Trade, Development, and Immigration

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

In the coming days, ministers will begin to turn their attention away from the day-to-day handling of the Covid-19 crisis and towards figuring out how we recover from it. But what's the best way to do this? In his biweekly column for The Times, IEA Director General Mark Littlewood argues that "in the long march ... Continue reading

Philip Booth quoted by The Daily Mail

According to projections from the Office for Budget Responsibility, Britain's national debt is set to hit £2 trillion for the first time as the cost of the Covid-19 pandemic soars. Quoted by the Daily Mail and This is Money, IEA Senior Academic Fellow Philip Booth, argued that "we cannot just deal with this by more ... Continue reading
In response Donald Trump's announcement that the US will terminate its relationship with the World Health Organization, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon says: "You can question his timing and motives, but Mr Trump’s decision to pull out of the WHO offers an opportunity to build something better. If the WHO cannot be reformed, it ... Continue reading
In response reported changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, IEA Editorial and Research Fellow Professor Len Shackleton said:  "​Many businesses are going to find it hard to pay a proportion of wages (and associated NI contributions) if they are still prevented from opening, or have a business model which can't accommodate 2-metre social distancing. ... Continue reading

Professor Len Shackleton quoted in The Sun

Redundancies will follow "pretty quickly" after changes to the coronavirus job retention scheme as businesses have to face the reality of lower customer numbers says Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial and Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Quoted in The Sun newsetter Professor Shackleton said "It seems likely that the only way to avoid ... Continue reading

Victoria Hewson quoted in the Daily Telegraph

As some accountants report tax snooping fears could limit peoples' willingness to download the coronavirus tracking app, Victoria Hewson, Head of Regulatory Affairs at the Institute of Economic Affairs, warns trust in the app is key. She told the Daily Telegraph that while the app's terms say the data will only be used to fight ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Professor Philip Booth quoted by the Financial Times

As the Financial Times reports that the UK could face annual 5% deficits by 2024, they quoted Professor Philip Booth, IEA Senior Academic Fellow, who last week gave evidence to the Treasury Select Committee on the economic impact of coronavirus. In the session Professor Booth said “If you look at previous supply shocks and recessions, ... Continue reading

From a civil liberties perspective we are "not out of the woods," says Victoria Hewson

In response to the launch of a Coronavirus tracing programme in England today, Thursday 28th May, IEA Head of Regulatory Affairs Victoria Hewson says: "Using traditional manual contact tracing alongside technology solutions on mobile devices is sensible, especially as the elaborate, bluetooth based systems are still not proven to be effective. "But from a civil ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

Christopher Snowdon appears on the Sky News Daily Podcast

Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affair, appeared on the Sky News Daily Podcast to discuss lockdown easing and when pubs might be able to reopen. Christopher told Dermot Murganhan the sector doesn't just support thousands of jobs, many of them in small family operated pubs, but also bars, restaurants, ... Continue reading

IEA report covered by The Times

The coronavirus crisis will “bring to a head discontent with the existing system that has been growing for some time and will bring certain ideas for reform from academia and think tanks to the centre of the policy debate”, says new IEA report, covered by The Times newspaper. Read the full piece here. "C-19: Redefining ... Continue reading