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John Blundell
1 January 2009
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An update to An economic Christmas-present puzzle: buying books on Amazon: After my three letters to Amazon (going back two months now) were ignored, the IEA blog seems to have done the trick as...
Colin Robinson
29 December 2008
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Politicians and ‘opinion leaders’ claim that damaging climate change is in prospect unless drastic centralised action is taken. The prevailing view about climate change action is part of...
Donald J. Boudreaux
27 December 2008
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Shopping-mall Santas remind me of politicians. No joke. Consider the similarities: each Santa sits upon a throne and receives from strangers demands for free goodies. Each child who asks for things...
John Blundell
25 December 2008
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I recently wrote a book explaining Thatcherism to America. It is available in paperback, published in New York City in October 2008 by Algora as Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of the Iron Lady. It...
Philip Booth
23 December 2008
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This week we have had two news reports – one an individual case and the other based on thorough research. The individual case shows a woman losing thousands of pounds in benefits as a...
Philip Booth
22 December 2008
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Maybe sterling has overshot a bit. Currencies do that sort of thing and we should not worry unduly. Maybe sterling has fallen because people have no confidence in the long-term ability of the UK...
Richard Wellings
18 December 2008
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The Madoff scandal is yet more bad news for the financial sector. Several major banks may have lost hundreds of millions of dollars in the alleged scam. An important question is whether this would...
Peter King
17 December 2008
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The government would have us believe that one way to help households struggling to gain access to the housing market is to build more social housing. This will also have the benefit, our Keynesian...
Richard Wellings
16 December 2008
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Following the bailout of several banks, the government is now considering measures to ‘save’ the British car industry. Such a bailout would be wrong in itself but would also set a very...
Nick Silver
12 December 2008
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By continually blocking reforms to public sector pension schemes, the leaders of the public sector unions may be dooming their members to an old age spent in penury. In his excellent monograph, Sir...
Kristian Niemietz
11 December 2008
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The online edition of the Handelsblatt, a major German business newspaper, recently featured an op-ed blaming government-created ’fiat money’ for the current financial crisis. It...
Philip Booth
8 December 2008
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Deflation means that the pound in your pocket is worth more each year. In an earlier age, deflation was regarded as benign at worst. For a couple of hundred years before 1946, moderate deflation...
Philip Booth
8 December 2008
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Pope Pius IX had everything modern in his sights when he wrote the Syllabus of Errors and related encyclicals. It was not just socialism that came in for a pasting and I am sure he would have been...
Nick Silver
5 December 2008
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There is a general perception that the ageing population of developed countries will lead to some kind of crisis or demographic “time bomb”. The new IEA monograph Pension Provision:...
Kristian Niemietz
3 December 2008
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Twenty-nine per cent of English homes are not ‘decent’ places to live, according to the latest edition of the English House Condition Survey. They fail to meet the ‘decent homes...
Michael Beenstock
2 December 2008
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The gut reaction to the current financial crisis is that we need more and better regulation. Few understand that regulation is part of the problem and not its solution. The solution lies in...
Richard Wellings
28 November 2008
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●  Peter J. Boettke worries that governments are repeating the policy mistakes of the Great Depression.   ●  Philip Booth explains why we should be hopeful about the environment....
Kristian Niemietz
27 November 2008
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I have written on this blog about some of the logical flaws associated with ‘relative poverty’, arguing that even if we were to accept the premise that poverty was a relative concept, it...
Nick Silver
26 November 2008
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If you are a company, you have to include pensions liabilities as a debt in your accounts. However, governments, while professing to follow private sector practices in their accounts, turn a blind...
Richard Wellings
25 November 2008
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One of the most noteworthy elements of the 2008 Pre-Budget Report was the planned increase in income tax rates to 45% for those earning over £150,000. This measure is intended to...