This week on our podcast, the IEA's Head of Health and Welfare Dr Kristian Niemietz discusses the UK's national treasure- also known as the National Health Service. In the wake of yet another winter crisis, Kristian explains how other countries manage to avoid system shutdowns every year, mainly through the use of market mechanisms that ... Continue reading
Housing and Planning
In our first podcast of 2018, we look at one of the most critical areas in public policy - housing. The Institute of Economic Affairs’s Kristian Niemietz and former Head of Research at the Adam Smith Institute Ben Southwood discuss the housing shortage, its supply-side nature and the politics which underpin it. Interviewed by the IEA's Kate Andrews, ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
After months of talks, EU and UK negotiators have finally reached an agreement on Phase 1 of the Brexit talks, to begin trade talks in the New Year. But just how binding is all of this? IEA Chief Economist and Head of the Brexit Unit Julian Jessop, and Digital Officer Madeline Grant discuss the outstanding ... Continue reading
What do Momentum and Moggmentum have in common? Find out in our round-up of 2017, featuring the IEA's Director General Mark Littlewood and Communications Director Stephanie Lis. Interviewed by the IEA's News Editor Kate Andrews, the three discuss the state of the Brexit negotiations, the problems in Parliament, Donald Trump's America, and predictions for 2018. SUBSCRIBE to ... Continue reading
On December 5th, the Institute of Economic Affairs hosted a debate at our offices, asking if economist and author John Mills had the solutions to the UK’s economic problems. At the heart of John’s plan is a proposal to lift the share of manufacturing and investment by engineering a substantial fall in the exchange rate. ... Continue reading
What is the best way to measure poverty? Intuitively, this question might not seem necessary - surely, we know poverty when we see it. But while we can probably agree that the inhabitants of Victorian slums were in poverty, in many cases today things aren't so clear cut. Our Chief Economist Julian Jessop examines this question in ... Continue reading
Dr Steven Landsburg, Professor of Economics at Rochester University, and IEA Research Director Dr Jamie Whyte examine tax rates, and how to devise a system that encourages growth. Steven concludes that taxes on capital, often cited by many as a way to resolve inequality, are in fact a form of ‘double taxation’ - targeting wealth that has ... Continue reading
Dr Steven Landsburg, Professor of Economics at Rochester University, and IEA Research Director Dr Jamie Whyte sit down to address the question ‘Is the world overpopulated, and how would we know?’ For Prof Landsburg's full 2017 Hayek Lcture on population, visit: Continue reading
Left-wing movements in Britain, and further afield, are increasingly citing the Scandinavian or Nordic economic model as a desirable alternative to capitalism. But is Scandinavian socialism really all its cracked up to be? Today, Dr Steve Davies and Kate Andrews of the IEA put the Nordic model under the spotlight - and examine to what ... Continue reading