Terence Kealey writes for Conservative Home

Terence Kealey, author of a new IEA report about the dubious case for free school breakfasts has written for Conservative Home about his paper. In the article Terence argues that research has found that only 12 per cent of children were taking up the free breakfasts provided by the government, and those children had previously ... Continue reading

The Dubious Case for Free School Breakfasts

Summary:  The Conservative Party’s manifesto for the June 2017 general election included a policy to replace free school lunches with free school breakfasts for all school children. After the election, the policy was abandoned. The Conservative manifesto justified the policy by appealing to research into the educational effects of free school breakfasts conducted by the ... Continue reading

James Tooley writes for CapX

James Tooley, author of the Institute of Economic Affairs' latest report on education systems in post-conflict countries, has written for CapX about the findings of this report. In the article James argues that in developing countries, one reason parents prefer low-cost private education is because of the parlous state of government education; state schools in ... Continue reading
Since last year’s EU referendum, the 52% of Britons who voted Leave have faced a concerted attempt by many commentators to belittle their intelligence. Time and time again, it is asserted that they, alone amongst British voters, were misled during the referendum campaign, by "promises" made by the Vote Leave campaign - such as the ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton appears on BBC Sunday Politics West

Len Shackleton, Editorial Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Sunday Politics West to discuss university vice-chancellor's pay. In the interview Len makes the argument that it is not for anyone else to decide how much university vice-chancellor's get paid other than the governing body of the university that they ... Continue reading

IEA releases report on education in post-conflict countries

Low-cost private schools in post-conflict countries have a positive social impact and provide a superior standard of education compared to that of the state. They should therefore be a permanent feature in these countries’ education systems. In the poorest slums of Liberia, for example, over 71 per cent of children are in private education. But ... Continue reading

Embrace private sector education in post-conflict states to improve standards

Summary:  Low-cost private schools are ubiquitous across the developing world. This book explores their nature and extent in some of the world’s most difficult places, three conflictaffected states in sub-Saharan Africa: Liberia, Sierra Leone and South Sudan. The accepted wisdom of international agencies on education in conflict-affected states acknowledges that some kinds of low-cost private ... Continue reading

Diego Zuluaga writes for CapX

Diego Zuluaga, Financial Services Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for CapX on graduate debts. In his article Diego writes that the present system of student loans is unfair, regressive and inefficient. But interest rates are not at fault. They are, in fact, one of the tools through which the crisis ... Continue reading
Continued from Part 1.   The central flaw in our current system of financing higher education is that the third party – the Universities themselves – face no financial consequences if they fail to help their charges into careers that justify their education. Exactly the opposite has been the case since the 2102 reforms – ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for City AM

Kate Andrews, News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM on how the policy announcements made at Conservative Party conference will do nothing for young voters. In her article Kate makes the point that the promises made by the Conservative leadership show they are still out of touch with the ... Continue reading