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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...
Christopher Snowdon
16 July 2014
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Recently, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation released an updated version of its Minimum Income Standard (MIS) which looks at what modern Britons need to achieve an ‘acceptable standard of living...
Ryan Bourne
9 July 2014
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You can often tell where someone is coming from in public policy debates by their use of language. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, for example, Thomas Piketty uses the word ‘claimed...
Ryan Bourne
13 June 2014
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Zero-hours contracts. High prices. Benefit cuts. Unemployment. Childcare costs. According to the international development charity Oxfam, the combination of these individual factors in Britain has...
Philip Booth
22 May 2014
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Yesterday, Catholic Archbishop George Stack made some remarks about poverty which, like so many remarks made by bishops on the subject, took statistics out of context in order to justify very...
Philip Booth
18 May 2014
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According to columnists on the left, Thomas Piketty’s new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has not been adequately answered by those who believe in free-market capitalism. One obvious...
Anna Rowlands and Philip Booth
23 April 2014
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    Anna Rowlands: Philip Booth raises the question of a Catholic reflection on the role of the state, and whether the Cardinal’s comments place him in a position of personal opinion...
Philip Booth and Anna Rowlands
17 April 2014
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  Anna Rowlands: Ensuring that all citizens are protected from destitution and receive basic care and subsistence when in dire need has typically been seen as the core purpose of the welfare...
Kristian Niemietz
3 April 2014
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Most arguments in favour of a mandatory living wage, or a large hike in the National Minimum Wage (NMW), are playing to a left-wing gallery. There is the paleo-Keynesian argument that a higher NMW...
Christopher Snowdon
21 March 2014
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On Sunday, the Observer reported that ‘Inequality costs Britain £39bn a year’. This is based on the belief that ‘a more equal UK would experience less crime and imprisonment,...
Kristian Niemietz
26 February 2014
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41% – 3%. 27% – 0.7%. 48% – 27.8% Do these figures ring a bell? You have probably come across them in one form or another, because they form the backbone of the pro-dependency left...
Ryan Bourne
18 February 2014
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I’d just arrived in the office when the telephone rang. The enraged caller let rip in a ten-minute diatribe before threatening to put something disgusting through my letter box. For similar...
Kristian Niemietz
24 January 2014
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Over the past few months, in a series of articles, Independent columnist Owen Jones has outlined a socialist response to the cost-of-living crisis - ‘bread-and-butter socialism’, as he...
Steve Davies
21 January 2014
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Yesterday saw the government announce the latest in a line of restrictions on the benefits immigrants can claim. New jobless EU migrants will be denied access to Housing Benefit from April, and will...
Gabriel Sahlgren
8 January 2014
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The past decades have been a remarkable success story in terms of the trajectory of our well-being in old age. We live longer and our health has improved, which of course should be causes for...
Kristian Niemietz
14 November 2013
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Poverty campaign groups in the UK are heavily fixated on increasing welfare transfers and expanding social services. To organisations like the Child Poverty Action Group and Oxfam, tackling poverty...

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