Professor Len Shackleton comments on Labour plans

Commenting on Labour's consideration to scrap discounted business rates for independent schools and impose VAT on fees, IEA Editorial Fellow Professor Len Shackleton said: "This proposal is unlikely to raise the sums suggested, as some independent schools will close while others may relocate abroad - a plausible scenario given the rising proportion of overseas students ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton writes in The Daily Telegraph

Len Shackleton, Editorial and Research Fellow at The Institute of Economic Affairs, has written for The Telegraph. The piece outlines "complaints about A-levels. The latest suggestion is that there should be a single national awarding body for schools examinations." "Many of the problems faced are either intrinsic to the services involved, or the result of ham-fisted ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

"Expanding choice and competition in schooling is the best way to raise standards and improve the prospects of the next generation", writes Mark Littlewood in The Times. Mark writes his fortnightly column on the importance of choice in raising standards in education. Recent IEA publication 'School Choice Around the World' features a collection of essays ... Continue reading

IEA research quoted in The Spectator

Recent education reforms in England have had a positive impact, while reforms in Scotland and Wales have seen league tables scrapped and a decline in results. Writing in The Spectator, Toby Young argues progressive, child-led reforms in Scotland and Wales have led to "appalling results" for children and "pulled down" the average performance of UK ... Continue reading
The Institute of Economic Affairs has a long history of investigating the issue of school choice, and hence of the role of government in education. There have been two basic approaches. The first has begun with the fact of government intervention in education. It has explored ways in which more parental (and student) choice can ... Continue reading

...and the lessons we can learn

Education reforms that allow new educational providers to supply schooling into a state system can improve parental satisfaction and raise learning outcomes through consumer choice. Private school choice programmes in the US have been shown to strengthen the civic virtues of young citizens. Choice provides children with schooling that matches their interests. A child engaged ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for City A.M.

Most MPs love to boast about their support for entrepreneurs but their policies often create "a more regulated, restrictive market, which makes it increasingly difficult for new guys and gals on the block to break in", writes Kate Andrews. Writing in her fortnightly City A.M. column, Kate argues Jeremy Hunt's pledge to relieve successful entrepreneurs ... Continue reading
The Institute of Economic Affairs is commissioning a new lifestyle economics paper as part of its research output in 2019. Our lifestyle unit has been publishing research on paternalistic regulation since 2013, subjecting topical policy proposals to rigorous economic analysis to reveal the costs, benefits and unintended consequences of taxation and regulation. We have covered ... Continue reading
The Toyota Camry looks like a nice family car to buy, with 2019 models coming in at around £29,000. Now anybody who knows me will realise that I have no interest in cars at all. But I’m thinking about this virtue-signalling hybrid because its price is approximately what it currently costs in fees for a ... Continue reading

Emma Revell writes for CapX

The Augar Review is misguided to recommend a cut in the maximum university tuition fees in England as the benefits will flow mainly to rich graduates, argues Emma Revell, Communications Manager at the Institute of Economic Affairs, in a piece for CapX. Emma notes that while lower fees will naturally appear to prospective students, lower ... Continue reading