Calls from politicians, including the Mayor of London, to introduce rent caps are misguided and would impose immense economic and social costs on the capital, according to a new report from Swedish think tank Timbro, part of the IEA’s EPICENTER network. ‘Rent Controls: How they damage the housing market, the economy and society', by EPICENTER and ... Continue reading
Responding to calls from Action on Sugar to extend the sugar tax to pre-mixed alcoholic drinks, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon said: "The tax on pre-mixed alcoholic drinks is at least four times higher than the tax on sugary drinks. Action on Sugar and the Alcohol Health Alliance are kidding themselves if they think ... Continue reading
Commenting on Oxfam’s latest report 'Time to Care', Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs said: “Oxfam’s obsession with the top one percent once again distracts from the real issue of poverty. “If the charity’s goal is to end world poverty, Oxfam should be making the case for ensuring the right institutional ... Continue reading
Commenting on the High Pay Centre’s analysis of FTSE 100 CEO salaries, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs Mark Littlewood said: “Comparing CEO salaries to the average salary serves to stoke public hostility, and misleads workers to believe that cuts at the top end will directly translate to top-ups at the bottom. “In today's ... Continue reading
Plans to ban the sale of energy drinks to teenagers are “unscientific” and “discriminatory” according to a new report from the Institute of Economic Affairs. ‘Vox Pop’, written by the IEA’s Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon, found that the plans – proposed on the basis that high levels of sugar and caffeine could be ... Continue reading
Universal Basic Income (UBI) is gathering increasing support from both the political left and right but there is no clear consensus over what the best model might look like, argues a new report from the Institute of Economics Affairs. ‘Universal Basic Income: The State of Play in the UK Today’, written by IEA Head of ... Continue reading

IEA responds to the Queen's Speech

Commenting on the Queen’s Speech, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: “The Queen’s Speech makes clear the government’s commitment to negotiate and secure free trade agreements with the European Union and the rest of the world. “The plans set out for an NHS Funding Bill do nothing to address the ... Continue reading
Calls to bring key utilities back under state control “ignore important lessons” from the post-war period, argues a new report from the Institute of Economic Affairs published today. Renationalisation: Back to the Future, written by IEA Economics Fellow Julian Jessop and IEA Editorial and Research Fellow Professor Len Shackleton, explores the case for restoring water, ... Continue reading
Commenting on new evidence from the Office for National Statistics showing that the number of alcohol-related deaths fell in England by 145, fell in Wales by 13 and rose in Scotland by 16, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs Christopher Snowdon said: “It’s welcome news that there were 158 fewer deaths ... Continue reading
Commenting on the Labour Party's pledge to cut rail fares by a third if elected, Editorial and Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs Professor Len Shackleton said: "Labour’s new pledge to cut rail fares by a third as part of their nationalisation scheme would shift the financial burden from richer commuters to poorer ... Continue reading