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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...
Ryan Bourne
22 September 2015
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In a centralised country like ours, regional and local politics will always play second fiddle to national events, such as stories about what the Prime Minister did at university. Having said that,...
Len Shackleton
10 September 2015
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Some of us were hopeful that following the election, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills might be closed down. Vince Cable was an inveterate meddler, but it was hoped that his successor...
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....