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Financial thought crimes

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Deri Hughes | Monday 03 December 2012

The reforms to financial regulation that followed the 2008 crisis have been dead wrong, argues Deri Hughes. Interventionism and subsidies for established banks have choked competition and added even more layers of protection for established banks than existed before. The answer is to take the state out of the money and banking business.


Unburdening Enterprise

Type: ReportsWritten by Vuk Vukovic | Monday 22 October 2012

Vuk Vukovic outlines the key deregulations that need to be made to kick-start small and medium business employment and spur on a jobs-led recovery.

Parent-led Protection: Market-based Solutions to Child Protection

Type: ReportsWritten by Dominique Lazanski | Tuesday 03 July 2012

Politicians claim that a single government block is needed to safeguard children online. However, as Dominique Lazanski argues, this ignores the wide range of market-based solutions that already exist.


Mind Your Own Business!

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Elaine Sternberg | Wednesday 20 June 2012

We need a real market for corporate control, argues Elaine Sternberg. Private firms may have good reason to pay their executives highly, and shareholder sovereignty should be protected. The most important thing the government can do is to remove state restictions on shareholder power — and stop meddling in how private companies are run. 

The growth agenda: The self-employment option

Type: ReportsWritten by Dr Madsen Pirie | Monday 09 January 2012

How one small change in mindset could free millions of SMEs from onerous regulation and tax by allowing more of their employees to register as self-employed. 


A thicket of summer grass: the thymotic anger behind the strikes

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Preston Byrne | Thursday 16 June 2011

What drives 750,000 people to the point of ruining everyone else's day by striking? PJ Byrne reflects on the "anger deriving from a wounded sense of self-worth" that drives so many people to strike.

Reflections on regulation: Experience and the future

Type: ReportsWritten by Stephen Littlechild, Ian Byatt, Chris Bolt, John Swift, Graham Corbett, Tim Ambler, Eamonn Butler | Thursday 12 May 2011

In this report, five ex-regulators discuss their experiences and reflect on the successes and failures of the regulatory framework that followed the privatizations of the 1980s and 1990s. Regulation expert Tim Ambler concludes by discussing the future of regulation, and outlining the different paths that may be taken to reform the sector.

Market pricing information and competition

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Jan Iwanik | Saturday 05 February 2011

In this think piece, Jan Iwanik gives a response to the public consultation on the commitments to restrict the use of “What-If” and access to market information on the UK insurance market. The government cannot artificially engineer competition by restricting information between firms.

Airport regulation in the United Kingdom

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Karthik Reddy | Wednesday 17 November 2010

In this think piece, Karthik Reddy identifies the main problems in the UK aviation industry, particularly the government's regulation of airport slots which creates perverse incentives for airlines to waste these slots rather than sell or share them to use them efficiently. Reddy argues that deregulation of airport slots would reduce the artificial scarcity of these slots as well as other inefficiencies in the system caused by government regulation of aviation.

Privatization Revisited

Type: ReportsWritten by Nigel Hawkins | Wednesday 13 October 2010

A report by financial analyst Nigel Hawkins detailing the £90bn worth of government assets that can be privatized between 2010–2015. The report argues that repeating the highly successful privatization campaigns of the 1980s and 1990s would raise much-needed funds to pay down part of the national debt, and would open up new sectors of the economy to competition.

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