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Insights from an Economic Contrarian

Introduction: In the summer of 2012, I was invited to write a weekly opinion column for City A.M. newspaper. It is a free, business-focused newspaper, launched in 2005, and is distributed at more than 250 commuter hubs across London and the Home Counties, as well as 1,600 offices throughout the City, Canary Wharf and other ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

New IEA briefing features in The Times

A new IEA briefing on the Melrose takeover of GKN has featured in The Times. The briefing makes the case that Government interference in Melrose’s £8 billion takeover of GKN would be counterproductive. Shareholders, not politicians, should decide how to run their businesses as they have the most at stake. Preventing them from doing so ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

New IEA briefing features in City AM

A new IEA briefing on the Melrose takeover of GKN has featured in City AM. The briefing argues that shareholders, not MPs, should decide how to run their businesses. GKN is not a special case that needs extra protection from the government. There is nothing patriotic about preventing the shareholders of British companies from deciding the best ... Continue reading

Melrose takeover of GKN is a matter for business, not politicians

Summary:  The ongoing controversy over Melrose’s purchase of engineering company GKN illustrates many common misunderstandings about how free markets can work to the benefit of all. Shareholders, not politicians, should decide how to run their businesses, including whether a new management team could do better. There is only a limited set of circumstances where it ... Continue reading

IEA releases briefing on the Melrose takeover of GKN

The recent purchase of GKN has sparked much controversy, with many calling for the Government to intervene by blocking the deal altogether, or at least forcing Melrose to make additional commitments on jobs and divestment plans. But this is not a matter for public policy and further interference would be counter-productive. A new briefing from ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Times on tech giants and data manipulation. Increased legislation and regulation provide the most immediate challenge to Facebook’s profitability but, over the longer term, consumers waking up to the market value of their own personal data is the more serious and ... Continue reading

The IEA is featured in The Sunday Telegraph

The IEA has been quoted in The Sunday Telegraph following an announcement from the Secretary of State for Transport that he will make at our offices later this week. In his address he is expected to say that the Conservative Party need to do more to warn young voters about the "gloom and failure" of ... Continue reading

Dr Steve Davies appears on BBC Radio Scotland

Dr Steve Davies, Head of Education at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Radio Scotland to discuss the secondary ticket market. In the interview Steve argues that the secondary market is doing the kind of job that secondary markets do in many other parts of the economy and that is where there's ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

Julian Jessop writes for City AM

Julian Jessop, Chief Economist at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for the City AM debate column about why the government should not block the Melrose takeover bid for UK engineering giant GKN. In his article Julian argues that opponents have raised fears that the purchaser would saddle the company with excessive debt and ... Continue reading