Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

Although eligibility for benefits retains a small element of the contributory principle "national insurance contributions are now, to all intents and purposes, merely another form of general taxation", says Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing his fortnightly column for The Times, Mark argues that once the coronavirus pandemic is over ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood quoted in The Sunday Times

While we've seen restrictions put on our everyday lives, governments have been "simultaneously engaged in a fairly radical programme of liberalisation in an attempt to keep the economy functioning", says IEA Director General Mark Littlewood. Quoted by Dominic Lawson in a comment piece for The Sunday Times, Mark said, “there has been a liberalisation of ... Continue reading

New IEA report by Prof Len Shackleton

With "fewer that one on 6 home workers will be able to work productively during the Coronavirus outbreak", people are having to re-examine their home and working practices right now. The findings of new IEA report 'Pass the Remote: Why we can't all work from home' were discussed on BBC Radio 4 in light of ... Continue reading

Professor Philip Booth writes for CapX

Free marketeers are reluctant to consider higher taxes to pay for the government's current corona-related spending but they should be "more allergic to the narrative of fiscal stimulus, with its subliminal message that we are getting something for nothing", says Professor Philip Booth, Senior Academic Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for CapX, ... Continue reading
Labour Market

Emma Revell writes for City A.M.

Studies show working from home can have a positive effect on productivity and lead to a reduction in sick leave but we shouldn't expect coronavirus to revolutionise our working lives, says Emma Revell, Head of Communications at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for City A.M., Emma argues that those suggesting we may never return ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton writes for The Telegraph

For the "great majority" of those locked-down at home, normal working is impossible, writes IEA Editorial and Research Fellow Prof Len Shackleton for The Telegraph. We should be looking at "incentivising and acommodating" people into different sectors of the economy, where there are vacancies such as farming or in the NHS. Read the full article ... Continue reading
Society and Culture

Prof Len Shackleton quoted in The Times

"We shouldn't expect a boom in working from home once the current restrictions are lifted" said the IEA's Editorial and Research Fellow Prof Len Shackleton following the release of his new IEA report, 'Pass the Romote: Why we can't all work from home'. Quoted by The Times, Len said "we should be clear that, for ... Continue reading

Julian Jessop quoted in the Yorkshire Post

Commenting on Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s plans to support the self-employed during the Covid-19 pandemic Julian Jessop, IEA Economics Fellow, said: "the Chancellor has done a good job in drawing up a sensible package to support the selfemployed, who are a relatively diverse group of people with different needs and different levels of engagement with the ... Continue reading

Victoria Hewson writes for The Telegraph

Coronavirus proves that “there really is such as thing a society” said the Prime Minister in a video message last night, as he paid tribute to the efforts of public and private sector workers, volunteers, and the British people for complying with instructions to stay at home. But as the IEA's Head of Regulatory Affairs Victoria ... Continue reading