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Ryan Bourne
4 May 2016
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Not content with setting the wages in future of up to 20 per cent of the private sector workforce through its National Living Wage, the government has now decided to clamp down on tipping practices...
Ryan Bourne
28 April 2016
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Today, the IEA publishes ‘In Focus: The Case for Privatising the BBC’. My chapter examined instances of bias in BBC coverage. In that essay, I readily admit that all broadcasters are...
Ryan Bourne
26 April 2016
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Conventional commentariat wisdom has it that the EU referendum pits those concerned about economics versus those concerned about immigration. But a quick perusal of the leading intellectual voices...
Ryan Bourne
12 April 2016
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"A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth.” This quotation has been attributed to a whole range of undesirable people, from Goebbels to Lenin. But in the case of the discussion of...
Ryan Bourne
5 April 2016
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"How much do you earn then?” You get asked this a lot when you do media work discussing pay. Last week the topic was the introduction of George Osborne’s National Living Wage...
Ryan Bourne
23 March 2016
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It's all about fairness, that slippery, subjective term which dominates so much of our political discourse. Following his resignation from the Cabinet on Friday, Iain Duncan Smith spent much of...
Ryan Bourne
18 March 2016
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At our IEA Brexit debate, my opponent and colleague Diego Zuluaga appealed to the authority of Friedrich Hayek’s advocacy of a European economic federation as evidence that the EU should be...
Ryan Bourne
16 March 2016
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It's what the great economist Milton Friedman described as “the tyranny of the status quo”. Every Budget week, we hear lots about the so-called “losers” of expected...
Ryan Bourne
9 March 2016
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On 8 March 2016, the IEA hosted the event ‘Should supporters of free markets support Britain’s continuing membership of the EU?’. The article below is based on Ryan Bourne’s...
Ryan Bourne
7 March 2016
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The actor Norman Reedus once said that “the dog with the loudest bark is the most afraid”. Last week, George Osborne showed how true this is, offering up warnings of the “profound...
Ryan Bourne
24 February 2016
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Recently, I was asked by a journalist to outline why I was opposed to the introduction of the National Living Wage. Here was my answer. The National Living Wage (NLW) is a huge policy change –...
Diego Zuluaga and Ryan Bourne
23 February 2016
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One of the most harmful misunderstandings in current economic debates is that the job of competition authorities is to protect incumbent businesses rather than consumers. We see this fallacious...
Ryan Bourne
27 January 2016
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Over the festive period, many of you would have ventured to Somerset House or Winter Wonderland to ice-skate. Taking to the rink, you would have seen children skating for the first time while...
Ryan Bourne
19 January 2016
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The Times has a front-page lead today investigating differential pricing for similar functioning products branded towards men and women (sadly, another direct import from US debates). Some examples...
Ryan Bourne
18 January 2016
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Words like “fairness” and “justice” are regularly thrown around with little thought to what they mean. Strangely, though, the politicians who use them seem to be unwilling to...
Ryan Bourne
18 January 2016
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The media is running with Oxfam’s annual ‘shocking’ statistic on wealth. This year “the richest 62 people have the same wealth as poorest 3.6 bn”. But all is not what it...
Ryan Bourne
12 January 2016
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Rumours abound that the government is secretly quite keen on imposing a new tax on sugary drinks, to attempt to combat obesity. There are strong arguments against such a proposal. These taxes hit the...
Ryan Bourne
23 December 2015
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As the referendum gets closer, we will hear lots about whether Britain could flourish economically outside the EU. On the face of it, the answer is obviously yes. Countries inside and outside show...
Ryan Bourne
22 December 2015
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News outlets regularly report evidence of ‘gender pay gaps’ or figures showing women or people of certain ethnic origins are ‘under-represented’ in certain industries. Earlier...
Ryan Bourne
16 December 2015
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If markets are so great, why do firms exist at all? To a non-economist, that might seem like a bizarre thing to ask. Yet the growth of the misleadingly named “sharing economy” is making...