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Kristian Niemietz
29 September 2014
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In a more rational world, planning reform would not be a tribal issue. It would, on the contrary, be an issue around which people from all major political camps could coalesce. Albeit for different...
Glynn Brailsford
26 September 2014
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Tax is the single biggest area of expenditure for low-income groups and indirect taxes in particular are a major cause of Britain’s cost of living crisis. Despite significantly lower rates of...
Ryan Bourne
25 September 2014
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Earlier this week, I outlined the red herrings that distort the debate about low pay and the cost of living. These create an environment for politicians to advocate economically damaging...
Ryan Bourne
22 September 2014
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Since the publication of Kristian Niemietz’s seminal work Redefining the Poverty Debate in 2012, many of us have been arguing for a new approach to the perceived problem of poverty and low pay...
Mark Littlewood
21 September 2014
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In this new video for ieaTV, IEA Director General Mark Littlewood explains how liberalising the UK’s suffocating planning laws would have a profound and beneficial effect on the cost of living...
Ryan Bourne
17 September 2014
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With low productivity, high inflation and terrible industrial relations, in 1977, Britain was a basket case. So that year, businessman John Hoskyns decided to dedicate substantial effort to analysing...
Ryan Bourne
14 September 2014
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Most politicians and commentators think the ‘cost of living’ and its inverse ‘low pay’ are areas of serious concern for public policy. But for some, like the journalist Owen...
Ryan Bourne
12 September 2014
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Concern about ‘low pay’ and the ‘cost of living’ are two sides of the same coin. Pay is deemed ‘low’ when the prices of things we need to buy are rising...
Kristian Niemietz
11 September 2014
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In this video the IEA’s Senior Research Fellow Kristian Niemietz outlines a free-market approach to the cost of living squeeze. Building on his research in Redefining the Poverty Debate, he...
Andreas Strongolou
10 September 2014
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Planning controls constitute a significant denial of private property rights, with serious economic consequences. The most obvious is the severe housing crisis. However, businesses also suffer as...
Ryan Bourne
9 September 2014
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Why do politicians advocate policies which deal with the symptoms of problems rather than the underlying issues directly? In the past week we’ve seen Liberal Democrats react to expensive...
Ryan Bourne
7 September 2014
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Today marks the start of the IEA’s ‘Cutting the UK's Cost of Living’ month as part of our 2020 Vision programme – an attempt to shine a light on key issues which we...
Christopher Snowdon
16 July 2014
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Recently, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation released an updated version of its Minimum Income Standard (MIS) which looks at what modern Britons need to achieve an ‘acceptable standard of living...
Ryan Bourne
17 June 2014
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The British tax system just isn’t progressive enough, the Equality Trust claimed yesterday. After citing survey figures showing that 68 per cent of the UK population believe households in the...
Ryan Bourne
13 June 2014
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Zero-hours contracts. High prices. Benefit cuts. Unemployment. Childcare costs. According to the international development charity Oxfam, the combination of these individual factors in Britain has...
Ryan Bourne
8 April 2014
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Political soundbites can be excruciating. They hang around for a year or two before disappearing when they become untenable. Who can forget Labour’s ‘too far, too fast’, or the...
Philip Booth
28 February 2014
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With the election phoney war now under way, it appears that the main issue dividing the parties will be the cost of living. Unfortunately, politicians seem to have no real ambition to resolve the...
Philip Booth
17 October 2013
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It is always pleasing to publish an IEA monograph and find that the subject is being talked about for months or years after publication. Very often, of course, the true measure of success is that the...
Kristian Niemietz
6 September 2013
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Unemployment and underemployment in the UK are still far too high. But given the circumstances, the UK’s labour market is in a far better shape than we might have expected. In much of Europe,...

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