Philip Booth writes for City AM

Philip Booth, Senior Academic Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM the government's pledge to invest in innovation, infrastructure and housing. In the article, Philip argues that more government investment may increase productivity in theory, but it does not follow that actual government spending on investment will do so in ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times Business

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Times Business on the government's industrial policy. In his article, Mark argues that in the past, dreams of the state promoting high-tech, modern innovations as a guaranteed route to success have also led to notorious failures. Ministers should instead put forward ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

Chris Snowdon writes for The Times

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Times on how minimum alcohol pricing is not the solution to excessive drinking in Britain. In his article, Chris argues that if high prices were the solution to prevent excessive drinking, Britain would be one of the soberest places ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Kate Andrews writes for The Telegraph

Kate Andrews, News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Telegraph about our tax system and what the fairest rate of tax would be. In her article, Kate argues that to improve the health and welfare of our economy, we need bold tax reform. A simpler, fairer tax system is needed ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

Mark Littlewood appears on BBC Radio 4's PM programme

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Radio 4's PM programme to discuss UK access to the single market. In the interview Mark argues that it's unlikely there will be ongoing UK contributions to the EU, but it can't be wholly ruled out. It's not a question of ... Continue reading

Dr Richard Wellings comments on the front page of the Daily Mail

Dr Richard Wellings, Head of Transport at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented on the front page of the Daily Mail today on the proposals from Nice to reduce speed limits. In the article Richard argues that reducing speed limits and imposing new vehicle regulations would impose huge additional costs on drivers and businesses. ... Continue reading

Dr Steve Davies appears on BBC Radio Humberside

Dr Stephen Davies, Head of Education at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Radio Humberside to discuss the benefits of rent-to-own companies. In the interview Steve argues that rent-to-own companies are providing a necessary service for people who cannot afford to buy domestic appliances up front. A price cap would simply reduce ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for CapX

Kate Andrews, News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for CapX on the government's plans to wade in on executive pay. In her article Kate argues that the requirement going forward seems to rely on stoking public hostility as a means of forcing companies to lower salaries at the top end. But ... Continue reading
Regulation

Nerissa Chesterfield appears on BBC Radio 5 Live

Nerissa Chesterfield, Communications Officer at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss rent-to-own companies and why a cap on pricing would be harmful. In the interview Nerissa argues that these rent-to-own companies provide a last-chance resource for those in low-income households to have access to basic household products ... Continue reading

Philip Booth writes for City AM

Philip Booth, Senior Academic Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM about the victory of Francois Fillon in the French primaries. In his article Philip argues that what is clear from this result is that self-styled, liberal, left-wing politics is struggling in many countries and the problem lies in the attitude ... Continue reading