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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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The visa and the sausage

The policy making process is a messy business. It is widely and fairly quoted that “laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they... Read More »

On Ed Miliband’s new tax on tobacco profits

Ed Miliband has decided that there should be higher taxes on the profits of cigarette companies. The argument being that smoking costs the NHS money and that thus some cash should come from the one activity to cover the... Read More »

Why Miliband is wrong on energy policy

This article was originally published in the Young Fabian’s quarterly magazine, Anticipations (Volume 18, Issue 1 | Autumn 2014). On this we will agree: the corporate monopoly dominating the UK energy market needs to come to an end. Currently,... Read More »

Upcoming Events

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The Entrepreneurs Network – Lord Flight

The Wonders of EIS Investing, Lord Flight – Chairman, EIS Association These regular evening networking events are: a forum for entrepreneurs to engage with key politicians and policymakers; a... More Details »

October TNG

For October’s TNG we will be joined by one of the foremost political campaigners of the right, Matthew Elliot. Matthew is founder of the TaxPayer’s Alliance and Big Brother Watch, was the Campaign Director for No to AV, and is... More Details »

Lunchtime Lecture with Yaron Brook: Is Inequality Fair?

Please note: This event forms part of our ‘Liberty Lecture’ series, and is for under-30s only. To book a seat at the event, please email events@adamsmith.org. Lunch will be provided.   Is Inequality Fair? We’re told that the gap between the poor and... More Details »

Recent Research

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Looking at the world through neo-liberal eyes

I spoke at Brighton University as part of their seminar series on neo-liberalism.  The term ‘neo-liberal’ is usually used in a derogatory sense, though I chose not to use it that way.  I was the only speaker in the... Read More »