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Kristian Niemietz
1 February 2016
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The Housing and Planning Bill, which will speed up the sale of social housing, has come under fire from various quarters. The Local Government Association described it as a shift in public spending...
Ryan Bourne
10 December 2015
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This article was first published by CapX.   Julia Hartley-Brewer the other day ridiculed a guaranteed basic income – the idea that we should replace the welfare state with a cash payment...
Ryan Bourne
20 October 2015
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Politicians spend much of their time worrying about repeating the political mistakes of their predecessors. In recent weeks, Conservative MPs have mused over whether changes to tax credits could have...
Michael Tanner and Charles Hughes
7 October 2015
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As the United Kingdom looks to reform its policies for dealing with the poor and unemployed, it should take notice of one basic fact: There is no evidence to suggest that poor people are lazy, but...
Len Shackleton
29 September 2015
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New government spending programmes rapidly acquire permanence, and their removal then seems heartless and unprincipled. A case in point is free school lunches for all 5-7 year-olds. At the 2013...
Nima Sanandaji
17 September 2015
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During a tour to Paris, Bruce Springsteen explained that his dream was for the US to adapt a Swedish style welfare state. The famous musician is far from alone in idealising Scandinavian policies....
Ryan Bourne
25 June 2015
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Child poverty (measured as children living in a household below 60 per cent of median income) has remained unchanged. But in recent days, as it was expected to have risen, it has been said the...
Ryan Bourne
23 June 2015
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Bruce Springsteen may have been “Born in the USA”, but he says he’d prefer the US to be more like Sweden. With its generous welfare state, many hold up the Swedes, and other...
Kristian Niemietz
29 April 2015
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When the action movie ‘Thor’ and its sequel were shown in cinemas, the media often referred to its protagonist as a ‘Viking God’ or an ‘ancient Scandinavian God’....
Ryan Bourne
7 April 2015
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In the aftermath of the Cold War, we were told that capitalism had won. Communism had been defeated, and we were entering Francis Fukuyama’s “End of History” – with capitalist...
Ryan Bourne
18 February 2015
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Forget all the populist welfare crackdowns dominating the election headlines over the past week. These are small fry compared to the gargantuan task of rolling out the government’s long-awaited...
Christopher Snowdon
16 February 2015
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Robert Peston, the BBC’s economics editor, has recently made his contribution to the rapidly growing genre of polemical inequality documentaries with the ‘The Price of Inequality’...
Ryan Bourne
28 January 2015
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Fairly often the facts get in the way of a good meme. The cricketer Stuart Broad has angered a host of constantly-outraged egalitarians by tweeting that ‘I’ve heard if you earn minimum...
Ryan Bourne
20 January 2015
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One of the insights of the Public Choice School of economics is that voting groups with more homogenous interests will have much more influence on the political process than those with more diffuse...
Philip Booth
8 December 2014
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Interventions by Christian clergy in welfare debates are commonplace. Indeed Cardinal Nichols argued this year in an interview for The Daily Telegraph that the welfare safety net had been torn apart...
Sam Collins
17 October 2014
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There is a wonderful story about the realism (or pessimism) of young people. A polling company had asked a group of university students whether they believed they had a better chance of receiving a...
Kristian Niemietz
15 October 2014
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William Beveridge is not a popular figure among classical liberals. He is blamed for paving the way for the nationalisation of social security, or at least greatly amplifying an existing trend in...
Philip Booth
2 October 2014
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George Osborne’s conference speech earlier this week brought back memories of a paper that was published by the IEA back in 2011 called Sharing the Burden which caused something of a storm. The...
Ryan Bourne
7 September 2014
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Today marks the start of the IEA’s ‘Cutting the UK's Cost of Living’ month as part of our 2020 Vision programme – an attempt to shine a light on key issues which we...
Philip Booth
8 August 2014
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To me, reducing poverty matters very much. That is why I believe in a market economy. However, I am entirely uninterested in the issue of inequality. If you take the position that inequality matters...