Government and Institutions

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

In his bi-weekly column for The Times, IEA Director General Mark Littlewood has argued that devolution is not only a political necessity but it is also important for our future prosperity. Littlewood said: "Breakaways, constitutional strife and pent-up resentment will be the likely outcomes of a failure to redesign outdated constitutional frameworks and transferring political ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

Emma Revell writes for The Telegraph

Emma Revell, IEA Head of Public Affairs, has written an op-ed for The Telegraph arguing that the individual, not the state or banks, should be in control of their personal finances when it comes to contactless payments. In the Spring Budget, Rishi Sunak announcement that the limit for contactless payments will rise from £45 to ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
On Tuesday 9th February 2021, the Institute of Economic Affairs published 'Viral Myths: Why we risk learning the wrong lessons from the pandemic', a briefing paper authored by our Head of Political Economy Dr Kristian Niemietz. The report argued that Covid-19 has been used to justify certain "conventional wisdoms", including the belief that the NHS ... Continue reading

Victoria Hewson quoted in City AM

The Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng MP has announced his plan for new state aid rules, which will allow taxpayers' money to be spent on subsidising private companies in the UK. Commenting in City AM, Victoria Hewson, Head of Regulatory Affairs at the IEA said: “Governments are notoriously bad at picking winners, whether that’s in the ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
The government has today announced that Professor Syed Kamall, Academic & Research Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, is to become a member of the House of Lords, where he will take the Conservative whip. As the Institute of Economic Affairs is a strictly non-partisan think tank, he will therefore step down from his ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

Emily Carver writes for CapX

If rolled out efficiently, the vaccines could spark our economic recovery, at the heart of which will be the ‘levelling up’ agenda, says the IEA's Head of Media Emily Carver. Writing for CapX ,Emily argues that much of the government's plans rely on the "false assumption that the state is best placed to pick winners". ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

Christopher Snowdon quoted by The Sun

Responding to the news that Public Health England is looking to hire a Chief Economist, the IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon questioned why the quango is recruiting at all considering its abolition was announced in July. Chris told The Sun that while "an understanding of economics is desperately needed as the UK staggers ... Continue reading
Responding to reports that the Treasury will announce a public sector pay freeze in next week's Spending Review, Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial and Research Fellow at the free-market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:  "Every 1% increase in pay costs the taxpayer around £2 billion, and even with a freeze on pay there will be an upward drift in ... Continue reading
In response to Boris Johnson's announcement of further restrictions across England, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: "We seem to have learnt the wholly unsurprising lesson that a relaxation of restrictions leads to an increase in the infection rate. Rather than putting the entire economy in the deep freeze while ... Continue reading

Kristian Niemietz writes for CapX

The reason why some socialists - such as Ash Sarkar - quickly become household names while others remain obscure fringe figures, despite decades of activism, is not down to a difference of ideology, but a difference in style, and PR savvy, writes the IEA's Head of Political Economy, Dr Kristian Niemietz. In an article for ... Continue reading