Blog

Search

Philip Booth
26 May 2015
2 comments

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
1 comment

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
1 comment

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
comments

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
2 comments

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
2 comments

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
1 comment

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
1 comment

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
comments

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
comments

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
1 comment

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
comments

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...
David S. D'Amato
9 March 2015
comments

Earlier this month American Banker’s Mayra Rodríguez Valladares reported on what she regarded as “a bleak winter for financial reformers in the United States.” Hopeful for...
Kristian Niemietz
3 March 2015
5 comments

Most of the time, the role of think tanks is to engage in holistic, ‘big picture’ thinking. Think tank work is often about taking a few steps back, and looking beyond the specifics of the...
Ryan Bourne
25 February 2015
1 comment

Aside from the much-expected arms race to win the pensioner vote with a host of taxpayer-funded goodies, all parties (bar maybe UKIP) seem to agree that ‘childcare’ is something deserving...
Christopher Snowdon
24 February 2015
comments

As Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles has long taken a principled stand against what he calls 'government lobbying government' and 'lobbying on the...
Ryan Bourne
10 February 2015
1 comment

The war of words between Boots and the Labour Party has led to much political soul-searching. The salient question seems to be: ‘is Labour anti-business?’ This is not particularly...
Fernando Herrera-González
5 February 2015
comments

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama assured us that he intended to ‘protect a free and open internet’. To ascertain what Mr Obama means by a ‘free and open...
Stephanie Lis
23 January 2015
comments

Last night we learned that the government plans to change the law to ensure that cigarettes are sold in plain packages. The ostensible goal of reducing the number of smokers may be well-intentioned,...
Colin Robinson
14 January 2015
4 comments

In September 2013, at a time when energy prices were increasing, opposition leader Ed Miliband made an eye-catching proposal: a two-year freeze on the retail prices of gas and electricity. Last...