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Diego Zuluaga
6 May 2016
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The Institute for International Finance has just released an interesting briefing paper on the trends in risk-weighted assets (RWA) among major banks before and after the financial crisis. RWA is the...
Stephen Littlechild
3 May 2016
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On 17 March 2016 the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published its Provisional Decision on Remedies in its investigation of the energy market. The following is a summary of the concerns...
Philip Booth
6 April 2016
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Benjamin Wrench recently wrote a paper titled Risk and Reward: why the EU separates risk from reward and what this means for the City. This blog post is a rough transcript of Prof Booth’s...
Diego Zuluaga
4 April 2016
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A blog post by the OECD linking the rise of finance to lower economic growth and higher inequality made the rounds recently. The post summarises the findings of a recent report by the rich-country...
Christopher Snowdon
1 April 2016
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Yesterday saw the publication of the first ever Nanny State Index. It looks at 32 criteria and 28 countries to identify the best and worst places to drink, smoke, vape and eat in the European Union....
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....
Len Shackleton
25 February 2016
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David Cameron has apparently rejected the proposal for a sugar tax, and is instead to use the threat of intervention to pressure food and drink companies into ‘voluntarily’ reformulating...
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...
Diego Zuluaga
16 February 2016
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One of the main objectives of post-crisis financial regulation has been the severing of the nexus between large banks and national sovereigns, such that private losses do not lead to taxpayer...
Christopher J. Coyne and Rachel L. Coyne
21 January 2016
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As Uber, an app which connects riders with private drivers, has spread throughout Europe, it has been met with backlash from taxi drivers and regulators. For example, a recent headline in The...
Len Shackleton
6 January 2016
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‘Fat Cat Tuesday’ has come and gone. This is the day on which, according to the High Pay Centre ‘Britain’s top bosses will have made more money in 2016 than the average UK...
Philip Booth
5 January 2016
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Whether you are a green activist or a poverty campaigner, energy policy under the Thatcher-Major-Blair governments was a striking success. Between 1990 and 1999, prices for domestic consumers fell by...
Ryan Bourne
22 December 2015
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News outlets regularly report evidence of ‘gender pay gaps’ or figures showing women or people of certain ethnic origins are ‘under-represented’ in certain industries. Earlier...
Ryan Bourne
16 December 2015
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If markets are so great, why do firms exist at all? To a non-economist, that might seem like a bizarre thing to ask. Yet the growth of the misleadingly named “sharing economy” is making...
Diego Zuluaga
9 November 2015
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Prime Minister David Cameron announced that fast broadband access - at speeds of at least 10 megabytes per second - will become a legal right of all residents in the United Kingdom by 2020....
Ryan Bourne
3 November 2015
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It's “Living Wage Week”. For seven days, the Living Wage Foundation’s campaign for employers to pay workers at least £8.25 per hour (or £9.40 in London) receives...
Kristian Niemietz
30 October 2015
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On 10 October 2015, European Students for Liberty held their London Regional Conference. The IEA’s Kristian Niemietz gave a presentation on free market solutions to poverty, on which the...
Kristian Niemietz
25 September 2015
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The greenbelt is a sacred cow, right? Everybody loves the greenbelt, everybody wants to see it protected, and everybody knows it. A politician advocating a relaxation of greenbelt constraints might...
Ryan Bourne
24 September 2015
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Last year, I wrote on this blog about the government’s proposed 5p plastic bag levy (set to come into force this October). At the time, I sought to analyse the economic case for such a proposal...