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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...
Ryan Bourne
10 December 2015
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This article was first published by CapX.   Julia Hartley-Brewer the other day ridiculed a guaranteed basic income – the idea that we should replace the welfare state with a cash payment...
Ryan Bourne
9 December 2015
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Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s decision to give away 99 per cent of their $45bn Facebook wealth has received a mixed reaction. One would have thought that, among right-on opinion, the...
Ryan Bourne
7 December 2015
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This article was first published by CapX. When the Commonwealth Fund ranked the UK first for healthcare among developed countries last year, left-wing commentators waxed lyrical about our socialised...
Ryan Bourne
26 November 2015
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There have been four budget or budget-like statements in less than a year now. That’s four opportunities for the Chancellor to engage in a big-bang of announcements to improve economic policy...
Ryan Bourne
24 November 2015
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For the third time in a year, tomorrow, George Osborne will take to the despatch box to deliver a budget or budget-like statement. We will be treated to a feast of announcements as the Treasury...
Kristian Niemietz
23 November 2015
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According to the Commonwealth Fund, the NHS is the best healthcare system in the world. But according to the OECD, it is one of the worst. Who is right? Is the NHS failing, or is it just underfunded...
Kristian Niemietz
20 November 2015
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What is the future of the NHS? As part of our Paragon Initiative, the IEA hosted a panel discussion to look at: The NHS’ ability to adapt to an ageing population with different health needs...
Ryan Bourne
17 November 2015
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Many people have taken to social media to ask why the terrorist massacres in Paris have been given so much Western media attention, while similar atrocities in Beirut received scant coverage. One...
Ryan Bourne
16 November 2015
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It is common for Living Wage campaigners to say that adoption of the Living Wage “would benefit staff and businesses”. Why? By increasing pay, it is claimed, firms can reduce turnover,...
Ryan Bourne
11 November 2015
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On 11 November, the UBS European Conference 2015 hosted a panel discussion entitled ‘Income Inequality: Consequences and Solutions’. The IEA’s Ryan Bourne was one of the panellists...
Ryan Bourne
11 November 2015
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How large were cuts to government spending during the last parliament? The answer may surprise you. Overall real expenditure fell by just 2.9 per cent between 2010-11 and 2014-15. Later in the month...
Ryan Bourne
3 November 2015
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It's “Living Wage Week”. For seven days, the Living Wage Foundation’s campaign for employers to pay workers at least £8.25 per hour (or £9.40 in London) receives...