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Are we doomed?

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Tom Clougherty | Friday 05 August 2011

With so much bad news coming from the financial markets, it is becoming difficult to see the wood for the trees. In this think piece, ASI executive director Tom Clougherty identifies the main problems we face, explores their policy implications, and examines the bigger economic picture.

The case for NGDP targeting – lessons from the Great Recession

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Tom Clougherty | Monday 11 April 2011

Inflation targeting has failed. In a new report for the ASI, Scott Sumner argues that the Bank of England should adopt a policy of nominal GDP (NGDP) targeting, which would address the dual concerns of macroeconomic policy – inflation and growth – in one target. Here, the ASI's Executive Director Tom Clougherty summarizes the report and its findings. (Download PDF)

What a free market in healthcare would look like

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Tom Clougherty | Wednesday 19 January 2011

The coalition government’s health proposals are a mixed bag, and much will depend on the final legislation and implementation process. But whatever happens, they will not create a real market in healthcare…

Raising VAT looks like a self-inflicted wound

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Tom Clougherty | Tuesday 04 January 2011

Ahead of the VAT rise to 20% in January 2011, Tom Clougherty wrote this article arguing that the hike is a regrettable step in the wrong direction. It will dent consumer confidence and undermine economic growth.

George Osborne has only tinkered with the welfare state

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Tom Clougherty | Thursday 21 October 2010

Tom Clougherty responds to the spending review and argues that a mature reassessment of the welfare state is the only way we will avoid fiscal calamity.

Just the Facts: Previewing the Comprehensive Spending Review

Type: ReportsWritten by Tom Clougherty | Tuesday 19 October 2010

How severe will the cuts due to be outlined in the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) actually be? This short, opinion-free briefing that aims to answer this question, by examining the spending totals outlined in June's Emergency Budget.

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Let's not muddy the waters over the big society benefits

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Tom Clougherty | Wednesday 18 August 2010

Tom Clougherty discusses the big society agenda and why it is preferable to big government. He argues that big government undermines the complex fabric of relationships that exist in a free society but also warns of the dangers of government  attempting to plan society.

A scalpel is needed on health costs we can no longer afford

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Tom Clougherty | Saturday 12 June 2010

In this article Tom Clougherty explains why health spending needs to be cut and suggests the best ways of achieving these spending reductions. 

Reflections on the coalition agreement

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Tom Clougherty | Wednesday 12 May 2010

In this think piece, ASI executive director Tom Clougherty reacts to each of the policies contained in the Lib Dem-Conservative coalition agreement.

How to promote the free market in 2009

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Tom Clougherty | Monday 12 January 2009

In this think piece, Tom Clougherty outlines the key ways the free market can be promoted in 2009: offer a compelling narrative that runs counter to 'common wisdom'; oppose Keynesianism and the idea that government can stimulate the economy; expose the government interventions and failures that contributed to the financial crisis; advocate policies to raise productivity and economic competitiveness; and educate people about theories and ideas of the great free-market thinkers, particularly those of the Austrian School.

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