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Razeen Sally
22 July 2014
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It is commonplace to think, as Adam Smith did, of the wealth of nations. Now we should also focus on ‘cities and the wealth of nations’. More than ever, cities are the lifeblood of the...
Arshia Hashemi
30 May 2014
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Problems with foreign aid are pervasive. There is plenty of discussion in the development community about aid worsening corruption in recipient countries, delaying progress towards democracy and...
Philip Booth and Sushil Mohan
3 March 2014
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Fairtrade is part of the rich tapestry of institutions that develops in market economies to bring together consumers and producers. Fairtrade opens up an additional trading channel within the market...
Keith Boyfield
10 February 2014
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In 1960, Nigeria was the world’s biggest exporter of oil palm products, accounting for over 40 per cent of the world market. Today, it hardly registers at all, ranking just 24th among global...
Philip Booth
23 January 2014
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Those on the left of the political spectrum argue that many of the world’s problems are caused by big business exploiting the poor. Those who support a free economy, meanwhile, lay many of the...
Razeen Sally
24 June 2013
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The US, EU and China are the Big Three in the world. Since the global financial crisis, the conventional wisdom is that the US and EU are in decline, while China races ahead. I would turn this...
Paul Robinson
19 March 2013
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While it may be true that richer nations have a moral obligation to assist those less fortunate than themselves, the extent to which foreign aid does actually help its recipients is questionable....
Philip Booth
31 October 2012
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Today marked the publication of Tarzan’s new growth report. Not surprisingly, it is being welcomed by the Labour Party and trades unions as well as representatives of big business. Indeed,...
Alexander de Ville
23 August 2012
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In June, the European Commission drew attention to the increase in protectionist tendencies worldwide. It claimed that over the previous eight months 123 new trade restrictions had been put in...
Steve Davies
3 July 2012
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  In the late 1960s and early 1970s, at the height of the Cultural Revolution unleashed by Mao Tse Tung against his opponents in the Communist Party, China was the Mecca for a whole...
Philip Booth
22 June 2012
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It was interesting to see former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark pop up in the news again this week. I had not realised that she had been taken on as the head of the United Nations...
Emmanuel Martin
13 June 2012
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More than a year ago, observers pointed at political authoritarianism in countries such as Tunisia and Egypt as the cause of their popular revolts. For sure, lack of democratic choice, especially...
Gurpreet Hayre
19 March 2012
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  Whilst western economies have recently been experiencing recession and stagnation, many countries in Asia have enjoyed rapid economic growth, which has been sustained over several...
Philip Booth
13 March 2012
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  The country has recently been asked to celebrate the beginning of “Fairtrade Fortnight”. Fairtrade is a private certification scheme that, according to the Fairtrade Foundation...
Dalibor Rohac
5 March 2012
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During an interview on the BBC last week, at the start of ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’, I made a number of arguments against ‘fairtrade’. This produced a response from Barbara...
Ruth Porter
4 January 2012
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Brazil’s move above the UK in the world’s latest economic rankings has produced a predictable outcry about the fact that we still give the country aid at all. As lives are at stake,...
Steve Davies
8 June 2011
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A report recently published by Oxfam received a huge amount of attention. The report argued that world food prices will double over the next thirty years and that the only solution is ‘...
Julian Morris
20 May 2011
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The UK government currently faces an unprecedented budget crisis. If it fails to curb government spending, the national debt will spiral upwards, imposing an unbearable burden on future taxpayers,...
Philip Booth
24 March 2011
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Of all Christ’s teachings as reflected in the gospel accounts, there is none as consistent as his defense of the poor and downtrodden. This teaching applies also to international relations...
Tom Papworth
2 March 2011
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Over at Cafe Hayek, George Mason professor of economics Russ Roberts turns his guns on the ”buy local” fallacy. Roberts is a far better economist than I am, and I have no doubt that...