Trade, Development, and Immigration

Kristian Niemietz writes for CapX

Kristian Niemietz, Head of Political Economy at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for CapX following the release of his report on immigration policy. Most commentators seem to see the Brexit vote as a rejection of the very concept of free movement. It wasn’t. Surveys show that there is, for example, overwhelming support for ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

New IEA report features in City AM

The IEA’s new report on immigration policy has been covered in City AM. The article reports on how the UK should scrap its arbitrary net migration target and harmful visa cap. The UK's current immigration policy is economically damaging and too restrictive when applied to high-skilled workers. The migration of skilled workers who are highly ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

New IEA report features in The Independent

The IEA's new report on immigration policy has been covered in The Independent. The article outlines how the report calls on the government to scrap its immigration targets because this policy inflicts enormous economic self-harm. It's wrong to focus on overall numbers as the public are concerned about types of immigration rather than volumes. Read ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration
In 1958, the British couple Alec and Moira Dickinson founded the charity Volunteer Service Overseas. Armed with the lofty vision of a “world without poverty”, the organisation supplied British school-leavers the chance to volunteer their unskilled labour in developing countries, providing them with only basic accommodation and a small stipend to cover living costs. Ever ... Continue reading

UK should scrap net migration target & introduce two-lane immigration system post-Brexit, says new report

Summary:  Opinion surveys consistently show that the British public is overwhelmingly hostile to immigration. This widespread hostility actively shapes our immigration policies in many ways. Although those policies are often demonstrably economically damaging, economic liberals tend to treat the topic as a lost cause. However, if we dig a little deeper into the polling data, ... Continue reading

IEA releases report on immigration policy post-Brexit

The UK’s approach to immigration policy is economically damaging, too restrictive when it comes to high-skilled workers and does not reflect the British public’s nuanced attitudes towards immigration, according to a new report from the Institute of Economic Affairs. The report, out today, outlines a liberal, economically sensible immigration system that could be practically adopted ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration
Around the world, growing numbers of governments are using economic sanctions as a tool to influence the behaviour of other countries. Their tactics are nothing new. Sanctions and embargoes have a long and chequered past, dating back to antiquity, when the Athenian statesman Pericles issued the so-called “Megarian decree” in response to the abduction of ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration
Faced with an avowedly socialist Labour party on the one hand, and an increasingly statist, illiberal Conservative party on the other, free-marketeers are looking politically homeless in Britain today. But few debates have been more damaging to the neoliberal cause – and the good of the country – than the one concerning immigration. The last ... Continue reading
Society and Culture
There is a danger that anything a Christian writes about Christmas for an economics blog will be a heresy or will be perceived as moving the focus away from where it belongs and towards the material aspects of life. They would be fair points. But perhaps Christmas is a good time to reflect on the ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

Shanker Singham appears on Channel 4 News

Shanker Singham, Director of the IEA's International Trade and Competition Unit has appeared on Channel 4 News to discuss the fallout of Brexit. In the interview Shanker argues that Brexit is an unprecedented event. From a global perspective what is happening is that you have a major G7 nation adopting independent trade and regulatory policy ... Continue reading