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Ryan Bourne
16 October 2014
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Over the past 24 hours I’ve been asked to appear on three radio shows to discuss Lord Freud’s comments on people with severe disabilities and learning difficulties and the national...
Geoffrey E. Wood
24 September 2014
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We often hear when a group of lower-paid workers goes on strike that they ‘deserve more’, that they ‘need a living wage’. There is now something called the ‘London...
Len Shackleton
4 August 2014
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For a long time, Germany did not have a national minimum wage – although unions, bargaining at industry level, were able to negotiate minima which held across all firms in specific industries....
Len Shackleton
21 July 2014
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A few years ago, a Civitas report estimated that around 73 per cent of the population have ‘protected’ status, in that they may be able to claim that they are discriminated against in...
Len Shackleton
24 June 2014
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John Sentamu, the charismatic Archbishop of York, has again thrown his weight behind the recommendations of the Living Wage Commission he chairs. Not to be confused with the government’s Low...
Len Shackleton
16 June 2014
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It is rare indeed that we see a government policy clearly succeeding in its objectives within a short time frame. However this seems to be what has happened with the coalition’s introduction of...
Len Shackleton
9 June 2014
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HMRC has just published a new list of 25 employers who have failed to pay the National Minimum Wage. This is part of a ‘naming and shaming’ exercise under a policy announced last year....
Ryan Bourne
20 May 2014
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The Labour Party used to be ‘intensely relaxed’ about people getting rich. Now it is ‘intensely relaxed’ about the ability of governments, rather than markets, to set prices...
Ryan Bourne
19 May 2014
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Over the past week, there have been trade union protests about both low hourly pay and zero hours contracts. On Wednesday, the GMB Union protested outside the retailer Next’s AGM in order to...
Ryan Bourne
13 May 2014
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Economic protectionism is back. UKIP has put immigration at the forefront of its EU election campaign, implying that competition in the jobs market from EU nationals is bad for UK interests. Labour...
Len Shackleton
24 April 2014
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Two interesting equal pay issues have come to light recently. In one, concluded yesterday, a group of male manual workers originally employed by Swansea Metropolitan University, which merged with the...
Len Shackleton
3 April 2014
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While welcoming George Osborne’s emphasis this week on raising employment, I have some caveats about his target – to have the highest employment rate in the G7. This isn’t hugely...
Ryan Bourne
2 April 2014
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As the economic debate has shifted away from macroeconomic outcomes to living standards, politicians across all parties have become increasingly interested in pay, particularly for those on low...
Stephen Michael MacLean
27 February 2014
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The allure of minimum wage laws arises once more in both the UK and the US. While Chancellor Osborne has suggested raising the national minimum wage to £7.00, President Obama’s State of...
Ryan Bourne
21 February 2014
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Public choice theorist William Niskanen had much to say on the growth of government bureaucracies and bodies. Whilst recognising that they ultimately depend on politicians for their budgets, they...
Kent Matthews
29 January 2014
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GDP growth of 0.7 per cent in the final quarter of 2013 has finally confirmed that the recovery is taking hold. Growth for 2013 as a whole has come in at just under 2 per cent. Whilst welcome, this...
Kristian Niemietz
20 January 2014
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- ‘Unexpected item in the bagging area.’ - ‘Please put the item back in the bag.’ - ‘Please wait for assistance.’ If you have heard these phrases before, you are...
Len Shackleton
16 January 2014
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It is widely rumoured that the government is moving towards a commitment to increase the national minimum wage (NMW) well above levels suggested by the – usually fairly sensible – Low...
Len Shackleton
14 January 2014
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The UK’s labour market has performed much better since 2008 than many expected. It is clear that, compared with the high degree of regulation in continental Europe, our relatively more flexible...
Kristian Niemietz
15 November 2013
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  The term ‘heterodox economist’ has a great ring to it. It seems to announce a daring and original thinker. Here’s somebody who defies conventional wisdom, the term suggests,...