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Nima Sanandaji and Stefan Fölster
16 April 2014
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As Britain's short term growth prospects improve, pressure for further economic reforms recedes. Over the past two years Parliament has enacted few structural reforms, and the pace is likely to...
Ryan Bourne
15 April 2014
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With the ‘stimulus’ versus ‘austerity’ debate having receded, George Osborne likes to talk instead about his ‘long-term economic plan’. This has been dominated by...
Philip Booth
7 April 2014
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A week ago, Mark Hoban, the former Work and Pensions Minister, called for a reform of tax relief on pensions contributions to 'equalise' the rate of relief given to all taxpayers at 30...
Ryan Bourne
24 March 2014
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‘Decentralisation. Decentralisation. Decentralisation’. It doesn’t have the same ring to it as Tony Blair’s ‘Education’ mantra, but there’s a significant...
Ryan Bourne
20 March 2014
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  With the fiscal situation still tight, and a year to go before an election in which the Chancellor will accuse the opposition of fiscal profligacy, it was never likely that this was going to...
Richard Wellings
19 March 2014
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History is unlikely to be kind to George Osborne. Four years after he became Chancellor, the national debt has exploded, the budget deficit remains at dangerously high levels and an increasing share...
Kristian Niemietz
18 March 2014
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Childcare policy used to be a very simple issue. Classical liberals, and many conservatives, used to argue that if parents with young children wanted to earn two salaries, then they should pay for...
Ryan Bourne
18 March 2014
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With Budget day upon us tomorrow, we can expect to be told that we are almost half-way through the government’s planned fiscal consolidation. Politicians will talk about how they are...
Jagadeesh Gokhale
13 March 2014
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The national budget reports of most developed nations are based on current cash flows of tax collections and government expenditures - and views on national indebtedness are based on metrics such as...
Ryan Bourne
10 March 2014
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There’s just eight days to go until the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivers his penultimate budget before next year’s general election. In recent years, the budgets have...
Christopher Snowdon
6 March 2014
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The recent suggestion by the chief medical officer Sally Davies that ‘we may need to introduce a sugar tax’ is a tribute to the extraordinary media profile of Action on Sugar, the latest...
Ryan Bourne
25 February 2014
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As recovery becomes entrenched, it is easy to forget the sense of urgency of those heady days in May 2010, when the Tory-Lib Dem coalition agreement was thrashed out. The backdrop of the Greek...
Philip Booth
14 February 2014
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In the dark days of the 1970s, Labour MPs Jeff Rooker, then aged just 36, and Audrey Wise engineered an important rebellion against Denis Healey’s 1977 Finance Act. They ensured that...
Philip Booth
6 February 2014
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It is highly likely that the Scottish people will wake up after the votes have been counted in September’s referendum with their status as citizens of the United Kingdom confirmed. That outcome...
Ryan Bourne
30 January 2014
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It’s often said that modern day politicians lack conviction – that is, they are afraid of expressing their firmly held beliefs. This is not universally true, of course. But one of the...
Steve Davies
6 December 2013
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  The Chancellor's Autumn Statement certainly contained some good news - but not enough to justify the self-congratulation that we saw, given continued concerns about how well founded the...
Kristian Niemietz
5 December 2013
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George Osborne’s general approach to managing the nation’s finances could be described as chopping off bits and pieces here and there as he goes along, which would make him the Edward...
Len Shackleton
2 December 2013
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The issue of tax avoidance cannot be divorced from the nature of the tax system, and that in turn cannot sensibly be discussed without thinking about what governments spend. We have a hugely...
Philip Booth
29 November 2013
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In a recent conference held at the IEA, there was much discussion of the Great Recession. How can we interpret the recent recession and how can George Osborne’s Autumn Statement help us get out...
Steve Davies
22 November 2013
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  The government’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme, soon to enter its second phase, is one of the most misguided and short sighted initiatives ever. It may bring short term benefits to...