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Philip Booth
8 October 2010
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Yesterday we had the widely-trailed report on reforming public sector pensions. It has been put to me, including on Radio 5 Live, that now is not the time to reform these schemes. This is true. As...
Philip Booth
7 October 2010
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The UK does not have particularly high economic inactivity rates. Large numbers of women tend to work and worklessness amongst those approaching state retirement age is not as high in the UK as in...
Philip Booth
1 October 2010
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MPC member Adam Posen said in a speech in Hull that we must loosen monetary policy or we are in danger of having a very long period of slow growth as has been experienced in Japan. He also...
Philip Booth
23 September 2010
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In recent years “profit” has become something of a dirty word and corporations have been encouraged to seek wider social goals following an agenda of so-called “social...
Philip Booth
20 September 2010
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Gordon Brown and Ed Balls became famous as a pair for their infamous gobbledygook speech in which “post-neo-classical endogenous growth theory” was unveiled to an unsuspecting...
Philip Booth
6 September 2010
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Opponents of a market economy often decry the operation of what they perceive to be selfishness in the market as well as problems of market failure such as the existence of externalities. Whilst I...
Philip Booth
9 August 2010
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In their election document, the country’s Catholic bishops – who are not known for their support of free market economics – pointed out: “A society that is held together just...
Philip Booth
28 July 2010
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Vince Cable suggested on Sunday that the payment of bank bonuses and dividends should be linked to whether or not they lent more to businesses. It is not clear exactly what he meant and there was no...
Philip Booth
27 July 2010
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The way in which government funding of universities has corrupted our thinking is illustrated very well by David Willetts’ comments about the awarding of the title “University College...
Eamonn Butler and Philip Booth
22 July 2010
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Philip Booth interviews Eamonn Butler, author of Ludwig von Mises – A Primer.    
Philip Booth
20 July 2010
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Simon Heffer made an interesting point in Saturday’s Telegraph about Dartford Tunnel tolls. He suggested that the main cause of congestion on the M25 near the tunnel and bridge was the...
Philip Booth
14 July 2010
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It is very welcome news that the government is planning to scrap the census from 2021. Indeed, you might have first seen this suggestion on the IEA blog last February. It has been suggested that the...
Philip Booth
13 July 2010
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Audio podcast for The Economist:  
Philip Booth
24 June 2010
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Philip Booth
15 June 2010
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Two things struck me about the OBR report published yesterday. I shall blog about the other later… The first was its treatment of public sector pensions. This is an area where the IEA has...
Philip Booth
15 June 2010
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Much was made in the media of the Office for Budget Responsibility’s suggested reduction in the assumed long-term trend growth rate of the economy. It would appear from the analysis that there...
Philip Booth
19 May 2010
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Organising a coalition agreement is never easy. There has to be give and take on both sides. However, the Conservatives have made a big mistake in accepting some aspects of Lib Dem tax policy...
Philip Booth
4 May 2010
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Philip Booth
28 April 2010
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. It is rather difficult to redistribute that burden because marginal rates are so high right across the board it is difficult to see that they can be increased for any group. Some of the Lib Dems...
Philip Booth
28 April 2010
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The IEA is delighted that Gary Becker will be giving the Hayek Lecture on June 17th this year. Gary Becker attended Hayek’s evening seminars at the University of Chicago, thus making a nice...