Christopher Snowdon writes for The Critic

"Believing [the NHS] to be the best [healthcare system] in the world requires a uniquely insular form of blind patriotism" says Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for The Critic magazine, Christopher notes that "your chances of still being alive five years after being diagnosed with cancer are ... Continue reading

Syed Kamall writes for the Daily Telegraph

Global free trade "is the foundation of modern economies and modern prosperity" but it has been severely effected by the coronavirus pandemic and "several factors may inhibit the trade rebound once this crisis has passed" says Syed Kamall, IEA Academic and Research Director. Writing for the Daily Telegraph following the publication of his report 'Freight ... Continue reading
Economic Theory
In the run-up to his big speech, all the talk was of the Prime Minister promising a ‘Rooseveltian’ New Deal for Britain. Fortunately, when it came to it, he wasn’t promising anything of the sort. Why fortunately? A tale of two countries provides the answer. Despite all the hardship that was endured (especially in the ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

Syed Kamall writes for City A.M.

"Free trade is a cornerstone of the global economy. It has lifted billions out of poverty and enabled the highest living standards than at any point in human history" so it is worrying that the World Trade Organisation has reported a stark drop in global trade volumes since the coronavirus pandemic began says Syed Kamall, ... Continue reading

Post-pandemic prospects for global trade

Summary The World Trade Organization has predicted that global trade in goods will drop by between 13 and 32 per cent in 2020 as a result of the pandemic. The last time trade volumes dropped substantially, during the financial crisis of 2008, they recovered – but not at pre-crisis rates of growth. Before the current ... Continue reading
The current economic slowdown has exposed the potential fragility of global supply chains and exacerbated concerns over trading with China, says new briefing paper. The World Trade Organization has predicted that global trade in goods will drop by between 13 and 32 per cent in 2020 as a result of the pandemic; The last time trade ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

Alexander Hammond writes for 1828

Covid-19 has crippled the world economy, but nowhere has the economic costs been more severe than in Africa, writes Alexander Hammond, Policy Adviser to the IEA's Director General. In an article for 1828, Alexander argues that "unless rapid reforms are adopted, much of the human progress Africa has made in recent years will vanish." Read ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for Spiked

Throughout the visitation of Wuhan Virus, there has been a palpable desire from certain quarters to find a lifestyle factor to blame, but as IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon points out, "evidence for such assertions is hard to find". Writing for Spiked, Christopher argues that the Government should ditch nanny state interventions and ... Continue reading

Annabel Denham writes for The Telegraph

One potentially dire consequence of the coronavirus pandemic has been the substantial reduction in the number of MMR jabs administered (5,000 fewer to end-April 2020 compared with last year) - which may, as IEA Director of Communications Annabel Denham warns, lead to a rise in measles - a highly infectious and more dangerous disease than ... Continue reading