Society and Culture
Following a short leave of absence, Titania McGrath is back. For the uninitiated, this is a parody Twitter account, which the site’s moderators suspended yesterday for breaching their guidelines. Calling herself a “radical intersectionalist poet”, the account sends up the excesses of the left, hilariously parodying the intolerance of extreme identity politics, political correctness and ... Continue reading
Economic Theory
Venezuelamania is well and truly over. Like so many other examples before it, the country has entered the unthankful not-REAL-socialism stage. And yet, Britain’s remaining Chavistas, such as Chris Williamson, Ken Livingstone and George Galloway, are doubling down. They have convinced themselves that Venezuela’s crisis has nothing to do with socialism, and everything to do ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

Shanker Singham talks on LBC Radio

Shanker Singham, Director of the International Trade and Competition Unit at the Institute of Economic Affairs, went on LBC Radio to talk to Nigel Farage about the dangerous narrative of ‘doomsday’ no-deal predictions. Shanker said: "If you're assuming the UK will do nothing different if we have a WTO or an advance free trade agreement ... Continue reading

Shanker Singham is featured in The Express

Shanker Singham, Director of the International Trade and Competition Unit at the Institute of Economic Affairs, has featured for The Express about the dangerous narrative of 'doomsday' no-deal predictions. Shanker said: “With these projections, first of all, it is incredibly difficult to predict in an economic model the impact of your independent trade and regulatory policy. ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon is referenced by The Daily Mail

Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, has been referenced in an article by The Daily Mail about the pending ban on keeping unhealthy snacks and sweets near tills. Chris said: "The suggestion that moving chocolate away from supermarket tills will have any effect on an obesity problem caused by ... Continue reading
Labour Market
The BBC has published a thought-provoking article by Rianna Croxford on pay gaps in academia, based on months of freedom of information requests and interviews. The striking headline is that ‘black and Arab academics at the UK’s top universities earn an average 26% less than white colleagues’. But a closer look quickly reveals some of the familiar ... Continue reading
Markets and Morality
The two economists Hayek and Keynes agreed on one thing. They both believed that ideas and the climate of opinion determined how politicians behaved. Indeed, the Institute of Economic Affairs was set up as a result of advice from Hayek. He told Antony Fisher that a body was desperately needed that would change the climate ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

Shanker Singham appears on the BBC World Service

Shanker Singham, Director of the International Trade and Competition Unit at the Institute of Economic Affairs, spoke to BBC World Service about the proposed withdrawal agreement. Shanker said; "If you look at the withdrawal agreement, 90 per cent of it is fine. But the problem is that the things that aren't fine are fatal. There are ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for City A.M.

Kate Andrews, Associate Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, has written an article for City A.M. about the NHS winter crisis. If Britain’s tax burden is approaching the levels of its European counterparts, one would expect its services to be on an equal footing as well. But one glance at healthcare statistics, for example, ... Continue reading
Research

No-Deal Fear Checker, No 8

According to the latest Whitehall analysis, the UK economy could be between 6.3% and 10.7% smaller in a no-deal scenario, compared to remaining in the EU. These figures refer to the level of GDP around 15 years after the UK’s new relationship with the EU comes into effect. Another study by the Bank of England ... Continue reading