Ryan Bourne and Kristian Niemietz
4 April 2014

- ‘There’s a study on this by University X, which clearly confirms A.’ - ‘That has long been debunked. Another study, from University Y, rebuts A and conclusively proves B....
Philip Booth
7 February 2013
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  James Buchanan pointed out that the problem with much policy-related economics is that it assumes one type of human person in the market place (the imperfectible human being generally...
Kristian Niemietz
8 August 2012

When the ONS released its national happiness survey, critics complained that its results were trivial. But looking at how interest in the debate on happiness research has ebbed since then, I would...
Kristian Niemietz
2 July 2012

Everyone remembers this situation from their student days: You are in an oral exam. Until just now, you felt reasonably well prepared. But now you realise that all the questions are about those sub...
Philip Booth
16 September 2011

Guido Fawkes reported recently that Polly Toynbee told the Edinburgh Book Show that left-wing people were both more intelligent and generally better people than others. Presumably by this...
Philip Booth
30 November 2010

Polly Toynbee has argued recently that the explicit pursuit of wellbeing by government would lead to policy choices that were diametrically opposed to those desired by Cameron and Osborne. In...
Kristian Niemietz
30 November 2010

There are lies, damned lies, and, the saying goes, statistics. And then there are statistical claims made by Polly Toynbee. Toynbee embraces the government’s plan to publish figures on the...
Kristian Niemietz
27 November 2009

Kate Green, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, recently responded to an IEA blog piece in which I examined a CPAG article by Polly Toynbee. I had argued that the article was not...
Kristian Niemietz
23 November 2009

It is a bit tricky to criticise an organisation that describes itself as “the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK”. But when a charity enters the...

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