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David Starkie
17 August 2015
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Opposition to a third runway at London Heathrow received a boost recently when Willie Walsh, Chief Executive of IAG, British Airways’ holding company, launched a blistering attack on the...
Kristian Niemietz
13 August 2015
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“The strategy of government ministers has been obvious. Starve the NHS of vital cash and resources then force patients to look to the growing private sector […] [H]ad the government...
Philip Booth
12 August 2015
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When the current government is not regulating prices by imposing floors, such as the minimum wage, it is regulating prices by imposing ceilings such as on consumer credit and pensions products. When...
Ryan Bourne
12 August 2015
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Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn has called for a “public debate” about renationalisation, in particular of the railways but even of energy firms. As with others occupying the...
Johan Norberg and Henrik Jönsson
11 August 2015
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Is Capitalism a force for good in the world? At the IEA's THINK conference on 11 July 2015, Johan Norberg and Henrik Jönsson teamed up to explain how capitalism has so far succeeded in...
Kristian Niemietz
10 August 2015
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Technological progress is often held to be one of the main drivers of rising healthcare spending. Medical science advances, enabling us to manage or even cure more and more diseases, and great though...
Kristian Niemietz
7 August 2015
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As far as I’m concerned, the tube strikes could have gone on for longer. I had made arrangements to work from home, and stocked up on Pot Noodles and fish fingers. Strike for the rest of the...
Catherine Hakim
6 August 2015
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Prostitution is often discussed as a moral issue. Social science offers another perspective. In particular the numerous sex surveys carried out around the world as a result of the AIDS scare led me...
Anthony Evans
5 August 2015
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I've written quite a bit about ‘neoliberalism’, not least in my 2009 book The neoliberal revolution in Eastern Europe. My frustration with the critics of neoliberalism is that they so...
Kristian Niemietz
4 August 2015
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Do you remember the time when healthcare professionals used to argue that the NHS was adequately funded, and that further injections of money were not needed? Me neither, because there never was such...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
31 July 2015
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The latest episode in the Greek debt drama, which ended with the Greek government’s agreement to undertake much-needed reforms in labour market regulation, tax and pensions in exchange for a...
Joshua Woods
30 July 2015
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When economists talk about the UK economy, the discussion tends to be framed in terms of the ongoing recovery from the financial crisis and its associated recession. That crisis and the vivid images...
Vedanth Nair
29 July 2015
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Government debt in the UK often makes headlines, but the high level of household debt in the UK is arguably no less of a threat to the stability of the UK economy. Research by the NBER found that...
Ryan Bourne
28 July 2015
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The Republican Party must be tearing its hair out. For years, visitors from the US have extolled the strength of the party’s potential Presidential candidates for 2016. The pack is certainly...
Patrick Minford
27 July 2015
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Work is proceeding within universities on the assumption that in 2019 they will have to submit another Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise. For those not totally up to speed with this...
Len Shackleton
24 July 2015
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British universities are tightly regulated. But, as often happens with regulation, bureaucratic procedures do not guarantee that things work well. They do, however, generate vested interests, tend to...
Kristian Niemietz
23 July 2015
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Ikea, the self-assembly furniture giant, has announced that it will be introducing the living wage next year. Those who campaigned for it are celebrating it as a major victory. And granted, they have...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
22 July 2015
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We tend to forget how much of a basket case Latin America was only forty years ago. From 1959 onwards, the continent’s countries were, one by one and with few exceptions, gripped by...
Philip Booth
21 July 2015
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When the euro was adopted, British sceptics argued that it was impossible to have a single currency without a single country. They suggested that you need central control of fiscal policy to stop...
Carlo Stagnaro and Philip Booth
20 July 2015
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The British retail markets for electricity and gas are not delivering. But is the proposed cure better than the disease itself? The Competition & Markets Authority has recently released its...