Trade, Development, and Immigration
Mark Littlewood, Director-General of the Institute of Economic Affairs, speaks to Tony Abbott, former Prime Minister of Australia and adviser to the UK Board of Trade, about the future of UK and global free trade. The conversation centres around the newly created UK Board of Trade and its role in delivering economic growth and prosperity ... Continue reading
Tune in tonight at 6pm for the UK’s top free market debate show, hosted by IEA Director General Mark Littlewood. We’ll be discussing the rule of six months. Can 10pm curfews and £10,000 fines defeat the virus? We’ll be analysing Keir Starmer’s speech at Labour Party Conference. How well is the Opposition holding government to ... Continue reading

An IEA Book Club Event

The IEA Book Club was delighted to host a webinar with Michael Shellenberger, to discuss his latest best-selling book “Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All”, chaired by Mark Littlewood, IEA Director General. Michael has been fighting for a greener planet for decades. He is an author, environmental policy writer, a Time Magazine “Hero ... Continue reading
Society and Culture

With Julian Knight MP, Sir Robbie Gibb, and more

Should the BBC continue to be funded by the licence fee or other form of tax, or has this become an outmoded way of financing broadcasting in the modern world? Some argue that changes in technology mean that the current approach to financing, owning and regulating the BBC is no longer tenable. Others suggest the ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
Dr Christian Sandstrom and Dr Karl Wennberg discuss their new book, Bureaucrats or Markets in Innovation Policy? Based on a major interdisciplinary research program with a special focus on Sweden, paired with international research, Dr Sandstrom and Dr Wennberg explain how targeted interventions and firm subsidies do not have the intended effects but instead creates ... Continue reading
IEA Director General Mark Littlewood is joined by Steve Baker MP and our Senior Academic Fellow Professor Philip Booth to examine how we finance the government's spending surge. The lockdown has seen economies shrink, pushing governments to borrow at rates never seen in peacetime. What does the future hold for fiscal responsibility? Are we right ... Continue reading
On our podcast this week, we're joined by Sophie Sandor, an independent filmmaker and education expert, and Madeline Grant, Editorial Manager at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Interviewed by the IEA's Digital Manager Darren Grimes, Sophie and Madeline take a look at state education in Britain - which currently operates in a near monopoly for ... Continue reading
STREAM the full podcast here. DOWNLOAD the briefing for free here. This year, Saturday November 10th is Equal Pay Day - the day the Fawcett Society calculates that women, on average, essentially start working for free, because of the gender pay gap.  But Office for National Statistics calculated just a few weeks back that the pay ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration
It was almost exactly 200 years ago that David Ricardo first outlined the principle of comparative advantage that helped lay the groundwork for repealing the corn laws here in Britain, and the free-trading consensus that later emerged. But free trade is coming under attack around the world - since the FC especially, tariffs and protectionism ... Continue reading