Smoking, plain packaging, and public health

Written by | Monday 24 March 2014

This report reviews the evidence around plain packaging for cigarettes from Australia, the only country to have tried the policy so far. It finds that plain packaging has not had a noticeable impact on smoking rates, but has led to a significant rise in counterfeits, which are more easily available for underage smokers. 

Who Pays Corporation Tax

Written by | Monday 17 March 2014

Ben Southwood reviews the evidence around the incidence of the corporation tax, finding that more than half appears to come out of workers' wages, with the remainder coming as an economically harmful capital tax. 

School Vouchers for England

Written by | Wednesday 4 December 2013

How school vouchers can harness choice and competition to bring greater quality and equality in education. A joint publication of the Adam Smith Institute and the Centre for Market Reform in Education.

The Trading Dead

Written by | Monday 18 November 2013

The zombie firms plaguing Britain's economy, and what to do about them.

Cash in the Attic

Written by | Thursday 10 October 2013

Nigel Hawkins identifies £40bn of assets that the state could sell off to cut taxes or pay down the debt, including government-owned real estate, parts of state-owned companies like National Rail, and utilities that the government should not be running in the first place.

Burning down the house: Why Help to Buy will ruin Britain's housing market

Written by | Monday 2 September 2013

Why Help to Buy will stoke a housing bubble by boosting demand without doing anything for supply, and risk taxpayer money in the process.

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What Hayek would do: How Austrian economists would fix the crisis

Written by | Thursday 4 April 2013

Robert CB Miller gives a modern Austrian explanation of the crisis, and argues that tightening the 'loose joint' of bank credit expansion is the key to preventing a repeat in the future. Based on the work of FA Hayek and other Austrian school economists, he says that the recession is a necessary part of the recovery process, as bad investments are liquidated and new profit routes discovered, but government draws out this process by regulating markets and restricting trade.

Saving the City

Written by | Thursday 7 March 2013

Despite all the heated exchanges over UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to renegotiate Britain’s membership of the EU, whether the UK stays in or leaves the EU may not be critical for the City. Far more important, says Tim Ambler, is the need to create a single global market for financial services. In such a global market, the potential for such a leading-edge financial services provider as London is unlimited. 

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Internet Freedom: A free market digital manifesto

Written by | Thursday 21 February 2013

In this report, Dominique Lazanski calls on the government to commit to a 'Digital Freedom Charter' ahead of the Communications Bill. The report argues that the Internet is currently under threat from an increasing regulatory burden and that we need a charter committed to now in the UK to set out principles to ensure competition, innovation and growth in and around digital communications and the Internet. 

The Limits of Wind Power

Written by | Monday 4 February 2013

A new study by the Reason Foundation evaluates wind power and finds that wind power is limited in practice due to the increased need for power storage, the decrease in grid reliability, and the increased operating costs.


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