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Sobering thoughts on the Bank of England

I can’t say I really trust central bankers. The incentives on them are to over-expand, and create rising prosperity which reflects on them and their political masters. Often they do not even realise they are doing it. But the... Read More »

Some subsidies are not like other subsidies

Austin Healey is arguing that the solar feed in tariff should stay at some gloriously elevated level because: Mr Healey visited 10 Downing Street to argue the case for a U-turn of the proposed changes last week. The Government... Read More »

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Ayn Rand Lecture 2015

We are delighted to announce that the Adam Smith Institute’s 2015 Ayn Rand Lecture will be held on Tuesday, November 17th, and delivered by Ken Moelis, Chairman and CEO of Moelis... More Details »

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Utility Gains

This paper assesses the various utility sales of telecoms, gas, water and electricity companies during the 1980’s and 1990’s and looks at how government, shareholders and customers fared since the... Read More »

Using what we know to solve what we don’t

Every two days we generate an equivalent amount of data to that produced by the whole of human history up to 2003. Such a scale of data is almost daunting, with much, if not most of it, recorded consistently... Read More »

Time for Time Limits

The UK’s welfare system is in a parlous state, beset by ineffective policies, a culture of dependency, and an ever-increasing price tag. While well-intentioned, recent reforms such as Universal Credit have done little to change this. We must seek... Read More »