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Benjamin Powell
21 July 2016
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The rapid economic growth of East Asian economies after World War II led many to mistakenly believe that government industrial planning policies were the key to their success. Nothing could be...
Ryan Bourne
20 July 2016
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It really could happen. Republican candidate Donald Trump might win the presidency of the United States on an overtly protectionist, anti-trade ticket. In a recent speech he slammed...
Diego Zuluaga
27 June 2016
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This article is based on a presentation delivered at the Restructuring of the Global Economy (ROGE) conference, Oxford University.   It is a pleasure to address this conference on the...
Diego Zuluaga
1 June 2016
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An article from the IMF’s magazine, entitled ‘Neoliberalism: Oversold?’, has been making the rounds on social media. This is not surprising: bemoan ‘neoliberalism’ in...
Diego Zuluaga
11 May 2016
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The climate of opinion around free trade has changed dramatically on both sides of the Atlantic in the last few years. Both presumptive presidential nominees in the U.S. are lukewarm about, if ...
Christopher Snowdon
18 April 2016
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Last year, Exeter became the latest city in Britain to introduce a local currency. Totnes, Bristol and Lewes had already done so. Supporters of the Exeter Pound, which can only be exchanged at...
Laura Llewellyn-Jones
11 February 2016
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This article compares the impact of Mobile Money on Kenya, the largest economy in East Africa, with its impact on Nigeria, the largest economy in West Africa (and Africa as a whole). We see very...
Jonathan Portes
8 February 2016
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The essence of the economic case for migration is very simple: it is the same as the case for markets in general. If people take decisions on the basis of their own economic self-interest, this will...
Kristian Niemietz
24 December 2015
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As a teenager, I used to read a magazine which had a rubric called “Whatever happened to…”, which was dedicated to the forgotten pop stars of yesteryear. These were usually artists...
Ryan Bourne
9 December 2015
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Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s decision to give away 99 per cent of their $45bn Facebook wealth has received a mixed reaction. One would have thought that, among right-on opinion, the...
Rob Gibson
2 December 2015
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Poor people in developing countries are the modern day equivalents of serfs in early modern Europe, but instead of the ‘divine rights of kings’ they contend with the ‘development...
Declan French
12 November 2015
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In the Millennium Declaration in 2000, the UN General Assembly resolved to reduce under-five child mortality by two thirds of their existing rates by the year 2015. The most recent Millennium...
Marian L. Tupy
2 October 2015
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Is inequality increasing or decreasing? The answer depends on our point of reference. In America, the income gap between the top 1% and the rest has grown appreciably. It is true that most of us see...
Christian Stadler and Lynne Kiesling
14 September 2015
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Do free markets help or oppress the poor? What, if anything, have free markets done for the poor worldwide? In this panel discussion at the IEA's THINK Conference, chaired by Ryan Bourne, this...
Johan Norberg and Henrik Jönsson
11 August 2015
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Is Capitalism a force for good in the world? At the IEA's THINK conference on 11 July 2015, Johan Norberg and Henrik Jönsson teamed up to explain how capitalism has so far succeeded in...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
22 July 2015
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We tend to forget how much of a basket case Latin America was only forty years ago. From 1959 onwards, the continent’s countries were, one by one and with few exceptions, gripped by...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
27 May 2015
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The Left’s enthusiasm for Venezuela has waned significantly of late. As the country is gripped by galloping inflation, massive shortages of food and other essentials, and a steep...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
7 May 2015
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In the ongoing negotiations for a free trade pact between the EU and the US, the question of investment protection, and in particular the infamous investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clause,...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
22 April 2015
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Ever since the new European Commission took over at the end of last year, TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) has been the talk of the town in Brussels. Like Jean-Claude...
Philip Booth
16 April 2015
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We are frequently given quite pessimistic assessments of the environment and of the world economy through Vatican documents, lectures and homilies. Sometimes these are designed to make us think or...