Education
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
Economic Theory
Socialists claim that previous versions of socialism went wrong because of external constraints, or because it happened in the wrong place, or because the wrong people took over, and so on. Fair enough. Let’s do a thought experiment, then, in which we just assume all those factors away. Let’s do a thought experiment of a ... Continue reading
Society and Culture
You’re listening to Live from Lord North Street, a podcast from the Institute of Economic Affairs. Back in June, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was kicked out of the Red Hen restaurant in Virginia, because the owner didn’t like her association with President Donald Trump’s administration. Is this an act of discrimination, perfectly within one’s right, ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
Exactly one year from today, Britain will officially quit the EU. But what do we know so far, and what happens next? Today joined by Julian Jessop, Head of the IEA's Brexit Unit, and Shanker Singham, Director of the IEA’s new International Trade and Competition Unit. Interviewed by Digital Officer Madeline Grant, the pair answer some of ... Continue reading
Britain takes a uniquely restrictive approach to occupational licensing. Around one in five UK employees requires a licence from government to practice their chosen occupation - a proportion which has doubled in the last fifteen years. Len Shackleton, IEA editorial fellow and author of a recent report into occupational licensing, sat down with us this ... Continue reading
Regulation
The resale of tickets has been around for as long as humans have charged entry to events. Evidence of ticket 'touting' goes all the way back to Ancient Rome. In the 21st century though, it's becoming an increasingly controversial practice. Companies like Viagogo, Seatwave and Stubhub now offer tickets to otherwise hard-to-reach events - but, often, at a hefty price. ... Continue reading
"Fake news" - a favourite term of Donald Trump - was voted 2017's 'word of the year'. Indeed, the spread of fake news has been cited as a serious threat to democracy, free debate and the Western order - with many believing it’s made further regulation of social media inevitable. And yet, in a world ... Continue reading