The media got very excited yesterday about a line in Boris Johnson’s recent video update, where he says the country’s response to Covid-19 shows “there really is such a thing as society.” Immediately journalists jumped upon the remark as if to say this signals a step change from Thatcherite “no such thing as society” mantra. ... Continue reading
Covid-19 is threatening lives and economies across the globe. As the UK government enforces social distancing to slow the spread of the virus, a sharp slowdown in economic activity is not only inevitable but necessary from a public health perspective. Ministers have been charged with the unenviable task of ensuring that hitting pause now does ... Continue reading
INTRODUCING... #IEAsolation! The IEA's thinkers, economists and spokespeople are isolated along with the rest of the country, but that hasn't stopped the classical liberal thoughts and ideas that normally emanate from our office in Westminster! Join us as we react to the weekly madness unleashed by the response to coronavirus. In thinking about how Westminster ... Continue reading
As humans have spread across the world, so have infectious diseases. Even in this modern era, outbreaks are nearly constant, though not every outbreak reaches pandemic level as the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has. Epidemiologists, the scientists who track the incidents and spread of diseases are always on the lookout for the next big outbreak, but predicting ... Continue reading
The Institute of Economic Affairs was delighted to host acclaimed US author Professor Bryan Caplan for our 2019 Hayek Memorial Lecture. The acclaimed author of The Myth of the Rational Voter – hailed as ‘the best political book of the year’ by the New York Times – will unveil his latest project, POVERTY – Who’s ... Continue reading
Renowned author Matt Ridley gave 2018's Hayek Memorial Lecture. Matt’s books – which include The Rational Optimist and The Evolution of Everything – have sold over a million copies and been translated into 31 languages. His TED talk “When Ideas Have Sex” has been viewed more than two million times. During his distinguished career, he’s ... Continue reading
Education
On our podcast this week, we're joined by Sophie Sandor, an independent filmmaker and education expert, and Madeline Grant, Editorial Manager at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Interviewed by the IEA's Digital Manager Darren Grimes, Sophie and Madeline take a look at state education in Britain - which currently operates in a near monopoly for ... Continue reading
STREAM the full podcast here. DOWNLOAD the briefing for free here. This year, Saturday November 10th is Equal Pay Day - the day the Fawcett Society calculates that women, on average, essentially start working for free, because of the gender pay gap.  But Office for National Statistics calculated just a few weeks back that the pay ... Continue reading