Emma Revell writes for City AM

While Sweden may have taught us how to make excellent meatballs or how to build flatpack furhiture, there's another - more serious - lesson to take from our Scandinavian cousins: the disaster that is rent controls. Writing for City AM, the IEA's Head of Communication, Emma Revell argues that while rent controls might make sense ... Continue reading

Julian Jessop quoted in The Telegraph

Commenting on the news that three millionaires have signed a Davos letter demanding higher taxes on the rich, the IEA's Economics Fellow Julian Jessop said what while the letter may be well meant "it is full of the usual dodgy statistics and shaky economics." Read the full article here.... Continue reading

Dr Richard Wellings quoted in City AM

Responding to the National Audit Office's damning assessment of HS2, Dr Richard Wellings, the IEA's Head of transports, said: “It’s not too late to scrap HS2.” Quoted in City AM, Richard said that while there is a need for improving transport capacity, "HS2 is not an efficient or cost-effective solution." Read the full article here.... Continue reading

Dr Richard Wellings quoted in The Times

HS2 is running ten years behind schedule and it is impossible to know how much it will ultimately cost, the National Audit Office has found. Quoted in The Times, the IEA's Head of Transport, Dr Richard Wellings said the government should "stop pouring billions" into this "deeply unpopular vanity project" and look at how the ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

Alex Hammond writes for CapX

Over the last 20 years, GDP in sub-Saharan Africa has tripled, and average per capita incomes, adjusted for inflation and purchasing power, have more than doubled. Writing for CapX, the IEA's Alex Hammond, Policy Adviser to the Director General, argues that while the continent has a long way to go to catch up with the West, we should be ... Continue reading

Victoria Hewson writes for The Telegraph

Reports suggest that the Commission is preparing to offer the UK a trade deal on even harsher terms than its agreements with Canada, Japan and other trading partners. But while mutual recognition would be a "desirable outcome", our negotiators should remember that British businesses have already prepared for not having it, argues the IEA's Head of Regulatory ... Continue reading

Emily Carver writes for Free Market Conservatives

Sweden’s intention was to create a fairer society; that people would be able to live side by side in villages and cities alike, irrespective of their income. "But as economist Milton Friedman said, it’s a mistake to judge policies by their intentions rather than their results", argues the IEA's Media Manager, Emily Carver. "As with ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for CapX

Far from being a boost to the local economy, the Bristol Pound has more likely been a drain on it, says the IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon. Writing for CapX, Chris argues that the logic of local currencies rests on the economic fallacy of mercantilism and the assumption that the route to prosperity ... Continue reading
Housing and Planning

Adam Bartha writes for CapX

While rent controls might seem like an intuitively good idea, the experience of other cities, such as Stockholm, shows the disastrous unintended consequences of such measures, says the IEA's Director of Epicenter, Adam Bartha. Writing for CapX, Adam argues that we should look to Sweden as a cautionary tale, where rent controls have imposed deep ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Telegraph

While those attending Davos may be genuinely well-intentioned, but "those committed to free markets, enterprise and giving a fair crack of the whip to the little guy should treat the forum with extreme scepticism", says the IEA's Director General Mark Littlewood. Writing for The Telegraph, Mark argues that the summit is the standout example of ... Continue reading