Trade, Development, and Immigration

Alexander Hammond writes for 1828

Covid-19 has crippled the world economy, but nowhere has the economic costs been more severe than in Africa, writes Alexander Hammond, Policy Adviser to the IEA's Director General. In an article for 1828, Alexander argues that "unless rapid reforms are adopted, much of the human progress Africa has made in recent years will vanish." Read ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for Spiked

Throughout the visitation of Wuhan Virus, there has been a palpable desire from certain quarters to find a lifestyle factor to blame, but as IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon points out, "evidence for such assertions is hard to find". Writing for Spiked, Christopher argues that the Government should ditch nanny state interventions and ... Continue reading

Annabel Denham writes for The Telegraph

One potentially dire consequence of the coronavirus pandemic has been the substantial reduction in the number of MMR jabs administered (5,000 fewer to end-April 2020 compared with last year) - which may, as IEA Director of Communications Annabel Denham warns, lead to a rise in measles - a highly infectious and more dangerous disease than ... Continue reading
"The CMA recommendations are based on fears for possible future harms to innovation and competition. Rather than wait for any such harms to consumers to be proven, they wish to empower a regulator to take preemptive action - which would be a dangerous step, predicated on the idea that expert regulators could know what configuration ... Continue reading

Dr Kristian Niemietz writes for CapX

"The case for limited government does not rest on the assumption that we are all perfectly rational and benign. It rests on the assumption that whatever “messy, complicated human frailties” we may have as individuals are amplified, not neutralised, by politics and political decisionmaking" says Dr Kristian Niemietz, Head of Political Economy at the Institute ... Continue reading

Professor Philip Booth writes for CapX

Boris Johnson should look to West Germany, not America, if he wants to revive the economy, says Professor Philip Booth, Senior Academic Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for CapX, Philip argues Boris Johnson's proposal ‘Rooseveltian’ New Deal for Britain isn't anything of the sort and that the British response to the Great ... Continue reading
Labour Market

Professor Len Shackleton writes for No Desire To Retire

The attitude to older people in the Covid-19 pandemic has been far too negative; many make a massive contribution, writes the IEA's Editorial and Research Fellow Professor Len Shackleton. Writing for No Desire To Retire, Len argues the as the population continues to age, and the cost of state pensions and elder care increases, we ... Continue reading

Professor Len Shackleton writes for The Telegraph

With calls to remove a memorial window dedicated to Sir Ronald Fisher because of his connections with eugenics, John Maynard Keynes must surely be next in line for dabbling in eugenics, writes IEA editorial and research fellow Professor Len Shackleton. In a column for The Telegraph, Len argues that "a consistent application of wokeness to ... Continue reading
Responding to the Prime Minister’s plans for the UK’s economic recovery post Covid-19, IEA Senior Academic Fellow Professor Philip Booth said: “We should be wary of hype about a 'Rooseveltian' New Deal. To begin with, the impact of the original New Deal was not positive. The US had the longest Great Depression of any major ... Continue reading

Julian Jessop quoted by The Edge Markets

Responding to the Prime Minsiter's promise of a  ‘new deal’ to rebuild U.K. economy after virus, IEA Fellow Julian Jessop said “Infrastructure spending can get the biggest bang for the buck over the longer term, if projects are chosen carefully and boost productivity, but it is hard to find a large number of worthwhile shovel-ready ... Continue reading