“We do not believe in untrammelled free markets. We reject the cult of selfish individualism. We abhor social division, injustice, unfairness and inequality. […] [We believe] not just in society but in the good that government can do […] We know that our responsibility to one another is greater than the rights we hold as ... Continue reading
Economic Theory
This is an election where the likely outcome is “no change”. There will be no change to the government in office and that government is likely to spend five years doing little except managing Brexit. In the next five years, it is likely that there will be no radical deregulation – of anything. There will ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood comments in The Times

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Times on the story that illegal tobacco tainted by asbestos and rats. In the article Mark argues that the increase in sales of illegal tobacco is no surprise. When there is just one standardised format, packets become much easier to replicate, ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton writes for City AM

Len Shackleton, Editorial Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM on regulatory pressure on Uber and why it's not a good thing. In his article Len argues that Uber has the right idea in offering its drivers access on a voluntary basis to subsidised insurance against sickness. We should ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon writes for The Telegraph

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Telegraph following the release of the 2017 Nanny State Index. In his article Chris references the index's findings that the UK is the second most draconian nation in the EU. He goes on to suggest 5 steps we should take ... Continue reading

Philip Booth writes for City AM

Philip Booth, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM on financial regulation and the FCA. In his article Philip argues that regulators need to take risks with "under-regulation" rather than continually trying to control and perfect markets. Statutory regulation suppresses institutions that can develop within markets and that ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

Chris Snowdon writes for The Times Red Box

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Times Red Box following the release of the 2017 Nanny State Index which found the UK to be the second worst nanny state in Europe. In his article Chris argues that the prospects for lifestyle freedom look bleak. A ... Continue reading

The 2017 Nanny State Index features in The Independent

The results of the 2017 Nanny State Index, compiled by the European Policy Centre, have featured in The Independent following its release. The article quotes the Index's findings that in Britain we have the highest taxes on cigarettes, having just raised the tax on a packet by 35p, and the highest taxes on wine in Europe, ... Continue reading

The 2017 Nanny State Index features in the International Business Times

The results of the 2017 Nanny State Index, compiled by the European Policy Centre, have featured in the International Business Times following its release. The article quotes the Index's findings that the UK is the second worst country in Europe for "nanny state" regulations on health and people's lifestyles. The UK, which plans to implement ... Continue reading

The 2017 Nanny State Index features in City AM

The results of the 2017 Nanny State Index, compiled by the European Policy Centre, have featured in City AM following its release. The article quotes the Index findings that the UK is the second worst nanny-state in the EU. Britain falls behind only Finland in the rankings which scores countries on regulation of private, lifestyle ... Continue reading