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David B. Smith
21 January 2015
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This article is based on David B. Smith’s Politeia paper ‘The UK Government Spending Ratio: Back to the 1930s?’.   Some politicians have asserted that Britain’s...
Philip Booth and Ryan Bourne
25 November 2014
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Fall-out from the Autumn Statement next week is likely to focus heavily on the slowdown in deficit reduction. Borrowing has been £3.7 billion higher this year so far compared with last, and it...
Eric Crampton
22 April 2013
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New Zealand introduced deposit insurance in 2008, during the recent financial crisis. In the middle of an election campaign, and terrified that the failure of some finance companies could lead to...
Richard Wellings
5 December 2012
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At the time of the last Autumn statement, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) was predicting growth of 0.7 per cent in 2012, followed by 2.1 per cent in 2013, 2.7 per cent in 2014 and a...