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The Threat of QE2

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Professor Anthony J. Evans | Thursday 04 November 2010

In this think piece, Professor Anthony J. Evans discusses the possible implications of a second round of quantitative easing in the UK. He argues that further QE will prove counter-productive, instead advocating a positive programme for laissez-faire economics.

The Browne Review: Myths and reality in university funding

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Anton Howes | Wednesday 03 November 2010

In this think piece, Anton Howes argues that the Browne Review offers the strongest option for reforming universities funding. The article argues that removing the cap on fees combined with a modification of the Review's proposals for repayments would give students more choice and more control over their education, and improve access to higher level education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Ed Miliband's New Labour economics

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Dr Eamonn Butler | Tuesday 26 October 2010

In this article Eamonn analyses Ed Miliband's speech to the CBI and argues that Ed's solutions to encouraging economic growth are very much along the same lines as Gordon Brown's. Eamonn proposes instead that in order to re-skill Britain we need politicians to let business people get on with the job of wealth-creation, whilst cutting the burden of regulation and taxation. 

International aid should be abolished

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Sam Bowman | Friday 22 October 2010

In this article Sam Bowman argues that the biggest mistake made by the government in the Comprehensive Spending Review is the announcement that the Department for International Development's (DfID) budget will be increased by 37 percent by 2015.

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.

Science is better off without the government

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Philip Salter | Thursday 21 October 2010

In a this article, Philip Salter argues that private funding is vital for translating scientific research into economic growth and that inefficient government funding is displacing more effective private funding.

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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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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Welfare Reform: The importance of being radical

Type: ReportsWritten by Matthew Triggs & Sam Bowman | Friday 08 October 2010

Our response to the Department of Work & Pensions' '21st Century Welfare' consultation argues in favour of radical welfare reform, endorsing the 'universal credit' subsequently adopted by the government. Its authors note that piecemeal reform of the welfare system is unsuited to overcoming its two chief failings – failing to provide a safety net for the needy and creating perverse incentives against work – and instead suggest sweeping away the existing welfare system and introducing a Universal Credit that pays initial benefits at 50% of the median income, and tapers at 55%.

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Reforming the Regulators

Type: ReportsWritten by Tim Ambler & Keith Boyfield | Saturday 02 October 2010

This briefing paper, by ASI fellows Tim Ambler and Keith Boyfield, notes the extraordinary growth of the UK's regulatory agencies since 1997 and the deleterious consequences for the UK economy. They argue that the UK's regulators should first be restricted to their original, purely economic role, and subsequently merged into a single, competition-focused Office of Fair Trading.

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