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Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May delivers her keynote address on the second day of the Conservative party annual conference in Manchester, northern England September 30, 2013.  REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN  - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY) - RTR3FFSM

Why Theresa May be wrong

Theresa May’s Conference speech on Tuesday made some… strong claims about the harms of immigration, and attracted an array of excellent critiques in the media. I want to highlight... Read More »

The EU closes the shop again

The bureaucrats in Brussels do not care for the constructive way Britain has fostered vital, young entrepreneurial businesses and their financing.  Their latest move is to specify how small companies can use the financial support they receive.  In a... Read More »

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The Adam Smith Institute is one of the world's leading think tanks. Independent, non-profit and non-partisan, it works to promote libertarian and free market ideas through research, publishing, media commentary, and educational programmes. The Institute is today at the forefront of making the case for free markets and a free society in the United Kingdom.

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Occasional lecture: Bob Hetzel

Bob Hetzel, long-time staff economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, leading monetarist macroeconomist, and author of The Great Recession: Market Failure or Policy Failure? is giving a lecture at the... More Details »

Private dinner: Charles Murray

Charles Murray, renowned American sociologist and author of, among other books, The Bell Curve and Coming Apart, is in London with the Atlas Institute and will be speaking at a strictly invitation-only private Adam Smith Institute dinner. Location to be confirmed. More Details »

October TNG with David Skarbek

For this month’s speaker we’re delighted to welcome Dr. David Skarbek, Senior Lecturer in Political Economy at King’s College London, who’ll be speaking on the economics of occupational licensing. Under-30s only. To attend, RSVP to or on Facebook. More Details »

Recent Research

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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 »