Government and Institutions
The French ‘Gilets Jaunes’ started their protests a month ago and since then the global media landscape has interpreted their actions and demands in a million ways. News outlets representing all political angles have found something that they can love or hate about the protests. Macron became the punching bag of conservatives and socialists alike. ... Continue reading
Labour Market
The BBC has published a thought-provoking article by Rianna Croxford on pay gaps in academia, based on months of freedom of information requests and interviews. The striking headline is that ‘black and Arab academics at the UK’s top universities earn an average 26% less than white colleagues’. But a closer look quickly reveals some of the familiar ... Continue reading

Julian Jessop talks to BBC Radio 4

Julian Jessop, Chief Economist and Head of the Brexit Unit of the Institute of Economic Affairs, has featured in a BBC Radio 4 Program on trade. Asked whether the 'build it in Britain" approach would help protect jobs, Julian said; “The problem with that approach is that you're talking about protecting existing jobs. If we ... Continue reading

Madeline Grant debates on City A.M.

Madeline Grant, Editorial Manager for the Institute of Economic Affairs, has taken part in a debate on City A.M. over unpaid internships. Madeline argued: New rules wouldn’t result in more paid internships, but fewer opportunities overall. Many employers will decide that the costs of offering work experience outweigh the benefits. In a job market already ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon features on BBC Radio 2

Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, has appeared on the BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine show alongside Luke Hildyard, Executive Director of the High Pay Centre to talk about the high wages of Denise Coates, CEO of Bet365. Christopher said; "it's not greed, we don't know what she wants ... Continue reading
Labour Market
Continued from Part 1. In contrast, societies where men are in short supply often tend towards permissiveness and lower levels of commitment. The First World War had a seismic impact on romantic and marital behaviour. More than 700,000 British men were killed during World War One, with as many left seriously wounded or incapacitated - ... Continue reading

Kate Andrew writes for City A.M.

Kate Andrews, Associate Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs, has written an article for City A.M. on future entrepreneurial innovation. You might as well download the past 48 hours’ worth of news coverage, upload to the streaming site, and advertise it as how Breaking Bad would have unfolded if set in Westminster instead of ... Continue reading
Labour Market
The Labour Party wishes to restrict the pay of ‘fat cat’ executives. This is a policy which is apparently highly popular with the public, even though it brings no direct benefit - unless you believe schadenfreude adds significantly to people’s welfare. One way Labour plans to curb high pay is to impose a 20 to ... Continue reading
Labour Market
Continued from Part 1.  Those pushing for equality of outcome also fail to acknowledge all-important tradeoffs and unintended consequences of their favoured policies. Unsurprisingly, many who back wide-ranging interventions to ‘fix’ the gender pay gap would also like to increase the size of the welfare state. Yet, as international evidence suggests, this would not be ... Continue reading
Labour Market
‘Equal Pay Day’ has passed - thankfully, without the media frenzy which usually attends this non-event. Much of it, I suspect, is down to the stellar work of colleagues like Kate Andrews and others who have so effectively torn apart the shaky logic behind the Fawcett Society’s claims. Readers may be familiar with the Equal ... Continue reading