Responding to Labour’s manifesto announcement, calling for the biggest council and social house building programme for decades, Head of Political Economy at the Institute of Economic Affairs Dr Kristian Niemietz said: “While Labour is right to highlight the severity of the UK’s housing crisis, the party is wrong to focus purely on the availability of ... Continue reading
Economic Theory
Commenting on the Liberal Democrats' manifesto, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs Mark Littlewood said: “Calculations of a "Remain bonus" fail to account for the dynamic changes that could take place in our tax system and regulatory structures, creating the right conditions for an economic boom post-Brexit. “Rather than focusing on maintaining the ... Continue reading
Responding to the Conservative Party's announcement to raise the National Insurance threshold for workers, Editorial and Research Fellow Professor Len Shackleton said: "Raising the National Insurance threshold will help relieve the tax burden on those who often struggle most with their finances. “But even better than tinkering with NI thresholds would be to merge NI ... Continue reading
Responding to Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn's speeches to the Confederation of British Industry, IEA Economics Fellow Julian Jessop said: “Plenty of taxes and regulations that affect the business community are long overdue for reform. Unfortunately, the Conservative Party and Labour Party today have dodged tackling the big questions around their future, and have instead ... Continue reading
Responding to Matthew Taylor's annual lecture to the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), IEA Director-General Mark Littlewood, said: "Matthew Taylor’s gripe with free market capitalism is badly misplaced. "Taylor labels co-operatives and mutuals as examples of what he calls 'communitarian capitalism', but ignores that these options exist in the current system. ... Continue reading

IEA publishes "Nanny State on Tour"

The amount of UK foreign aid spent on nanny state interventions has skyrocketed, according to a new report from the Institute of Economic Affairs. Foreign aid has been instrumental in controlling and eradicating infectious conditions abroad, but British public health organisations have increasingly used the budget for lifestyle interventions in foreign countries - and the ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews responds to Equal Pay Day campaign

Responding to the Fawcett Society's Equal Pay Day campaign (14 November 2019), Associate Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs Kate Andrews said: "Once again, the Equal Pay Day campaign promotes a misleading narrative around women in work.  "It is plainly inaccurate to suggest women are now ‘working for free’ until the end of the year, ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood responds to Labour general election announcement

Commenting on the Labour party’s pledge to invest £26 billion more in real terms to the National Health Service, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs Mark Littlewood said: “The endless billions of pounds that are being pledged to the National Health Service in this election cycle are not costed, not responsible, and crucially ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews responds to Labour's policy on childcare

Responding to Labour's plan to expand 30 hours’ free childcare offer, Institute of Economic Affairs' Associate Director Kate Andrews said: “Childcare is a major contributor to the cost of living crisis families in the UK face, but more government intervention is not the answer. "The UK has exceptionally high childcare costs within the OECD precisely because ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews responds to Labour's latest election annoucement

Responding to Labour's plan to transform the workplace for women, Institute of Economic Affairs' Kate Andrews said: “Labour’s plans to ‘transform the workplace for women’ are misguided and counter-productive.   “Once again, the gender pay gap is being badly conflated with equal pay. Forcing small businesses to report their gender pay gap data would be a ... Continue reading