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Sam Bowman writes for City AM

23 April 2014

Research Director of the Adam Smith Institute, Sam Bowman, wrote an op-ed for City AM on the three reforms needed to transform UK recovery into a long-term boom.

Read the full article here.

"The question is, how can we get the strong growth we all want? Tax cuts are nice, but hard to sell as long as the deficit remains large. And calls for business deregulation are often too vague to be useful. But there are clear areas for reform in planning, immigration, and money, and none would threaten the deficit. Reform these areas – the PIMs, we might call them – and real, booming, sustainable growth will come."

Sam Bowman appears on BBC Radio 4 debating the future of European labour regulation

22 April 2014

Research Director of the Adam Smith Institute, Sam Bowman, debates the General Director of the European Trade Union Confederation on the future of European labour regulation.

Listen to the full BBC Radio 4 clip here. (Start at 25:13)

The Register features ASI guest lecture with Cody Wilson

22 April 2014

The Register interviewed Cody Wilson - inventor of the 3D-printed gun - at the Adam Smith Institute's guest lecture on Monday, 14th April 2014.

Read the full interview here.

"For a man some perceive as an audacious libertarian who puts untraceable weapons into the hands of criminals, Cody Wilson is a surprisingly ordinary fellow, albeit one who gets quite animated about 3D-printed guns, Bitcoin and "crypto-anarchism".

At an event organised by the Adam Smith Institute in London, the 26-year-old spoke at length about the origins of his firm Defense Distributed, which last year revealed the plans for the Liberator 3D-printed pistol."

Adam Smith Institute featured in The Observer

22 April 2014

Sam Bowman's quote on housing prices in London was featured in The Observer on Sunday.


"The new data prompted one London agency to brand the current market a "superbubble", while the Adam Smith Institute, a rightwing thinktank, says the London property market is now a "disaster" for young people.

Sam Bowman is quoted in the Telegraph

17 April 2014

Research Director of the Adam Smith Institute, Sam Bowman, was quoted in a Telegraph article, commenting on the out-of-control housing market in London.

Read the article here.

Others were more blunt. “This is a disaster – the housing market is out of control, particularly in London, making housing increasingly unaffordable for many people,” said Sam Bowman, research director at the Adam Smith Institute.

“Rising house prices are nice if you own your own home and are planning on downsizing or want to leave your house to your children, but if you want to get onto the property ladder or move to a larger home, say, to start a family, the price rises revealed by [yesterday’s] news are devastating.”

Preston Byrne is quoted in City AM

17 April 2014

Adam Smith Institute fellow, Preston Byrne, was quoted in a City AM article on the opportunities created by the development of alternative currencies like Dogecoin.

Read the article here.

"Preston Byrne, a fellow of the Adam Smith Institute and a commercial lawyer specialising in securitisation and cryptocurrency in the City of London, says that such alternative currencies do offer great opportunities for corporates - which could easily repurpose their Twitter presences to accept payments in cryptocurrencies.

One study, "A Fistful of Bitcoins: Characterizing Payments Among Men with No Names", suggests that 64 to 75 per cent of the dominant cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, has never been spent. So Byrne sees room for competitors in the crypto-arena - "in my view, the battle for supremacy in this market segment is far from over."

The Times, Daily Mail quote Sam Bowman on the failures of the planning system

16 April 2014

Research Director at the Adam Smith Institute, Sam Bowman, was quoted by The Times and the Daily Mail on housing prices and the failure of the planning system.

Read the Daily Mail article here.

Excerpt from The Times:

Sam Bowman, from the Adam Smith Institute, a think-tank, cautioned that house prices in the capital were "out of control" and argued that the planning system was to blame. "This is a disaster. The housing market is out of control, particularly in London, making housing increasingly unaffordable for many people, particularly the poor and young," he said. The planning system "makes it inordinately difficult for new construction to take place to allow supply to meet demand," he added.


Daily Telegraph, Guardian articles quote Sam Bowman on housing prices

16 April 2014

The Adam Smith Institute's Research Director, Sam Bowman, was quoted in multiple Daily Telegraph and Guardian articles on the sky-rocking housing prices in London.

Read the articles here, here, here, here, and here.

City AM article quotes Ben Southwood on CPI fall

16 April 2014

The Adam Smith Institute's Head of Policy, Ben Southwood, was quoted by City AM on the CPI drop.

Read the article here.

“After years of above-target annual CPI rises, then coupled with lacklustre growth or even retrenchment, below-target inflation at the same time as substantive recovery is highly encouraging,” said Ben Southwood of the Adam Smith Institute."

Sam Bowman quoted in City AM

15 April 2014

Research Director of the Adam Smith Institute, Sam Bowman, was quoted in a City AM article regarding sky-rocketing housing prices in London, England.

Read the article here.

"This planning system is "the biggest cause of these runaway prices rises", says Bowman, and the solution is to cut it back.

"Unless the government liberalises planning radically to allow a huge amount of new house construction, house prices are likely to stay high for the foreseeable future," he says. As long as permits stay at rock bottom lows, then we can get used to prices that stop new buyers from getting on the property ladder."


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