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Kristian Niemietz
14 April 2014
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If you’ve ever wondered why the airport capacity debate has become so problematic, two contributions last week, each exemplifying one of the camps by which it is dominated, show why. First,...
Kristian Niemietz
27 March 2014
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The last blog piece on so-called ‘second generation rent controls’ (SGRCs) argued that while these controls would not necessarily cause a lot of damage, they would do nothing to solve the...
Kristian Niemietz
23 March 2014
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The Budget announced an abolition of the higher rates of Air Passenger Duty (APD). Fair enough, given that average rates of APD – a duty which is generally justified in environmental terms...
Agatha-Christie Onwuzuruike
17 March 2014
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The centenary of the beginning of World War I is fast approaching. Not only is it a time to remember those that lost their lives; it offers economists young and old a lesson in behavioural economics...
Kristian Niemietz
14 March 2014
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Gatwick Airport has offered to compensate nearby residents for the increase in aircraft noise that will result if the operator gets the go-ahead to build a second runway. Under Gatwick’s...
Philip Booth and Carlo Stagnaro
5 March 2014
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Europe’s plan to decarbonise its economy by 2030 is very likely to meet Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different...
Kristian Niemietz
31 January 2014
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Have you ever come across a lipogram? A lipogram is a somewhat eccentric literary technique: the art of writing a text from which a particular letter, word, or combination of letters, is entirely...
Carlo Stagnaro
13 January 2014
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‘Economic policy always has more than one goal, and each independent policy goal requires an independent policy instrument’, correctly state well-known environmental economists (and...
Kristian Niemietz
19 December 2013
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I don’t have a ‘favourite blogger’ as such, but if I had to draw up a personal top-five list, it would definitely include Brendan O’Neill. If you are looking for an author who...
Kristian Niemietz
16 December 2013
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‘After years of sustained increases in demand for locally brewed beer, London’s brewery industry is facing a formidable capacity crisis, which is set to worsen as the expansion in demand...
Jamie Whyte
12 December 2013
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“Gravity exists. The world is round. Climate change is happening.” So tweeted Barack Obama's advocacy group Organizing for Action on Monday, adding the hashtag #ScienceSaysSo....
Peter Kain
3 December 2013
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The recent IEA study, Transport Infrastructure: Adding Value, discusses the concept of offering a number of standing-only carriages on commuter trains. Patrons using the carriages would pay a lower...
John Burton
18 November 2013
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One of the so-called ‘Big Beasts’ of UK politics and government, Lord Heseltine - formerly cast as ‘Tarzan’ by much of the media - has recently swung (again!) through the tree...
Kristian Niemietz
6 November 2013
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Council Tax has to be the most unpopular tax there is in the UK. That is not because of its level (it accounts for just 5 per cent of total tax revenue), nor because of what it is spent on...
John Burton
24 October 2013
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Mark Twain contended that there are three kinds of lies: 'lies, damned lies, and statistics'. These matters have become even more vexed since his sardonic remark in 1906. Whilst the (...
Carlo Stagnaro
23 October 2013
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The British government has just given the green light to the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset. The £16 billion project will be undertaken by a consortium led by the French...
Keith Boyfield
15 October 2013
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If you visit Equatorial Africa one of the first things you notice is the profusion of oil palm trees growing wild. The locals harvest the highly nutritious fruit for a variety of uses including the...
Roger Bate
10 October 2013
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Twenty years ago I established the Environment Unit at the IEA to present a free-market alternative to the general doom and gloom and socialist militancy of many greens. We pursued projects on the...
Kristian Niemietz
9 October 2013
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Airport expansion is almost always unpopular among local residents. It is possible to build whole political careers on anti-airport sentiments, as the example of Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park...
Colin Robinson
25 September 2013
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It is nearly seventy years since Friedrich Hayek dedicated The Road to Serfdom to ‘the socialists of all parties’. Sadly, socialism remains alive and well, and nowhere more so than in the...

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