fter months of anticipation, Theresa May’s government has finally fleshed out in detail their view of Britain's future relationship with the EU - but what would these proposals really look like in practice? Today we’re joined by members of the IEA’s Trade and International Competition Unit, who give their view of the Chequers proposals and ... Continue reading
The advance of AI and robotics brings many challenges as well as huge opportunities - and public concern about changes in the labour market has been mounting in recent years. But is our pessimism justified? Could we be viewing the AI debate in the wrong way? Today we're joined by Len Shackleton, the IEA’s Editorial ... Continue reading
Today we’re joined by the IEA’s Research Director Dr Jamie Whyte, and Catherine McBride, Senior Economist in the IEA’s International Trade and Competition Unit, who analyse the future of Britain’s financial services post-Brexit. Interviewed by the IEA’s Digital Officer Madeline Grant, the pair discuss to what extent Brexit will actually affect the vibrancy of Britain’s ... Continue reading
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
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
Regulation
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
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
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