Mark Littlewood featured on Spiked
We decide what we research. But I do chase money for this. If you want to print reports and circulate them, this is an expensive business. The IEA cannot run on thin air alone. But no individual or corporation or foundation gets to in any way influence our conclusions. Obviously, I look for donors in all spheres who will say, ‘Great, the IEA is writing on topic X – we’re really interested in topic X’. The donor may well hazard a guess at the sort of conclusions that our author may come to. But they would only be hazarding a guess, they can’t influence it, or bend it or control it in any way. We consistently come at problems from a free-market philosophical angle. If you were to look through the back catalogue of IEA research over the last six decades, you would see rigourous, almost tedious, consistency in how we approach issues.
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