Len Shackleton writes for The Telegraph

For the "great majority" of those locked-down at home, normal working is impossible, writes IEA Editorial and Research Fellow Prof Len Shackleton for The Telegraph. We should be looking at "incentivising and acommodating" people into different sectors of the economy, where there are vacancies such as farming or in the NHS. Read the full article ... Continue reading
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Prof Len Shackleton quoted in The Times

"We shouldn't expect a boom in working from home once the current restrictions are lifted" said the IEA's Editorial and Research Fellow Prof Len Shackleton following the release of his new IEA report, 'Pass the Romote: Why we can't all work from home'. Quoted by The Times, Len said "we should be clear that, for ... Continue reading

Kristian Niemietz writes for CapX

Economic nationalists and “communitarians” who are feeling vindicated by the coronavirus pandemic, claiming globalisation is responsible for its spread, are "generic, anti-capitalist rants" who tell us nothing about the virus and its impact, says Dr Kristian Niemietz, Head of Political Economy at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for CapX, Kristian argues "COVID-19 does not ... Continue reading
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Dr Kristian Niemietz writes for CapX

While there may be no silver lining to the coronavirus pandemic, we can at least be "grateful for technology-based services that are making the current situation a lot more bearable", says IEA Head of Political Economy Dr Kristian Niemietz. Writing for CapX, Kristian argues thanks to modern technology, we are now far better prepared to ... Continue reading
Society and Culture
I promise that this isn’t one of those schmaltzy “Look on the bright side”/”There is a silver lining to all this” articles. Coronavirus has no bright side, and there is no silver lining. But over the past couple of days, I have become a bit more grateful for the technologies and technology-based services that are ... Continue reading
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The Humboldt University, located in East Berlin, was once the largest university of the German Democratic Republic, and one of the Meccas of “Scientific Socialism”. And that was only fair. It was, after all, the alma mater of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels themselves. And yet, by the time I attended my first lectures there ... Continue reading
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Krisitian Niemietz writes for CapX

"Whenever a crisis of any sort comes along, you can bet your bottom dollar people will start accusing other people of “politicising” a difficult moment, or using it for “political point-scoring”", says Dr Kristian Niemietz, Head of Political Economy at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for CapX, Kristian notes that while people often accuse ... Continue reading
Society and Culture
The proposal to isolate those aged 70+ for four months looks like a desperate measure. As someone falling into this ‘vulnerable’ category I can’t say I’m happy about it, though I’ll wait to see exactly what it entails. I think we just have to trust the government at the moment, though long experience of studying ... Continue reading
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Emily Carver writes for FreeMarketConservatives

The gender pay gap myth shows no signs of letting up; the same old tired headlines resurface like clockwork, perpetuating misleading narratives around women in work, says the IEA's media manager Emily Carver. Writing for Free Market Conservatives, Emily argues that the modern feminist movement has alienated women with its preoccupation with the concerns of elite, ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
Socialists are fond of modifiers these days. “Democratic Socialism”, “21st Century Socialism”, “Millennial Socialism”, and, most absurd of all, “Libertarian Socialism” and “Libertarian Communism”.   When asked to explain what those terms are supposed to mean, socialists argue as follows: Socialism, like most ideologies, comes in different flavours. It comes in authoritarian varieties, such as ... Continue reading