IEA research referenced in Washington Examiner

Research conducted by IEA Head of Political Economy, Dr Kristian Niemietz, was referenced in an article for the Washington Examiner. Kristian's book 'Socialism: The Failed Idea That Never Dies' was referenced as evidence that every socialist experiment has failed and contributed to appalling human rights atrocities and economic collapse. Read the full article here.... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

Polling data from new IEA paper 'Left Turn Ahead' has revealed that support for socialism and anti-capitalist sentiment is at a remarkably high level among young people. Writing his biweekly column for The Times, IEA Director General Mark Littlewood argues that the drift away from support for capitalism may well continue until major businesses decide ... Continue reading
Commenting on the 0.8 per cent GDP increase in May, Julian Jessop, Economics Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: "The 0.8 per cent increase in GDP in May was slightly disappointing and means that the UK economy was still 3.1 per cent smaller than the pre-Covid level seen in ... Continue reading

Annabel Denham writes for The Times

In an article for The Times Red Box, IEA Director of Communications Annabel Denham wrote about the need for Britain to embrace economic liberalism and fight against the growing big government consensus emerging in British politics. Annabel argued: "Classical liberals have long found themselves at odds with the Conservatives across a range of policy areas, ... Continue reading
Economic Theory

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

Last week's budget marked the full return to "Butskellism" - "the broad cross-party consensus" on the size, function and operation of the public sector, which dominated British politics for decades in the postwar period and kept vast swathes of industry under the ownership and control of government, writes IEA Director General Mark Littlewood. In his ... Continue reading
Responding to Sir Keir Starmer's speech on the economy, Mark Littlewood, Director General at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:  “National crises and emergencies inevitably lead to an extension of state intervention in the economy. “Political elites typically seek to retain their powers and control over the lives of ordinary people ... Continue reading

Richard Koch Breakthrough Prize featured in The Northern Echo

In an article for The Northern Echo, Dehenna Davison MP for Bishop Auckland has called on the public to enter the IEA's 2021 Richard Koch Breakthrough Prize to suggest new pro-market pro-enterprise policies which can help 'left behind regions' in the north of England. The competition has a top prize of £50,000! Dehenna Davison said ... Continue reading
Economic Theory
The Institute of Economic Affairs has posted the first in a two-part series of short economics explainer videos. The films – 33 in total – will cover everything from basic economic theory to important historical case studies; guaranteeing viewers will receive a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of economics. These videos will be posted on ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

Once the pandemic is over, "the inquest will be an arduous and probably an unpleasant process", writes the IEA's Director General Mark Littlewood. In his biweekly column for The Times, Mark argues that we must avoid falling into the trap of "peddling simple, grand theories to explain successes and failures". Mark concludes that if we ... Continue reading

Emma Revell writes for the Yorkshire Post

"Money alone won’t fill the deep ravines that separate Kingston upon Hull from Kensington, Blackpool from Buckinghamshire" and level-up the country, writes the IEA's Head of Public Affairs Emma Revell in a column for the Yorkshire Post. Instead of relying on "top-down mandates from Whitehall departments",  readers have the opportunity to put forward their ideas ... Continue reading