Richard Koch Breakthrough Prize winning essay features on CapX

The winning entry for the 2019 Richard Koch Breakthrough Prize has been summarised by IEA Academic and Research Director Syed Kamall and featured on the CapX website. Under the proposed new policy, put forward by Peter Ainsworth and Dr Tom McKenzie, would see universities lending to students rather than the government, with both students and ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood quoted in City A.M.

The Queen's Speech, set out yesterday in Parliament, had "too much emphasis on the role of the state, and not enough of the role of free markets”, says IEA Director General Mark Littlewood. Quoted in City A.M., Mark also criticised proposals for a new points-based immigration system which would allocate migrants additional points for moving ... Continue reading

IEA responds to the Queen's Speech

Commenting on the Queen’s Speech, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: "The Government’s commitment to preserve free trade with the European Union and expand free trade with the rest of the world remain a welcome pledge, as emphasised throughout Conservative Party Conference and again in the Queen’s Speech today. "But the ... Continue reading

City A.M. covers the 2019 Richard Koch Breakthrough Prize awards

The Richard Koch Breakthrough Prize was awarded to a proposal for an individual nest-egg for lifelong learning, reports City A.M. Under the proposed new policy, put forward by Peter Ainsworth and Dr Tom McKenzie, students and universities “would gain from a liberalised risk-sharing pricing system that makes them partners – working together to improve graduates’ ... Continue reading

Alexander C. R. Hammond writes for The Washington Times

US businesses are risking condoning human rights violations and censoring in China as "being brave has become less important to companies as access to China’s enormous market grows into an ever more irresistible prize to firms around the world", writes Alexander C. R. Hammond, Policy Adviser to the IEA Director General. Writing in The Washington Times, ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for City A.M.

"To propose that sandwich-eating on a bus is an issue to be tackled, a problem to be solved, a danger to the children, is somewhere on the spectrum between hysterical and absurd" says Kate Andrews, Associate Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, and yet that is one of several proposals in the latest report ... Continue reading

IEA report covered by the Daily Express

The Daily Express has reported on a new IEA publication which proposes a new model for the future of the BBC, suggesting a switch to a subscriber-owned mutual. Professor Philip Booth, author of the report, said "Such an ownership model for the BBC would be fit-for-purpose in the modern broadcasting world, detach the BBC from ... Continue reading
Peter Ainsworth, Managing Director of Consulting AM Ltd, and Dr Tom McKenzie , an academic economist specialising in Behavioural Economics and Public Finance, will tonight be announced as the winners of the £50,000 Breakthrough Prize. The prize – run by the Institute of Economic Affairs and supported by entrepreneur Richard Koch – sought to find the best and boldest ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Mark Littlewood quoted by the FT Adviser

The rising cost of pension tax relief could be curtailed if the relief were scrapped, reports the FT Adviser. In his fortnightly column for The Times, IEA Director General Mark Littlewood said the relief wasn't justified and the money would be better spent on scrapping inheritance tax, as recently hinted at by the Chancellor at ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

Mark Littlewood writes for The Detroit News

Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs, has written an op-ed for The Detroit News, explaining the current political situation with regards Brexit for a US audience and setting out his hopes for a strengthened US-UK relationship in future. Writing for the US daily newspaper, Mark argues that although the world may ... Continue reading