Markets and Morality
Giles Coren hates Jane Austen. So much, in fact, that he’s written a searing thinkpiece, argued with David Baddiel on the Today Programme, and appeared in a “Why I Hate Jane Austen” documentary. In doing so, he joins the likes of Mark Twain and DH Lawrence in a long line of smart men who’ve fundamentally misunderstood ... Continue reading
Economic Theory
I have a friend in New Zealand, whose real name isn’t Tim, and who is unusually witty. This gives Tim great “pulling power”. He is married and virtuous now. But as a younger man, the number and beauty of his girlfriends made him the envy of all his mates. By the logic of socialists (and ... Continue reading
On 04 December 2017, the University College London (UCL) Debating Society organised a debate with the above title. The IEA’s Kristian Niemietz was one of the panelists. The article below is based on his remarks.   I’d like to start with a clarification: I’m not a fan of the term ‘hate symbol’, because it makes ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics
Today is the fifth anniversary of the introduction of plain packaging of tobacco in Australia. Don’t expect much in the way of celebrations. In the first twelve months of the branding ban, the number of cigarettes sold in Australia rose for the first time in years and smoking rates proceeded to flatline for the next ... Continue reading
I see the unholy alliance of the Twitter mob and self-righteous politicians has claimed another scalp: Dame Glynis Breakwell has been forced to resign. If you’ve missed this furore, Dame Glynis is not a historical sex offender, war criminal or transphobe. She is (or was) the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath. She committed the ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for The Telegraph

Kate Andrews, News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Telegraph on the gender pay gap in both the public and private sector. In her article Kate argues that liberal markets and capitalism rarely allow for discrimination based on anything but merit. If you don't hire the best people available, your ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
The Church’s attitude towards globalisation has become somewhat ambivalent in recent years – if not a little hostile. This seems partly to be a misreading of the evidence on inequality and poverty, but it also reflects Pope Francis’s cultural unease with big business and transnational commercial activity. If we add the traditional Christian suspicion of ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
Twice in the last seven days, Pope Francis has made major statements about the economy. Most recently he referred to systemic and endemic increases in inequalities. This is a continual theme of the Vatican and was reiterated by the former Justice and Peace Commission time after time. It is common for people to think that ... Continue reading
Labour Market

IEA briefing paper features in the Daily Express

An IEA briefing paper which scrutinises the Fawcett Society's Equal Pay Day campaign statistics has featured in the Daily Express. The article references the study's findings that the so called pay gap between between men and women aged 22 to 39 is “negligible”. The Equal Pay Day campaign does nothing to advance women in the workforce; ... Continue reading
Labour Market

Kate Andrews writes for The Spectator

Kate Andrews, News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written a piece for The Spectator on the Equal Pay Day campaign and why their figures are misleading. In her article Kate argues that even without a thorough breakdown of evidence, young women in the UK have every reason to believe that they will ... Continue reading