Kristian Niemietz writes for CapX

Kristian Niemietz, Head of Health and Welfare at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for Cap X on the dangers of motivated reasoning. In his article Kristian argues that we all think that we just dispassionately look at the evidence and that our conclusion is the one that any fair-minded, sensible and informed observer ... Continue reading

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

Mark Littlewood comments on the BBC News website

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented on the BBC News website reacting to Oxfam's latest inequality report. In the article Mark argues that Oxfam is becoming obsessed with the rich rather than the poor. Higher taxes and redistribution will do nothing to help the poor; wealth is not a ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

IEA reacts to Oxfam's latest report on inequality

Commenting on Oxfam’s latest report, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: “Oxfam have, again, come up with a gross misrepresentation of world poverty which fails to line up with everything else we know about human advancement and income improvements. Demonising capitalism may be fashionable in the affluent Western world but ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews reviews the papers on BBC News

Kate Andrews, News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC News to review the papers. On Trump's visit to UK: It's a very short term game to completely block out the President. A working visit should be feasible. The US has that special relationship with the UK, it's always been an ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

Philip Booth writes for The Telegraph

Philip Booth, Senior Academic Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Telegraph following the collapse of Carillion. In his article Philip argues that the idea that, because the Government can borrow money cheaply, it has an advantage over the private sector is a myth. Direct provision simply hides away the costs. ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

Kate Andrews is co-guest of the day on BBC Daily Politics

Kate Andrews, News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared as co-guest of the day on the BBC Daily Politics programme. On John Worboys: We're so used to trial by media these days, it's easy to forget that we have a justice system and we don't have all the information available. The biggest ... Continue reading