Government and Institutions

Kate Andrews writes for City AM

Kate Andrews, News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM on the legacy of Obama's presidency and what we have to look forward to with the new President. In her article Kate argues that the overarching attitude of Obama's eight-year administration has been one of arrogance, which drove the President's ... Continue reading
150 years after Karl Marx first proposed it, the theory of immiseration continues to have an uncanny hold on the left. The workers would get poorer and poorer, Marx predicted, until they could take no more and rose up in revolution. This hypothesis was based on a zero-sum view of the economy and is one ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
It appears to many that Greece is a lost cause and a country that can maybe only survive outside the euro. However, despite the very tight state budgets and years in recession, there is still significant room for the country to get back to sustainable growth. Politicians should consider policies that have worked successfully around ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon comments in The Times

Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Times today on the changing face of our high streets & how coffee shops are replacing pubs and snooker halls. In the article Chris contends that this trend has been driven by changing attitudes to alcohol and by the ... Continue reading
Healthcare
It is difficult to exaggerate the scale of the population crisis in the West. In previous times in economic history, there have been calamities that have wiped out large parts of the population. During the ‘black death’ plague, for example, fourteenth century Europe lost between one-quarter and one-third of its population. That crisis led to ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood comments in the Daily Mail

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in the Daily Mail on the call for employers to base hiring someone on their background rather than their qualifications. In the article Mark argues that forcing employers to hire people based on background rather than on skill set is a dangerous example ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times Business

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Times Business following Oxfam's report that claims eight people own the same wealth as half the world. In his article Mark argues that looking at individuals' net assets doesn't tell you much of moral or economic significance. If we truly want ... Continue reading
Despite Bernie Sanders’ efforts to identify Denmark with some sort of democratic socialist utopia where a highly-interventionist government regulates all the nooks and crannies of the economy, the success of this Scandinavian country is closely linked to its high degree of economic freedom. We just need to look at the latest Index of Economic Freedom, ... Continue reading

Nerissa Chesterfield appears on talkRADIO

Nerissa Chesterfield, communications officer at the Institute of Economic Affairs, appeared on talkRADIO to discuss Oxfam's inequality report. Nerissa points out that it is not recognised or acknowledged by Oxfam that some of these billionaires pay the highest and largest percentage of tax. She also notes Oxfam's strange preoccupation with the rich rather than focusing on the poor. Listen ... Continue reading
Markets and Morality

Kate Andrews writes for The Telegraph

Kate Andrews, News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Telegraph about Oxfam's report out today. In her article Kate makes the case that Oxfam's gross misrepresentation of world poverty - adding up assets and subtracting wealth to get net wealth - fails to line up with everything else we know ... Continue reading