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Len Shackleton
28 July 2016
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It is a constantly-reiterated view on the Left that the Conservatives are hell-bent on attacking employment rights and deregulating the labour market. We were warned during the referendum debate by...
Richard Wellings
27 July 2016
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In welfare states, the economic benefits from immigration may be eroded by the additional costs of government handouts and public services. This problem has been particularly evident with some...
D.R. Myddelton
26 July 2016
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As a child I was used to seeing a map of the world coloured pink or red to show the vast extent of the British Empire, on which the sun never set.  At that time I believed that we British had...
Richard Teather
25 July 2016
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Shortly before being sacked, George Osborne announced a plan to reduce the UK’s corporation tax rate to less than 15%, challenging Ireland at 12.5%. It is not yet known whether Philip Hammond...
Ryan Bourne
20 July 2016
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It really could happen. Republican candidate Donald Trump might win the presidency of the United States on an overtly protectionist, anti-trade ticket. In a recent speech he slammed...
Simon Barnett
18 July 2016
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Let's talk about our economy. Our ≈£2.66 trillion GDP is comprised of slightly less than £2.1 trillion of services. It would be fair to describe the UK as a post-industrial...
Kristian Niemietz
14 July 2016
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If the so-called ‘EFTA/EEA option’ – leaving the EU, but staying in the single market, or in close vicinity to it – had been on the ballot paper, it would probably have...
Ryan Bourne
12 July 2016
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Predictably, those who demand more government spending both when the economy is doing well and badly are calling for increases to see off any potential post-Brexit slowdown. “Infrastructure...
Jonathan Portes
8 July 2016
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Before the referendum, it appeared that a Brexit vote would mean that the UK faced a clear choice on immigration policy.  If we wanted as far as possible to retain access to the Single Market,...
Ryan Bourne
7 July 2016
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"Businesses and markets hate uncertainty”. How many times have we heard that recently? In the aftermath of the referendum result, when the value of the pound fell and the FTSE 100 and 250...
Eduardo Belgrano
6 July 2016
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So Brexit it is. And if you believe many of the pundits opposing it, it would seem the UK has just voted to leave civilisation itself, and that all kind of maladies will now befall Britons. To put it...
Andrew Lilico
5 July 2016
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In the run-up to the EU referendum, a number of the most high-profile companies, institutes and departments went out on a limb to claim that the economics profession was almost completely united in...
Ryan Bourne
30 June 2016
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The consequences of the Brexit vote have been brutal for the political establishment. And rightly so given the shock result we saw last week. It highlighted a chasm between the accepted wisdom of...
Sophie Sandor
29 June 2016
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Scotland’s First Minister is now trying to take Scotland out of the UK because more Scottish people voted to remain in the EU than they did to leave – but there is something very wrong...
Richard Teather
28 June 2016
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The opinion polls were wrong again; Brexit has won (and as a Lancastrian I was delighted to see the North stay solid for out).  But now the hard work begins of building alternative structures,...
Philip Booth
25 June 2016
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When you read this column, the result of the referendum on Britain’s EU membership will be known. Whatever the outcome, we must leave behind the depressing campaigns and move on to a politics...
Kristian Niemietz
24 June 2016
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Suppose there are two countries, 1 and 2, and two (mutually exclusive) policies, X and Y. In Country 1, the majority of people support X, and in Country 2, the majority support Y. ...
Philip Booth
23 June 2016
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There is a strong Catholic attachment to the European Union. This is especially so in countries where the faith seems to be waning rapidly, such as Germany and Austria. Such attachment is not...
Kristian Niemietz
21 June 2016
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In neoclassical textbook economics, consumer preferences are ‘given’. People come to the market with a fixed set of preferences, expressible as a utility function, and satisfying those...
Frank Hollenbeck
20 June 2016
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The United Kingdom will shortly vote either leave or remain in the European Union. This is the most important European event of this century since a vote to leave will likely have important domino...