Economic Theory
We are living in a new era of 'Nudge'. Over the past decade, a growing number of academics and policymakers have made the moral case for the state to use its coercive power to steer our choices towards what they believe best - provided we retain the ability to opt out of the specified choice ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

Kristian Niemietz writes for CapX

Kristian Niemietz, Head of Political Economy at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for CapX following the release of his report on immigration policy. Most commentators seem to see the Brexit vote as a rejection of the very concept of free movement. It wasn’t. Surveys show that there is, for example, overwhelming support for ... 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 on free market capitalism and how it has improved our lives. Never has there been more compelling evidence of the overwhelming benefits of free market capitalism. In the past three decades, the global spread of free enterprise and the ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

New IEA report features in City AM

The IEA’s new report on immigration policy has been covered in City AM. The article reports on how the UK should scrap its arbitrary net migration target and harmful visa cap. The UK's current immigration policy is economically damaging and too restrictive when applied to high-skilled workers. The migration of skilled workers who are highly ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

New IEA report features in The Independent

The IEA's new report on immigration policy has been covered in The Independent. The article outlines how the report calls on the government to scrap its immigration targets because this policy inflicts enormous economic self-harm. It's wrong to focus on overall numbers as the public are concerned about types of immigration rather than volumes. Read ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration
In 1958, the British couple Alec and Moira Dickinson founded the charity Volunteer Service Overseas. Armed with the lofty vision of a “world without poverty”, the organisation supplied British school-leavers the chance to volunteer their unskilled labour in developing countries, providing them with only basic accommodation and a small stipend to cover living costs. Ever ... Continue reading

UK should scrap net migration target & introduce two-lane immigration system post-Brexit, says new report

Summary:  Opinion surveys consistently show that the British public is overwhelmingly hostile to immigration. This widespread hostility actively shapes our immigration policies in many ways. Although those policies are often demonstrably economically damaging, economic liberals tend to treat the topic as a lost cause. However, if we dig a little deeper into the polling data, ... Continue reading

IEA releases report on immigration policy post-Brexit

The UK’s approach to immigration policy is economically damaging, too restrictive when it comes to high-skilled workers and does not reflect the British public’s nuanced attitudes towards immigration, according to a new report from the Institute of Economic Affairs. The report, out today, outlines a liberal, economically sensible immigration system that could be practically adopted ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon comments in The Sun

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Sun on the news that multi-buy offers on junk food could soon be banned. In the article Chris argues that the nanny state now wants to use the law to tell shops where to place their products and how ... Continue reading
Energy and Environment
Revelling in things that are non-quantifiably, hard-to-explain, valuable for their own sake is one of the great features of being human. For me, one of these things is an interest in space. Rockets, stars, impossible questions about infinity — you name it, I’m a sucker for it. Sure, there are great practical reasons to learn about all ... Continue reading