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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. ...
Kristian Niemietz and Richard Wellings
6 June 2016
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The main objectives of EU transport policy can be placed into two broad categories. The first is to increase economic and social cohesion by improving transport links in order to reduce barriers to...
Kristian Niemietz
3 June 2016
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Rent controls are a bit like communism, in the sense that they can never ‘fail’, in the eyes of their supporters – they can only be ‘badly implemented’. Rent controls...
Kristian Niemietz
27 May 2016
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I’ve got an idea for an alternative history novel, an alternate timeline in which the fall of the Berlin Wall never happens. (It’s been done before, but, I’d argue, not that well.)...
Kristian Niemietz
16 May 2016
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I did not pay much attention to London’s mayoral election campaign. I lost interest early on, as soon as I realised that the campaign would be dominated by different variations of identity...
Kristian Niemietz
12 May 2016
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I won’t crack open the champagne if the Brexit side wins the EU referendum on 23 June. On its own, Brexit will not solve a single one of the UK’s economic and social problems. Brexit will...
Kristian Niemietz
5 May 2016
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A while ago, a powerful image was making the rounds on social media. It contrasted a part of the US-Mexican border, with its massive fence, to a part of the Dutch-Belgian border, which was just a...
Kristian Niemietz
10 March 2016
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Imagine we had no land use planning system at all. Landowners and developers could do as they please. Anyone could build whatever they want, wherever they want, on their own land. Suppose that this...
Kristian Niemietz
3 March 2016
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Housing costs in the UK – both house prices and rents – are among the highest in the world. Since 1970, average house prices in the UK have gone up four and a half fold after inflation....
Kristian Niemietz
22 February 2016
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The US TV series ‘Breaking Bad’ is about a middle-aged high school teacher, Walter White, who is diagnosed with lung cancer, and who is unable to afford the treatment his doctor...
Kristian Niemietz
1 February 2016
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The Housing and Planning Bill, which will speed up the sale of social housing, has come under fire from various quarters. The Local Government Association described it as a shift in public spending...
Kristian Niemietz
13 January 2016
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The NHS funding crisis The NHS is ‘at breaking point’, ‘starved of resources’, ‘on the verge of collapse’, overstretched, underfunded, and everybody knows it....
Kristian Niemietz
24 December 2015
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As a teenager, I used to read a magazine which had a rubric called “Whatever happened to…”, which was dedicated to the forgotten pop stars of yesteryear. These were usually artists...
Kristian Niemietz
11 December 2015
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When we talk about ‘Christmas traditions’, we are really talking about a hotchpotch of traditions from different cultures and different eras. The ancient Romans and Greeks already...
Kristian Niemietz
4 December 2015
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Every 14 July, France commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which kick-started the French Revolution. ‘Bastille Day’ is not just a bank holiday. It is part of France’s national...
Kristian Niemietz
27 November 2015
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This article was first published by The Independent.   One of the good ideas in yesterday’s Autumn Statement was the scrapping of a previously announced bad idea, namely the tax credit...
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...
Kristian Niemietz
13 November 2015
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This article was first published by The Independent.   I have long been toying with a business idea, but never had the time, patience, know-how and, above all, the resolve to do anything with it...
Kristian Niemietz
6 November 2015
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The law of diminishing marginal utility is one of the most basic concepts in economics. What it means is that the more you have of something, the less you enjoy getting more of it. Among other things...