Kristian Niemietz
13 August 2014

An unexpected increase in construction (from an extremely low base) has left building materials, especially bricks, in short supply, leading to a sudden surge in prices. Anti-development activists...
Kristian Niemietz
4 July 2014

A lot of nonsense is being written about the UK’s housing crisis. But Danny Dorling’s book ‘All that is solid. The great housing disaster’ is easily the worst contribution so...
Kristian Niemietz
27 May 2014

    Developer:   Hello, I would like to apply for planning permission for a residential development just out of town. Planner:   Forget it. Don’t even bother...
Kristian Niemietz
2 May 2014

To deal with the problem of escalating rents, Ed Miliband plans to introduce what amounts to a variation of ‘second generation rent controls’ (SGRCs). Under SGRCs, landlords are free to...
Kristian Niemietz
25 April 2014

The coalition is considering plans to loosen the rules governing the development of new infrastructure, fracking sites, and potentially housing, to facilitate investment. The specifics are not yet...
Ryan Bourne
22 April 2014
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Pay growth at 1.7 per cent, inflation at 1.6 per cent on the consumer price index (CPI), real wages increasing. One commentator stated this was the coalition’s ‘mission accomplished...
Kristian Niemietz
15 January 2013

Econometric literature is notorious for its inconclusiveness. Even for seemingly straightforward issues such as the impact of minimum wage laws, you can always find econometric papers on both...
Duncan Stoddard
4 September 2012

  ‘Buy land, they're not making it anymore.’ - Mark Twain The UK economy is beset by three compounding problems: no growth, a high deficit and a constricting...
Kristian Niemietz
27 June 2012

The previous government made the mistake of trying to reduce poverty without paying attention to the supply side factors driving up the basic cost of living. It churned out billions in tax credits...
Mark Pennington
24 October 2011

Last week saw a violent confrontation between gypsies/travellers and the police as the former were evicted from an illegal camp site at Dale Farm, Essex. There is no doubt in my mind that the...