Economics

Colonialism Was Not the Key to Britain’s Industrial Boom


SUGGESTED

Economics

IEA research featured in The Times

Economics

Kristian Niemietz writes for The Express

IEA research featured in The Sun & The Mail

New research by IEA Editorial Director Kristian Niemietz studying the costs and benefits of colonialism has been featured in The Daily Mail.

The article said:

“Dr Niemietz has argued that colonialism made only a ‘minor contribution’ to Britain’s economic development, ‘and quite possibly none at all’, with the benefits outweighed by the military and administrative cost of running an empire.

“He added that the trans-Atlantic slave trade was no more important to the British economy than sheep-farming or brewing, and most trade was with North America and Western Europe rather than the colonies, even if some individuals did become ‘very rich’ from ‘overseas engagement’.”

Read the full article here.

Kristian’s research was also featured in The Sun (print, 01/05/2024) and GB News.

Read a full copy of Imperial Measurement: A Cost–Benefit Analysis of Western Colonialism.



SIGN UP FOR IEA EMAILS