Mark Littlewood writes for The Telegraph

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, has commented in The Telegraph on the idea of an hypothecated tax for the NHS. Whether hypothecated, or specific, taxes don’t work for the NHS. In theory the UK already has a hypothecated tax in the form of National Insurance with a percentage of this earmarked ... Continue reading
David Ricardo, the classical economist has been dead for nearly 200 years – but his insights and theories remain immeasurably valuable today. Ricardo was, in many ways, an unlikely economist. Born into a large Sephardic Jewish family, he received little formal education, instead joining his father on the London Stock Exchange at the age of ... Continue reading

Madeline Grant writes for Cap X

Madeline Grant, Digital Officer at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for CapX on the political economist David Ricardo. In her article Madeline argues that Ricardo is of course best known for his attacks on the prevailing economic doctrine of his time – mercantilism, embodied in the early 19th century by the notorious “Corn ... Continue reading

Kristian Niemietz writes for CapX

Kristian Niemietz, Head of Health and Welfare at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for CapX on socialism's track record. Supporters discount historical examples, so never examine why socialism has always failed. Even if their system could be made more democratic, it would not address its economic faults. No one may set out to ... Continue reading

Nerissa Chesterfield writes for City AM

Nerissa Chesterfield, Communications Officer at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM on our foreign aid budget. Rather than blindly sending cheques (which conveniently absolve us of any responsibility to actually address difficult issues such as the undermining of democracy in certain parts of the world), the UK government should consider following ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon comments in The Sun

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Sun following the calls for a so-called meat tax. Chris argued that the Nanny State warriors are now teaming up with the vegetarians and eco-warriors to make meat more expensive. Fizzy drinks today, sausages tomorrow. It's time the government ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Madeline Grant writes for Prospect

Madeline Grant, Digital Officer at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for Prospect Magazine following the introduction of the sugar tax. In the article Madeline makes the point that sin taxes on sugary drinks are nothing new, and we have numerous case studies to highlight their failure. But in terms of achieving the stated aim—making people ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Times on the newly enforced sugar tax. A tax on fizzy drinks seems more likely to provoke a public backlash than many other taxes on unhealthy products. Smokers and drinkers have been become inured to high levies on their lifestyle choices. ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon is quoted in the Metro

The sugar tax has arrived. The move, which is one of the Conservatives’ anti-obesity measures, is aiming to balance out the impact of obesity on the NHS. But whether or not the extra costs will be enough to deter those looking for sugar is not yet known. As well as the costs of drinks shooting up by ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for City AM

Kate Andrews has written for City AM on the allocation of taxpayer money. In her article, Kate questions how taxpayer money is spent once it’s in the hands of the state. We are always told that the solution to any given problem is more spending, and consequently calls to ramp up taxes naturally follow. But that ... Continue reading