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The future of European Monetary Union

Type: Think PiecesWritten by John Chown | Thursday 02 February 2012

John Chown, principal in Chown Dewhurst LLP and co-founder of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, discusses the background to the Eurozone crisis and the prospects for Euro members in 2012 and beyond.

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Fiscal and economic stability in the eurozone

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Ivan K. Cohen, Bryan McIntosh & Marc-Anthony Richardson | Tuesday 31 January 2012

As the Eurozone crisis lurches onwards, three academics offer their perspective on how Europe got here — and where it should go now.

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Why MigrationWatch is wrong about immigration and unemployment

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Henry Oliver | Tuesday 10 January 2012

MigrationWatch says that immigration causes youth unemployment. In this article, Henry Oliver looks at the facts behind the headlines.

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The growth agenda: The self-employment option

Type: ReportsWritten by Dr Madsen Pirie | Monday 09 January 2012

How one small change in mindset could free millions of SMEs from onerous regulation and tax by allowing more of their employees to register as self-employed. 

 

Does stimulus cure recession?

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Terry Arthur | Friday 06 January 2012

Terry Arthur explains why the logic of stimulus is fundamentally flawed — government spending can never "prime the pump" of an economy in recession.

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Law and order in Kenya: BABS Security Services Ltd

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Zachary Caceres | Monday 19 December 2011

Zachary Caceres writes on private security provision in Kenya, where desperate circumstances have forced the private sector to provide what many assume to be the sole preserve of the state.

The law of opposites: Illusory profits in the financial sector

Type: ReportsWritten by Gordon Kerr | Wednesday 14 December 2011

Accurate accounting is at the root of the legal and scrutiny framework; without accurate accounts basic laws are incapable of enforcement. This report argues that international accounting rules have given the impression of illusory profits on bank balance sheets, inflating bonuses and creating perverse incentives for banks to act recklessly.

Renewable energy: Vision or mirage?

Type: ReportsWritten by Hugh Sharman, Bryan Leyland & Martin Livermore | Monday 12 December 2011

The government is spending enormous sums of money on renewable energy. This report assesses the economic and energy security cases for renewable energy subsidies, and finds that there is no prospect that renewable energy will be able to provide a substantial amount of Britain's energy needs.

Reforming the National Health Service

Type: ReportsWritten by Chris Davies | Friday 09 December 2011

In this report, retired industrial line manager and entrepreneur Chris Davies reflects on his experience of four decades of NHS care, and details the numerous occasions on which Britain's health service has failed him. He argues that the NHS is a fifties-style nationalized service that does “time wasting and inconvenience on a monumental scale" and is fundamentally incapable of serving its customers effectively. Davies goes on to advocate reforms far more radical than anything yet contemplated by the British government: his blueprint would see the entire NHS estate sold to competing, private groups; it would establish a national insurance fund financed by the proceeds of those sales and by employer and employee contributions; and it would introduce a co-payments system whereby patients had to pay 20 percent of medical bills themselves, up to reasonable annual limit.

System-wide studies of the for-profit effect on student test scores

Type: Think PiecesWritten by James Croft | Friday 09 December 2011

System-wide studies of the impact of profit on educational outcomes are now beginning to emerge, says James Croft. These imply that there is no argument against profit-making in education.

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