The IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon explains why banning fast food outlets, as some health bodies are advocating, will do little to reduce obesity. According to Chris's new report, the economic justifications for such a measure would be patchy at best - and extremely damaging to consumer choice. Download the full report here: ... Continue reading
In the latest instalment of our podcast series, Live From Lord North Street, News Editor Kate Andrews discusses trade arrangements and customs unions post-Brexit with Shanker Singham, who is joining the IEA as the director of our new International Trade and Competition unit. The pair examine Theresa May’s recent speech - one of six in ... Continue reading
The collapse and liquidation of the building firm Carillion - a company responsible for numerous government projects - has ignited a row over Britain's system of outsourcing public services. Many are now calling for such procurement contracts to be taken back into state hands. Kate Andrews, News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs, and ... Continue reading
Hastened by sluggish productivity growth, the once unfashionable idea of a centrally planned Industrial Strategy is back on the political agenda in Britain. But will it have the desired effect? Joining us today is the IEA’s Head of Transport Dr Richard Wellings, along with Head of Tech Policy Diego Zuluaga. The pair take a look ... Continue reading
Britain takes a uniquely restrictive approach to occupational licensing. Around one in five UK employees requires a licence from government to practice their chosen occupation - a proportion which has doubled in the last fifteen years. Len Shackleton, IEA editorial fellow and author of a recent report into occupational licensing, sat down with us this ... Continue reading
The question of whether Britain should stay in the EU’s customs union has dominated the news cycle recently - with the CBI and other high profile voices suggesting that remaining in the Customs Union would be consistent with Britain’s vote to Leave the EU. But would this be a political possibility? And would it be ... Continue reading
The resale of tickets has been around for as long as humans have charged entry to events. Evidence of ticket 'touting' goes all the way back to Ancient Rome. In the 21st century though, it's becoming an increasingly controversial practice. Companies like Viagogo, Seatwave and Stubhub now offer tickets to otherwise hard-to-reach events - but, often, at a hefty price. ... Continue reading
"Fake news" - a favourite term of Donald Trump - was voted 2017's 'word of the year'. Indeed, the spread of fake news has been cited as a serious threat to democracy, free debate and the Western order - with many believing it’s made further regulation of social media inevitable. And yet, in a world ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration
On today's podcast, IEA Research Director Dr Jamie Whyte lambasts Oxfam's latest report on global inequality, arguing that the poverty-relief charity is attacking the economic system that has lead to the greatest fall in absolute poverty the world has ever seen. Interviewed by the IEA's Kate Andrews, Jamie expands on the criticisms and analysis that ... Continue reading