Since the onset of the euro zone crisis, two schools of thought have emerged, offering different diagnoses of the single-currency area’s woes. The first focuses on the supply side, namely, the rigidity of labour and product markets in many of the worst-affected euro zone economies. The second interpretation blames bad governance for the euro crisis. ... Continue reading
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Kate Andrews writes for City AM

Kate Andrews, News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM on the recent firing of FBI chief James Comey and the speculation around this. In her article Kate argues that it's arguably impressive Comey managed to stay in the job as long as he did, and trying to link his ... Continue reading
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How can we judge whether Brexit has been worth it by, say, 2020? That has been a question doing the rounds on Twitter. Are there any economic measures we can assess? Growth? Real GDP per head? The number of trade deals signed? The impact on British regions? Perhaps we should simply view outcomes against the ... Continue reading
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Late last month, the Pope went on the attack against libertarians. Many supporters of a free economy from lots of different perspectives describe themselves as ‘libertarian’, though it is not a label I like. Understandably, such people were unimpressed by the Pope’s remarks. This attack on libertarianism perhaps touched a raw nerve, given strong implications ... Continue reading
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Mark Littlewood writes for The Times Business

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written in The Times Business on the upcoming general election and the choices Theresa May has to face. In the article Mark argues that when Mrs May is re-elected next month, she will have an unhampered ability to pick her own team and design ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Telegraph

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Telegraph on the state of the Liberal Democrat party following the local election results. In his article Mark argues that the Liberal Democrats' problem is that their key message is only going to resonate with a remarkably small proportion of the ... Continue reading
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Julian Jessop writes for City AM

Julian Jessop, Chief Economist at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for the City AM debate column on whether the UK should pay the EU's Brexit bill. In his article Julian argues that any bill certainly needs to be properly justified. The EU hasn't actually specified how much it wants, or even a basis ... Continue reading
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Oxfam began as the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief. It still does valuable disaster relief work today, but it often functions like a political campaign group. Each year it releases a report on inequality just before the World Economic Forum in Davos. This purports to show the failure of the global economic system. The conventional ... Continue reading
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After a false start (when only 18 promises actually made it online), Labour has revealed a 20-point plan to ‘improve workers’ rights’ and fix ‘a rigged economy’. Unfortunately, many of the proposals would hurt the very people they are supposed to protect. To be fair, some of the points do look good, at least in ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes in City AM

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for the City AM debate column answering the question: Will 2017 be remembered as the year of the Establishment fightback? In his article Mark argues that if 2016 was a year for insurgency, 2017 will no doubt be the year the Establishment strikes ... Continue reading