Land Economy proposes the most radical change in land use in decades, putting the case for redeveloping agricultural land into a combination of woodland, housing and infrastructure.
By converting just 3 percent of the farms in England and Wales over a ten year period, covering 90 percent of the land with trees and the other 10 percent with houses, we would create 950,000 new homes and almost 130,000 hectares of new woodland.
Sweden has been operating a choice-based school funding system since the early 1990s, with great success.
To promote this right to choose in the UK, three proposals are recommended: (1) parents should be entitled to remove their children from failing schools and choose any other school instead; (2) public finance would be available to all schools on the basis of the number of students they could attract; and (3) a non-refundable tax credit to provide parents with a pound-for-pound reductions in their income tax liability (up to an agreed limit) for each child they have in non-state education.
Britain must get off the back foot in EU negotiations and positively advance its own vision of what the EU should be like. While other countries vigorously promote federalism, Britain is reduced to being a permanent critic - the Grumpy Old Man of Europe. Instead Britain should be linking with other countries to advance its vision of a common market, open trade, cost-consciousness, better decision-making, and deregulation. These goals would be as good for the whole of Europe as they would be for Britain. Instead of a fruitless debate about pulling out of the EU, we should be striving to end protectionism and make it a paragon of open markets, free trade, and efficient administration.
"Over-regulation depresses corporate profits, consumes valuable management time and saps entrepreneurial morale," say the authors. "It makes the UK less attractive to investors and destroys the wealth creation on which the whole of government depends."
There are three big sources of red tape - the EU, Whitehell, and the regulatory offices like Ofcom and Ofwat. For each one, we need to make sure that fewer new regulations are created, that existing ones are rationalized, and that enforcement does not become over-zealous.
This article examines the case for a flat-rate income tax system in the UK. Although it notes that the flat tax is 'attractive in principle and proven in practice', the piece also outlines the many obstacles to achieving such a reform, concluding that the implementation of a flat tax in the UK will be far from straightforward.
Graham Cunningham looks at the economic history of Britain and explores the movement away from the manufacturing industry. He explains why he believes this shift is not a good thing and how the 'entertainment culture' in Britain has left the country with a lack of understanding of significant economic concepts.
Dr Fred Hansen explores the growing issues with the NHS and examines what could be done to deal with them. He explains the need to bring the responsibility of healthcare back to the consumer and give them more control over healthcare. He picks up the issue of 'self care' and outlines why and how it could work.
By looking at various industries, Dr Madsen Pirie explores how through time certain products become cheaper and cheaper. He underlines how the the companies react to changes in their products price. For instance, how the music industry reacted as downloading tracks became free. As this keeps happening with more and more industries, how are they going to be able to support themselves?
In this report, part of the ASI's influential Road Map series, the authors seek to retain what is best about the NHS, in particular the fairness that it represents. The report is based on the principle that everyone should have high-quality healthcare free at the point of need, and assumes that most healthcare will continue to be funded through taxation. Nonetheless the authors also propose to unleash the power of enterprise and innovation in how healthcare is actually provided. This requires breaking through the ideological barricades - a public-private mixture is really the only way forward.
The effects of globalization on inflation are complicated and substantial research on this topic has been lacking, producing a level of uncertainty. This paper hopes to address four key aspects of the issue: how globalization is affecting prices, wages, asset prices and the overall implications for monetary policy. While in the long–run globalization tends to have a null effect on inflation as imbalances like wage–expectations and price arbitrage are corrected, in the short–run, the impact is more uncertain.