Economic Theory
Dr Kristian Niemietz' work 'Socialism: The Failed Idea That Never Dies: is referenced in the National Review in a piece looking at the state of socialist ideas in US politics today. The piece notes US Democrat Socialists' attempts to disavow previous socialist experiments and references Niemietz' theory that eventually, all socialist experiements do this, "as ... Continue reading

Dr Kristian Niemietz writes for CapX

Modern socialists get away with claiming its failures are due to a lack of democracy, not the failure of socialism itself, says Dr Kristian Niemietz, Head of Political Economy at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for CapX, Kristian argues that the economic failures of socialism never had anything to do with a lack of ... Continue reading

Dr Kristian Niemietz talks to the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

By many measures, socialist ideas are more popular than ever, with academics and increasingly hip activists unashamedly promoting the collective ownership of wealth and centralised government-led decision making. Dr Kristian Niemietz spoke to the New Zealand Taxpayer's Union about his book "Socialism – The Failed Idea that Never Dies", listen here.... Continue reading

Professor Philip Booth quoted in The Times

Britain may end up with  "government control of increasing chunks of the economy, as well as poor corporate governance as businesses end up being run by a mix of bureaucrats and politicians without clear rules and guidelines on how to operate" says Professor Philip Booth, IEA Senior Academic Fellow. Philip was quoted in The Times ... Continue reading
Economists have been conspicuously absent from the policy debate over easing the lockdown, says a new briefing paper from Paul Ormerod. Epidemiological models have provided the intellectual underpinning for the policy of lockdown – which has seen millions of Britons relinquish civil liberties and retreat from participation in wider society; But easing the lockdown – and ... Continue reading

Kristian Niemietz writes for Reaction

"There have been lots of rapid, innovative responses in the face of adversity" during the coronavirus outbreak, says Dr Kristian Niemietz, Head of Political Economy at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for Reaction, Kristian adds that coronavirus is not a crisis of capitalism - "we should not judge an economic system, or a healthcare ... Continue reading

Dr Kristian Niemietz writes for CapX

After years of going from strength to strength, socialists in both Britain and the US have been going through a rough patch lately. But does this mean that our love affair with socialism is coming to an end? Writing for CapX, the IEA's Head of Political Economy, Dr Kristian Niemietz, argues that the political battle is ... Continue reading
Economic Theory

Mark Littlewood writes for the Institute of Arts and Ideas

When once in a blue moon events such as coronavirus occur, it is right that government does all it can to protect lives, but our leaders "must ensure that any economic measures are put in place only to help their citizens and do not impede future economic activity" says the IEA's Director General Mark Littlewood. Writing ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for the Telegraph

"Mass quarantines as a last resort are still perfectly consistent with a philosophy that prizes personal freedom", says the IEA's head of lifestyle economics Christopher Snowdon. Writing for the Telegraph, Christopher argued that while we want to keep both restrictions on liberty and economic damage to a minimum, we may have to accept a bit of ... Continue reading

Kirstian Niemietz writes for Free Market Conservatives

Modern socialists have a perception of voters that contradicts itself, says Dr Kristian Niemietz, Head of Political Economy at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for the Free Market Conservatives website, Kristian notes that socialists simultaneously believe that a modern voter is "largely apolitical and disengaged" yet under their version of democratic socialism will engage ... Continue reading