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Good money after bad?

Type: ReportsWritten by Keith Boyfield | Wednesday 09 September 2009

Good money after bad? An analysis of EU regional aid

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Regulatory Corporatism

Type: ReportsWritten by Miles Saltiel | Friday 04 September 2009

In Regulatory Corporatism: Lord Turner and the Tobin Tax financial analyst Miles Saltiel attacks the idea of a 'Tobin tax' on financial transactions, calling it "misguided", "unfounded" and "incoherent". As well as being unrealistic – such a tax could only be implemented after widespread international agreement – Saltiel says the Tobin tax is a distraction from the reforms the financial sector really needs. Indeed, by guaranteeing government a bigger slice of banks' profits, it would encourage politicians to accept the too-big-to-fail, near-monopolies that have emerged in the banking sector over the last economic cycle.

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It is no time for Westminster to be squeamish over spending cuts

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Dr Madsen Pirie | Monday 17 August 2009

Dr Madsen Pirie on spending cuts and its link to our future prosperity.

Ten Economic Priorities

Type: ReportsWritten by Nigel Hawkins | Monday 03 August 2009

Ten Economic Priorities: an agenda for an incoming government argues that significant real terms cuts in government spending are essential if the UK is to balance its books and stave off bankruptcy, and calls on an incoming government to draw up a "Medium Term Financial Strategy" to restore stability and reassure investors. The next government should also commit to tax cuts once the public finances are under control, focusing on income tax, national insurance and corporation tax. This report also covers sound money, privatization, public sector pensions, PFI, public procurement, bank supervision, and the Asset Protection Scheme. 

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Financial Regulation

Type: ReportsWritten by Tim Ambler & Keith Boyfield | Friday 10 July 2009

Financial Regulation: What is the best solution for the EU? responds to the EU consultation papers Communication from the Commission, European financial supervision, {SEC(2009) 715} {SEC(2009) 716} and the accompanying Impact Assessment {COM(2009) xxx final} SEC(2009) xxx}. The authors also outline thier own proposals for the future of EU financial regulation.

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Re-energizing Britain

Type: ReportsWritten by Nigel Hawkins | Friday 10 July 2009

In Re-energizing Britain Nigel Hawkins warns the UK faces blackouts unless the six major energy companies invest. New nuclear plant should be encouraged by replacing the existing Renewables Obligation with a new Low Carbon Obligation, which would include nuclear power. The three key aims of energy policy – security of supply, reduced carbon emissions, and lower prices – would all benefit from this change, since nuclear energy is both low-carbon and less expensive than many other ways of generating electricity, and does not depend on risky supplies of gas from Russia. The government also needs to work with the energy companies to make sure that they have both planning approval and access to finance to increase Britain's gas storage facilities substantially. The UK has only one-tenth of the gas storage of Germany, and is dangerously exposed to interruptions in supply.

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The Great Crash of 2008: Are governments or markets to blame?

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Professor Deepak Lal | Friday 10 July 2009

The text of this was delivered as a speech at The Adam Smith Annual Lecture, St. Stephen’s Club, 4th June 2009.

Government debt: That’ll be £2.2 trillion, please

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Dr Eamonn Butler | Thursday 25 June 2009

Dr Eamonn Butler on the cost of government and how to reduce it.

The War on Capitalism

Type: ReportsWritten by Jacob Mchangama | Tuesday 23 June 2009

According to mainstream human rights thinking all human rights are “indivisible". Therefore, this mantra insists, economic, social and cultural rights such as the right to an adequate living and the right to social security should not be treated differently from classic freedom rights such as free speech and habeas corpus. In The War on Capitalism: Human rights, political bias Jacob Mchangama argues that this conflation of very different rights is a fallacy, and that it reveals a marked political bias towards state involvement in the economy, increased public spending and the limitation or even abolishment of free market initiatives.

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The Recession: Causes and Cures

Type: ReportsWritten by David Simpson | Thursday 18 June 2009

In The Recession: Causes and Cures, economist David Simpson analyzes the current recession and the government's responses to it. He finds that the widely-held conventional view of the economic cycle – which suggests recessions are caused by external shocks and can be remedied by a government-applied stimulus – is inadequate in the present circumstances, and is leading policymakers both to misunderstand the causes of the crisis, and to advocate the wrong cures. This report examines the real causes of the recession, and suggests policiy opyions which could bring it more quickly to an end.

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