Mikko I Arevuo

Capitalism under siege

Written by | Wednesday 2 April 2014

Mikko Arevuo, a senior lecturer in strategic management and Adam Smith Institute fellow, explains the moral foundations of capitalism and what is causing the current crisis of confidence in it.

Ayn Rand and the Free Market Revolution

Written by | Thursday 24 January 2013

The Adam Smith Institute hosted a book launch on Tuesday at St. John’s Church at Smith Square, London; a paradoxical venue to invite Dr Yaron Brook, the president of Ayn Rand Institute, the advocate for Objectivist philosophy, to talk about his new book co-authored with Don Watkins Free Market Revolution: how Ayn Rand’s ideas can end big government.

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Yes, MPs really are trying to give us lessons in morality

Written by | Wednesday 14 November 2012

Executives of Starbucks, Amazon and Google have been hauled in front of the Public Accounts Committee to face questions about their alleged UK tax avoidance practices.  Margaret Hodge, Labour MP and the chair of the committee made her feelings clear by telling the executives: “We are not accusing of you being illegal, we are accusing you of being immoral.”  Given the MPs recent track record, I am not at all sure how wise it is for any politician to give lectures about morality.  Nevertheless, it does make good political theatre if the recipient of a lecture on morality is a multinational co

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Market-Based Bank Regulation

Written by | Friday 21 September 2012

Mikko Arevuo calls for a market-based alternative to bank regulation that puts executives on the line for bank failures by giving them a special class of share that makes them more liable for losses. By re-aligning incentives, other forms of bank regulation could be removed and a more stable financial system cultivated.

New at AdamSmith.org: Review, Keynes Hayek - The clash that defined modern economics

Written by | Tuesday 3 April 2012

The confrontation between John Maynard Keynes, and his Austrian born free market adversary and friend, Friedrich August von Hayek, is one of the most famous in the history of contemporary economic thought.  The debate took place during the Great Depression of the 1930s about the causes and remedies of business cycle downturns in market economies.

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Review: Keynes Hayek, The clash that defined modern economics

Written by | Tuesday 3 April 2012

The confrontation between John Maynard Keynes, and his Austrian born free market adversary and friend, Friedrich August von Hayek, is one of the most famous in the history of contemporary economic thought.  The debate took place during the Great Depression of the 1930s about the causes and remedies of business cycle downturns in market economies.

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