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

Type: ReportsWritten by Adam Smith Institute | Monday 02 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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Good and bad objections to positive discrimination

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Ben Southwood | Thursday 27 June 2013

The US Supreme Court has just left one Texan affirmative action scheme in place, but it has recently busted schemes elsewhere. I discuss what libertarians should think about positive discrimination and affirmative action.


If it ain't broke, break it: how to increase prices and profits in the GB retail energy market

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Stephen Littlechild | Wednesday 22 May 2013

Stephen Littlechild, Professor emeritus at the University of Birmingham, fellow of Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and a top regulator from 1983 to 1998, explains how politicians and regulators have, by misunderstanding how markets work, regulated to boost energy firms' profits at the expense of higher bills for consumers.


Busting welfare myths

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Geoffrey Taunton-Collins | Monday 20 May 2013

The welfare debate has roused emotions on both the left and right, and has led to some outlandish claims. Myth needs to be separated from reality. Geoffrey Taunton-Collins gives his take on what we should and shouldn’t believe.


The Keynesian bias in A-level economics

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Nigel Watson | Friday 19 April 2013

Teacher Nigel Watson argues that there is a very real bias towards Keynesian ideas in our schools, and that it is doing harm to children's education.


Why Marx was wrong about capitalism

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Dr Madsen Pirie | Thursday 11 April 2013

Dr Madsen Pirie's speech in opposition to the motion: "Karl Marx was right. Capitalism post-2008 is falling apart under Its own contradictions."

"Like many public figures who leave a legacy, either in their writings or their deeds, Karl Marx was sometimes right and sometimes wrong.  I concentrate on some of the things about which he was wrong."


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

Type: ReportsWritten by Robert CB Miller | Thursday 04 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.

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The rights of others: Don't repeal the Human Rights Act. Give it teeth

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Preston Byrne | Tuesday 12 March 2013

The government's push to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 is ill-advised, says the ASI's legal writer Preston Byrne, who argues that the civil liberties protections offered to the British people by the Human Rights Act 1998 must be buttressed, not erased. If there is a problem with the Human Rights Act, it's not that it goes too far – it's that it doesn't go nearly far enough.


Saving the City

Type: ReportsWritten by Tim Ambler | Thursday 07 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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A libertarian solution to the welfare state we’re in

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Peter Hill | Wednesday 27 February 2013

The Coalition's welfare reforms are too timid, says economist Peter Hill. Welfare-to-work schemes have failed, and adding more state intervention will only compound the problems. What is needed is a reform package that time limits out of work benefits, turns benefits into a genuine unemployment insurance scheme, and more.



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