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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...
Ryan Bourne
13 July 2016
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The statement was, at best, ambiguous. Its political consequences more profound. George Osborne said he will not hit his target for a budget surplus by 2020. Was this just a judgement that Brexit...
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...
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...
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...
Ryan Bourne
7 June 2016
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Following Michael Gove’s appearance in the Sky “debate” last week, the Stronger In campaign was always going to find some supposed slip-up to exploit. This time it was Gove’s...
Ryan Bourne
24 May 2016
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The anti-Brexit Project Fear reached its zenith yesterday. Having published a paper suggesting GDP per household would fall by £4,300 in the long term (by 2030) if Britain left the EU, the...
Ryan Bourne
19 May 2016
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IMF chief Christine Lagarde said last week she has “not seen anything positive” about Brexit in terms of economics. Even for the head of a global body which we might expect...
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...