Trade, Development, and Immigration
On today's podcast, IEA Research Director Dr Jamie Whyte lambasts Oxfam's latest report on global inequality, arguing that the poverty-relief charity is attacking the economic system that has lead to the greatest fall in absolute poverty the world has ever seen. Interviewed by the IEA's Kate Andrews, Jamie expands on the criticisms and analysis that ... Continue reading
Interest in the subject of wealth inequality has been stimulated by the recent work of economist Thomas Piketty in his best-selling book ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’, with the charity Oxfam having also been very vocal about this issue through their ‘Level it Up’ campaign. But is inequality what we should really be focusing on, ... Continue reading
This week on our podcast, the IEA's Head of Health and Welfare Dr Kristian Niemietz discusses the UK's national treasure- also known as the National Health Service. In the wake of yet another winter crisis, Kristian explains how other countries manage to avoid system shutdowns every year, mainly through the use of market mechanisms that ... Continue reading
Housing and Planning
In our first podcast of 2018, we look at one of the most critical areas in public policy - housing. The Institute of Economic Affairs’s Kristian Niemietz and former Head of Research at the Adam Smith Institute Ben Southwood discuss the housing shortage, its supply-side nature and the politics which underpin it. Interviewed by the IEA's Kate Andrews, ... Continue reading
Julian Jessop, the IEA's Chief Economist and Head of the Brexit Unit, explains what unilateral free trade is, and how it could benefit UK consumers and Third World producers alike. For more on the advantages of truly open markets, read the IEA briefing, 'The case for free trade’: SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel: ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
After months of talks, EU and UK negotiators have finally reached an agreement on Phase 1 of the Brexit talks, to begin trade talks in the New Year. But just how binding is all of this? IEA Chief Economist and Head of the Brexit Unit Julian Jessop, and Digital Officer Madeline Grant discuss the outstanding ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
What do Momentum and Moggmentum have in common? Find out in our round-up of 2017, featuring the IEA's Director General Mark Littlewood and Communications Director Stephanie Lis. Interviewed by the IEA's News Editor Kate Andrews, the three discuss the state of the Brexit negotiations, the problems in Parliament, Donald Trump's America, and predictions for 2018. SUBSCRIBE to ... Continue reading
On December 5th, the Institute of Economic Affairs hosted a debate at our offices, asking if economist and author John Mills had the solutions to the UK’s economic problems. At the heart of John’s plan is a proposal to lift the share of manufacturing and investment by engineering a substantial fall in the exchange rate. ... Continue reading
What is the best way to measure poverty? Intuitively, this question might not seem necessary - surely, we know poverty when we see it. But while we can probably agree that the inhabitants of Victorian slums were in poverty, in many cases today things aren't so clear cut. Our Chief Economist Julian Jessop examines this question in ... Continue reading
Dr Steven Landsburg, Professor of Economics at Rochester University, and IEA Research Director Dr Jamie Whyte examine tax rates, and how to devise a system that encourages growth. Steven concludes that taxes on capital, often cited by many as a way to resolve inequality, are in fact a form of ‘double taxation’ - targeting wealth that has ... Continue reading