 January 2009
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In the last few days, there have been two well-publicised claims that women are likely to suffer relatively more in the gathering recession than men. The first claim was made by the TUC in a report...
Nick Silver
26 January 2009
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In his excellent book, The Origin of Wealth, Eric Beinhocker argues that it is markets, not individual companies, which are most effective at allocating resources. This apparently subtle distinction...