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The Adam Smith Institute assesses when Britain might go bust

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Dr Eamonn Butler | Monday 29 November 2010

In this article, Dr Eamonn Butler argues that the UK is facing another financial crisis as early as 2019. He claims the next crisis will be caused by us promising ourselves state healthcare, pensions, and other benefits that our taxpaying children won't be able to afford to pay off. 

Introduction: Chasing Rainbows, by Tim Worstall

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Tim Worstall | Tuesday 30 November 2010

In this extract from his new book, Chasing Rainbows, Tim Worstall fires a broadside against the environmentalist lobby and argues that the conventional 'solutions' to climate change don't even meet the environmentalists' own standards and defy their own advice. The book takes on the global warming alarmists on their own terms by accepting the IPPC’s science and using logic and economics to argue that the ends that environmentalists want is best achieved through more globalization and freer markets, not government interventions like cap-and-trade.

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Is pain aversion a good basis for the country's economic policy?

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Jon Moulton | Friday 03 December 2010

Jon Moulton is a top businessman and insolvency expert. In this think piece, adapted from a speech to the Economic Research Council, he argues that the government's current policies amount to a deferral of pain onto the next generation through borrowing and artificially-low interest rates. This will ultimately lead to much worse pain in the long run. 

How to leave EMU

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Gabriel Stein | Monday 06 December 2010

Can countries leave the eurozone? Yes, says Gabriel Stein, but with some difficulty. In this article, the Director of Lombard Street Research outlines the challenges and mechanics of leaving the Economic and Monetary Union of the EU. It wouldn't be easy, but it might be some eurozone countries' only hope of economic recovery. 

Time for Ireland to say slán to the euro?

Type: Think PiecesWritten by David Howden | Thursday 09 December 2010

No country has suffered more because of the euro than Ireland. In this think piece, David Howden argues that Ireland and Iceland offer contrasting paths from financial collapse, with Iceland on the road to recovery and Ireland on the road to nowhere. If Ireland wants to change course, it's time for it to say goodbye to the euro.

Tax and spend destroys living standards

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Terry Arthur | Wednesday 15 December 2010

Most supporters of the free market agree that high taxes are harmful to overall living standards and economic activity. But it is often less than clear why this is, even to opponents of taxation. In this think piece, Terry Arthur uses insights from the Austrian school to demonstrate clearly why it is that taxes are so bad, and that anybody who believes in free trade between countries cannot but follow that through to also believe in free trade within countries through lower taxes.

Raising VAT looks like a self-inflicted wound

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Tom Clougherty | Tuesday 04 January 2011

Ahead of the VAT rise to 20% in January 2011, Tom Clougherty wrote this article arguing that the hike is a regrettable step in the wrong direction. It will dent consumer confidence and undermine economic growth.

Britain's Borrowed-Time Bomb

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Dr Eamonn Butler | Tuesday 04 January 2011

In this article, Dr Eamonn Butler warns that the UK needs to get a grip on its welfare spending if it wants to avoid fiscal crisis. His exploration of our debt problem and possible solutions follows the release of Miles Saltiel's report for the ASI "On Borrowed Time".

Who is to blame for the Irish crisis?

Type: Think PiecesWritten by David Howden | Wednesday 05 January 2011

Who is to blame for the Irish crisis? The question goes to the heart of Ireland's current situation and offers guidance to policymakers in Britain who wish to avoid a similar fate. David Howden argues that the blame lies both with the European Central Bank, which created perverse incentives for investment through low interest rates, and with the Irish investors who reacted to those incentives.

2011: The economic prognosis

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Ruth Lea | Friday 07 January 2011

In this think piece Ruth Lea, Economic Advisor to the Arbuthnot Banking Group and Senior Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute, discusses what 2011 holds for the British and global economies. There is some room for optimism, she says, but overall the near future isn't bright.

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