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Mark Littlewood
21 August 2015
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The technological breakthrough of e-cigarettes has placed the medical establishment and taxpayer-funded public health advocates in a bit of a quandary.  The agreed strategy to date has been to...
Carlo Stagnaro and Philip Booth
20 July 2015
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The British retail markets for electricity and gas are not delivering. But is the proposed cure better than the disease itself? The Competition & Markets Authority has recently released its...
Christopher Snowdon
16 July 2015
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Sugar is much in the news at the moment, with the British Medical Association calling for a tax on sugary drinks and the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition expected to announce new advice on...
Len Shackleton
15 July 2015
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Many British critics of the EU have argued for making significant repatriation of government powers over employment regulation a key element in David Cameron’s renegotiation of the relationship...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
3 July 2015
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A new study about supposed anti-competitive practices in the online search market, co-authored by net neutrality guru Tim Wu, has made headlines in recent days. The study contains a number of claims...
Philip Booth
1 July 2015
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In Part 1 of this post, I looked at the way international financial regulation encouraged complexity and regulatory capture. In this part, I look at the problems of herd behaviour and the making of...
Philip Booth
24 June 2015
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In the last 30 years there has been a huge movement towards the internationalisation of financial regulation. This manifests itself at the EU level but also more widely. If you were to use a random...
Len Shackleton
12 June 2015
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The government’s attempts to reduce immigration are not succeeding. In a piece of classic displacement activity, it now seems determined to impose ever more irksome obligations on business....
Philip Booth
26 May 2015
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There is no shortage of commentators who blame Mrs Thatcher’s supposed deregulation of the City for the crash of 2008. From senior politicians to the leading left-leaning blogs, many have put...
Christopher Snowdon
20 May 2015
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Do you remember the great booze scare of 2004-05? Think back, you must recall it. The prophecies of doom about ‘24 hour drinking’ were everywhere. Shortly before the Licensing Act came...
Serena Sileoni
6 May 2015
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In his book The Antitrust Paradox, Robert H. Bork recalls a lawyer’s quip which compared antitrust authorities to the sheriff of a rowdy Western frontier town: The sheriff does not always have...
Philip Booth and Alberto Mingardi
1 May 2015
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The anti-trust authorities are continuing to try to police the high tech markets. But are they up to the job? The new investigation opened by the European Commission into Google’s market...
Victor Chukwuemeka
27 April 2015
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In the run up to the election, the Labour Party has addressed the most critical problem facing the ‘lost generation’, i.e. Britain’s young cohorts. Milliband has reaffirmed that...
Christopher J. Coyne and Rachel L. Coyne
21 April 2015
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In mid-March, the The Guardian ran the headline: “Drought-stricken California only has one year of water left, Nasa scientist warns.” Similar headlines ran throughout the US and led to a...
Philip Booth
21 April 2015
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Perhaps there is one thing worse than somebody who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing – it is a politician who believes that they know what the price of everything should be...
Andrew Lilico
17 April 2015
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We start with a world in which firms in high-status sectors such as the arts, media, finance and law provide a little on-the-job training for some people. The firms do this partly as a service...
Vicente Lopez-Ibor Mayor
27 March 2015
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Ed Miliband’s pledge last week that a Labour government would press ahead with the party’s energy price freeze ‘within months’ may prove popular with the electorate. But my...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
25 March 2015
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In my previous post, I have argued that the case for ‘net neutrality’ regulation is based on a flawed understanding of the way innovation takes place, and of the role of economic...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
20 March 2015
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For over two decades since its inception, the internet has remained largely free of state regulation and control. In the U.S., where the majority of global digital innovation has originated, the...
Kristian Niemietz
12 March 2015
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Economists are a notoriously quarrelsome bunch, who disagree on almost everything. Ask three economists, and you’ll get four opinions. The reason is that in economics, empirical literature is...