Mark Littlewood comments in the Mail Online

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in the Mail Online on Oxfam's inequality report out today. In the article Mark argues that Oxfam's report is a gross misrepresentation of world poverty which fails to line up with everything else we know about human advancement and income improvements. Demonising capitalism ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood appears on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme to discuss Oxfam's inequality report. In the interview Mark argues that 45 years ago just under 50% of the world's population were living in absolute poverty. That figure is now 10%. 10% too high but we have ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Jamie Whyte writes for The Times

Jamie Whyte, Research Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written The Times Thunderer today on Oxfam's inequality report. In his article Jamie argues that in 1980, 40 per cent of the world's population lived in abject poverty, surviving on less than $2 a day. Today only 8 per cent do. You might expect ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for City AM

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM following Oxfam's inequality report. In his article Mark argues that rather than discussing actual poverty, this report focuses on how the current wealth of the world is split between the top one per cent and the rest. It seems odd ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for City AM

Kate Andrews, News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM on inequality and its true meaning. In her article Kate argues that when people refer to inequality, their complaints are often rooted in the poverty debate. While living standards for those at the bottom is, without question, one of the ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics
Coca-Cola’s decision to shrink its bottles and raise its prices has raised eyebrows, but the economics of it are straightforward. In 2016, George Osborne announced the sugar levy of 24p a litre for drinks that contain more than 8 grams of added sugar per 100ml. At the time, Osborne disingenuously claimed that this was a tax ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Mark Littlewood appears on BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine Show

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine show to discuss the collapse of the construction company Carillion. In the interview Mark argues that the private sector brutally punishes failing management - that's what we've seen with the collapse of Carillion. But that's not a ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Julian Jessop appears on BBC Radio 5 Live

Julian Jessop, Chief Economist at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss the announcement of Carillion's collapse into liquidation. In the interview Julian argues that hindsight makes it clear Carillion shouldn't have been able to bid for the contracts that it has done recently. This is not a ... Continue reading
Energy and Environment
Wednesday’s news that 16,000 first-time buyers have saved thousands of pounds thanks to their exemption from stamp duty is, on the surface, a great thing. Non-homeowners deserve the opportunity to get on the housing ladder in a reasonable and affordable way, and these 16,000 buyers caught a break they deserved. And sometime this year, I’m ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for City AM

Kate Andrews, News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM on how the government needs to provide less gimmicks and more civil empowerment. In her article Kate argues that fundamental aspects of our lives, especially surrounding the cost of living are attached to the puppet strings controlled by government. The ... Continue reading