Economic Theory
We are living in a new era of 'Nudge'. Over the past decade, a growing number of academics and policymakers have made the moral case for the state to use its coercive power to steer our choices towards what they believe best - provided we retain the ability to opt out of the specified choice ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon comments in The Sun

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Sun on the news that multi-buy offers on junk food could soon be banned. In the article Chris argues that the nanny state now wants to use the law to tell shops where to place their products and how ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics
Opponents of drugs reform often trot out the line that the UK gave up fighting the war on drugs some decades ago. They argue that, following the sexual and moral revolutions which shook British society during the 1960s, the police effectively stopped trying to enforce the laws prohibiting the possession and consumption of cannabis. Any ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

Chris Snowdon comments in the Evening Standard

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in the Evening Standard on the news that adverts for cheese, butter and olive oil could be banned from the tube. In the article Chris argues that Mr Khan’s ban will lose revenue for TfL at a time when passenger numbers are ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

Chris Snowdon comments in The Sun

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Sun today on the Health Secretary's pledge to stop the nannying. In the article Chris argues that if the Government is serious about helping those who want help without compromising freedom, it should repeal the slew of nanny state ... Continue reading
The morning I turned eight, I woke up and told my father that I was “halfway there”. This, in my home state of Connecticut, was in reference to getting my driving licence, a process I could start on my sixteenth birthday. As a kid, this was the milestone that I was most excited to reach, ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon writes for The Sunday Telegraph

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Sunday Telegraph on childhood obesity. In his article Chris argues that sugar consumption has been falling for decades; that consumption of sugary drinks has fallen dramatically; rates of tooth decay have never been lower; childhood obesity is not spiralling; ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon comments in The Sun

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Sun on the calls for speed bumps and tolls on new roads to halt the obesity epidemic. In the article Chris argues that the practical applications in modern Britain are very limited.  We're not building new cities, and road ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for City AM

Kate Andrews, Associate Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM on the government's latest nanny state interventions. This government seems increasingly intent on moving us from one infantile stage to another, with Public Health England and HMRC replacing the roles of mum and dad. Just over the past few weeks, ... Continue reading
Step away from Twitter for a few hours and you often miss something. No, I don’t mean Chris Grayling and trains, or Chris Grayling and ferries (any news on planes?). I mean the furore over the nation’s most loved bakery launching a new product. Yesterday it was announced that Greggs would release a vegan sausage ... Continue reading