Kristian Niemietz writes for CapX

Kristian Niemietz, Head of Health and Welfare at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for Cap X on the dangers of motivated reasoning. In his article Kristian argues that we all think that we just dispassionately look at the evidence and that our conclusion is the one that any fair-minded, sensible and informed observer ... Continue reading
Jeremy Corbyn’s rise in popularity has gone hand-in-hand with an increased focus on inequality – a word that, these days, has fully negative connotations. According to the Momentum brigade, “neoliberalism” has created an impenetrable divide between the “haves” and the “have-nots”, the fat cat boss versus the company’s janitorial staff, the tech entrepreneur versus the ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration
On today's podcast, IEA Research Director Dr Jamie Whyte lambasts Oxfam's latest report on global inequality, arguing that the poverty-relief charity is attacking the economic system that has lead to the greatest fall in absolute poverty the world has ever seen. Interviewed by the IEA's Kate Andrews, Jamie expands on the criticisms and analysis that ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
In the film Groundhog Day, the protagonist is trapped in an infinite time-loop, constantly repeating the same experiences over and over again, each time hoping it will be the last, yet never seeming to learn the lesson. The 2018 Oxfam report on inequality has been released today with much fanfare, and, just like those before ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood comments in the Mail Online

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in the Mail Online on Oxfam's inequality report out today. In the article Mark argues that Oxfam's report is a gross misrepresentation of world poverty which fails to line up with everything else we know about human advancement and income improvements. Demonising capitalism ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood appears on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme to discuss Oxfam's inequality report. In the interview Mark argues that 45 years ago just under 50% of the world's population were living in absolute poverty. That figure is now 10%. 10% too high but we have ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Jamie Whyte writes for The Times

Jamie Whyte, Research Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written The Times Thunderer today on Oxfam's inequality report. In his article Jamie argues that in 1980, 40 per cent of the world's population lived in abject poverty, surviving on less than $2 a day. Today only 8 per cent do. You might expect ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for City AM

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM following Oxfam's inequality report. In his article Mark argues that rather than discussing actual poverty, this report focuses on how the current wealth of the world is split between the top one per cent and the rest. It seems odd ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration
On 17th January, I appeared as an expert witness on Brexit and US-UK trade relations before the House of Commons Select Committee on International Trade. A recording of the full session (which also included interesting contributions from Dr Peter Holmes and Warwick Lightfoot) is available here. Here are some of the key points. First, there is overwhelming ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

IEA reacts to Oxfam's latest report on inequality

Commenting on Oxfam’s latest report, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: “Oxfam have, again, come up with a gross misrepresentation of world poverty which fails to line up with everything else we know about human advancement and income improvements. Demonising capitalism may be fashionable in the affluent Western world but ... Continue reading