Tax and Fiscal Policy

Mark Littlewood writes for The National

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The National on the issue of Scottish independence. In his article Mark addresses the several questions nationalists will be faced with before moving ahead with a second independence referendum. What currency they will use, whether they will have to join the euro or ... Continue reading

IEA report on childcare features in the Financial Times

The IEA's recent report, 'Getting the state out of childcare' which looks at current childcare policy, has been quoted in the Financial Times today. In the article the report's findings that many families spend one-third of their net income on childcare, putting it on a scale with mortgage payments, is cited. Read the full article here.... Continue reading
Britain's productivity growth has halted. The evidence is clear. Since the financial crisis, output per hour worked has been effectively stagnant, only re-hitting the peaks seen at the end of 2007 in late 2016. This is unprecedented. To see the scale of the deviation from trend, if it had continued to grow as it did ... 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 today following the news that a daily glass of wine or pint reduces your chances of having a heart attack by a third. In the article Chris comments that these latest findings prove that Dame Sally Davies' assertion ... Continue reading
Economic Theory
The Equality Trust is the latest organisation to call for the mandatory reporting of the ratio between the pay of the highest and lowest earners in UK companies. At first sight this is a small step that would simply increase transparency in pay practices – who could reasonably object? But in reality this proposal would ... Continue reading

IEA releases report on energy policy

Inefficient and costly green policies, as well as contradictory objectives – such as using energy policy to achieve poverty reduction and at the same time reduce emissions and pursue industrial policy goals - have caused electricity prices to soar. Over the last 16 years electricity costs for households in England and Wales have increased by ... Continue reading

Brexit provides real opportunity to bring down electricity bills for low-income households

Executive Summary: Electricity charges for households in England and Wales have risen by 50 per cent in real terms since 2001, partly as a result of policies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The decarbonisation policies adopted have been complex and inefficient, and have also been contradicted by other measures such as the reduced rate of VAT ... Continue reading
Economic Theory
Matthew Taylor was doing the rounds at the weekend, talking about the Review of Modern Employment Practices which he is conducting on behalf of the government – more evidence that Mrs May wants to rebrand the Conservatives as a sort of Blue Labour. Taylor’s Review Group has been touring Britain talking with people about the ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton writes for City AM

Len Shackleton, Editorial Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM on Matthew Taylor's review of modern employment practices which he is conducting on behalf of the government. In his article Len argues that politicians think that ever-increasing "rights" can be met from business profits. Taylor wants the self-employed to ... Continue reading
Society and Culture
These aren’t great times for the left. ‘Right-wing populism’ is said to be on the rise everywhere. First Brexit. Then Trump. Then Norbert Hofer in Austria, and Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, who did not technically ‘win’, but who came a lot closer than they could have, say, a decade ago. This will probably be ... Continue reading