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Eamonn's letter featured in City A.M.

20 January 2014

A letter from ASI Director Dr. Eamonn Butler was featured in City A.M. In it, he argues against the claim there is much competition in UK banking.

Read the letter here.

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ASI work on alcohol minimum pricing referenced in Spectator

18 January 2014

James Delingpole referenced John C. Duffy and Chris Snowdon's work on minimum alcohol pricing in a Spectator article.

Read the piece here. Get the full research paper here. 

ASI minimum wage comment quoted by Press Association

17 January 2014

The Adam Smith Institute's comment on George Osborne's minimum wage proposal was carried by the Press Assocation.

See their piece, featured on the Huffington Post as well as many local papers, here.

Tim Worstall writes in City A.M.

15 January 2014

ASI fellow Tim Worstall explains the problems with the French approach to economic management in City A.M.

Read the article here.

ASI immigration research mentioned in Wall Street Journal

10 January 2014

Dalibor Rohac, in a piece for the US Wall Street Journal's editorial page, quoted Sam Bowman, who described the UK's immigration restrictions as the modern version of the corn laws.

Read the article here.

Three BMJ blog posts mention ASI work on minimum alcohol pricing

8 January 2014

The BMJ refers to the ASI's work by Chris Snowdon and John C Duffy on minimum alcohol pricing.

See the pieces here, here and here.

Sam argues against buying British in City A.M.

8 January 2014

In a City A.M. debate, Research Director Sam Bowman says there's no obligation to buy British.

See the debate here.

The Week quotes ASI minimum wage comment

7 January 2014

Research director Sam Bowman's comment on George Osborne's minimum wage proposals was quoted in The Week.

Read the article here.

Guido Fawkes mentions our minimum wage comments

7 January 2014

Top political blog Guido Fawkes quoted research director Sam Bowman's comments on George Osborne's minimum wage proposals.

Read the blog post here.

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Letter: Net migration cap damages Britain

27 December 2013

This letter appeared in the Guardian:

The government's net migration cap is hurting Britain's economic recovery and long-term fiscal health (It's not racist to be anxious over large-scale immigration, 23 December). It can take around three months for a business to apply for a visa for a prospective employee, a significant unseen cost of the cap, and international firms may prefer to base themselves in countries where they can bring in staff from abroad more easily than they can in the UK.

Entrepreneurship is being affected, too: more than a quarter of Silicon Roundabout startup founders are foreign-born, and more than half of tech startups in California's Silicon Valley are founded by immigrants. The cap on immigration is a cap on the innovative industries Britain needs to thrive.

According to the Office for Budget Responsibility, without net immigration of at least 260,000 people per annum, public debt will approach 100% of GDP by 2060 as we struggle to pay for a ballooning pensions and healthcare bill. Countless studies have shown immigrants create jobs, raise natives' real wages and even boost productivity.

Public concerns about benefits tourism are legitimate but are better addressed by reforms that restrict access to the welfare state. The migration cap does not discriminate between the small number of would-be welfare tourists and the many people who would like to work productively to create a better life for themselves and their families. The cap is hurting Britain and should be scrapped.

Sam Bowman, Research director, Adam Smith Institute,

Mark Littlewood, Director general, Institute of Economic Affairs,

Simon Walker, Director general, Institute of Directors,

Ryan Bourne, Head of economic research, Centre for Policy Studies,

Philip Salter, Director, The Entrepreneurs Network

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