Society and Culture
Those dismayed by the Brexit vote in the UK, or the election of Donald Trump in the US, often blame the phenomenon of ‘fake news’. Rather more worryingly, some have concluded that increased government intervention in the free exchange of information and opinions is now needed to ‘protect’ democracy. In reality, ‘fake news’ is as ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
Seven years ago, I published an IEA monograph, which was a spin-off from what would later become a dissertation. There were economies of scope in writing for both the IEA and for the university at the same time, but it also created a problem in terms of style. An IEA publication is supposed to take ... Continue reading
Society and Culture

Dr Steve Davies appears on BBC Radio 4's Moral Maze

Dr Steve Davies, Head of Education at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Radio 4's Moral Maze to discuss tourism and the morality of holidays. In the interview Steve argues that to the extent there may be a problem with too much tourism we should rely on the power of government to ... Continue reading
Education
I am sure that many UK university staff share politicians’ anger over vice-chancellors’ pay levels. The average university leader’s salary hit £258,000 in 2015-16, according to Times Higher Education’s recent survey, rising to more than £280,000 when pension contributions are included. Moreover, those figures have risen substantially in recent years, while pay for academic and ... Continue reading
Society and Culture
Between 3 – 8 July 2017, the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Adam Smith Institute jointly held Freedom Week, a series of seminars aimed at students with an interest in classical liberalism, at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. The IEA’s Dr Kristian Niemietz gave a talk on the ongoing appeal of socialism. The article below ... Continue reading
Society and Culture
Have you ever wondered why many Tories spent the past two elections implying that Ed Miliband and Jeremy Corbyn hated Britain and would destroy its institutions? Or why progressives within the Labour party regularly accuse the Tories of “attacking” the poor, women and minorities? Or perhaps why classical liberals and libertarians got so animated about ... Continue reading
Between 3 – 8 July 2017, the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Adam Smith Institute jointly held Freedom Week, a series of seminars aimed at students with an interest in classical liberalism, at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. The IEA’s Dr Kristian Niemietz gave a talk on the ongoing appeal of socialism. The article below ... Continue reading
I’d normally argue that it is better for industries to self-regulate rather than have the state regulate them. Having just read the latest report of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), I’d want to qualify that a bit. The report, Depictions, Perceptions and Harm: A report on gender stereotypes in advertising, calls for “a tougher line ... Continue reading
Economic Theory
Between 3 – 8 July 2017, the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Adam Smith Institute jointly held Freedom Week, a series of seminars aimed at students with an interest in classical liberalism, at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. The IEA’s Dr Kristian Niemietz gave a talk on the ongoing appeal of socialism. The article below ... Continue reading

Reaction to the publication of BBC pay

Commenting on the publication of the BBC's top stars' salaries, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: "The publication of the BBC's top stars' salaries is a welcome step towards creating transparency between public services and the taxpayers who fund them - particularly while the licence fee is compulsory. Furthermore, these ... Continue reading