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Carlo Stagnaro
1 September 2014
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You can’t have your cake and eat it too – even when it comes to energy. Germany has been a champion of the ‘green economy’ for the past decade, but now the time has come to...
Jared Meyer
22 August 2014
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Prime Minister David Cameron’s “all-in” push for developing the UK’s shale gas reserves continues to generate what seems to be strong public backlash. While vocal protesters...
Kristian Niemietz
13 August 2014
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An unexpected increase in construction (from an extremely low base) has left building materials, especially bricks, in short supply, leading to a sudden surge in prices. Anti-development activists...
Ryan Bourne
12 August 2014
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It’s that time of year when the City’s offices seem empty. For many families with children, these weeks represent the last opportunity of the year to get away for a well-earned break. Yet...
Carlo Stagnaro
24 July 2014
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The UK - once a champion of competition in electricity and natural gas markets - is about to take another move towards greater centralisation and state control. On 16 July 2014, Energy Secretary Ed...
Ryan Bourne
15 July 2014
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The row between former chancellor Lord Lawson and the BBC has escalated over the past week. In a letter to a green activist, the head of the BBC’s Editorial Complaints Unit, Fraser Steel, has...
Kristian Niemietz
4 July 2014
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A lot of nonsense is being written about the UK’s housing crisis. But Danny Dorling’s book ‘All that is solid. The great housing disaster’ is easily the worst contribution so...
Kristian Niemietz
12 June 2014
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In today’s Mansion House speech, George Osborne is expected to outline new plans to encourage housing development on brownfield sites. The speech follows in the wake of an IMF report, which...
Ryan Bourne
7 June 2014
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Given the huge structural challenges our economy still faces and with the government still borrowing around £100 billion per year, it felt somewhat trivial for Queen’s Speech day to be...
Kristian Niemietz
27 May 2014
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    Developer:   Hello, I would like to apply for planning permission for a residential development just out of town. Planner:   Forget it. Don’t even bother...
Ryan Bourne
29 April 2014
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Yesterday saw the House of Commons give the green light to HS2 at second reading, with the bill now heading into committee stage. And as the debate has twisted and turned over the years, so the...
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...