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Regulatory clampdown on regulators

Written by | Tuesday 1 April 2014

New research today (1 April) reveals that errors made by regulators are persistent and predictable. Regulators misjudge key facts and are inconsistent, say behavioural economists, so greater supervision of regulators is needed. Fortunately the Regulatory Conduct Authority (RCA) is there to improve things.

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Think piece: Bitcoin and the English legal system, Part II

Written by | Monday 17 March 2014

Commercial lawyer and ASI Fellow Preston J. Byrne continues to explain why, despite the cries of his inner libertarian, more government involvement in Bitcoin would be a step forward for the cryptocurrency-cum-payment-system, rather than its end.

I should begin by thanking the numerous individuals who privately provided feedback on my proposition that cryptoledgers need law, and therefore the state.

I am pleased to report that the proposition was overwhelmingly opposed, with a few exceptions.

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Press release: Who pays corporation tax?

Written by | Monday 17 March 2014

  1. Nearly 60% of Corporation Tax comes from workers’ wages, making the tax a regressive and stealthy form of income tax
  2. Most of the remaining burden of the Tax comes from capital owners, an economically inefficient way of levying revenues
  3. The government should cut Corporation Tax more quickly to increase workers’ real wages and raise the level of investment in Britain
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Think piece: Bitcoin and the English legal system

Written by | Wednesday 5 March 2014

Commercial lawyer and ASI Fellow Preston J. Byrne explains why, despite the cries of his inner libertarian, more government involvement in Bitcoin would be a step forward for the cryptocurrency-cum-payment-system, rather than its end.

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Think piece: cryptocurrency gets real

Written by | Tuesday 18 February 2014

ASI fellow Preston Byrne explains why bitcoin's recent problems do not mean the cryptocurrency-cum-payments-system is over. In fact, the promise of cryptography in payments and contracts is as exciting as ever.

Last week was a horrible week for Bitcoin: as "transaction malleability" (in effect, a form of distributed denial of service attack) entered the lexicon, $2.7 million of Bitcoins were stolen from Silk Road 2, Russia banned it and the App Store followed suit, the value of a single Bitcoin fell to roughly half – as against USD – as it was 14 days ago.

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Young Writer on Liberty Competition 2014

Written by | Monday 20 January 2014

The Adam Smith Institute invites you to enter our annual student competition, Young Writer on Liberty. This year's theme is:

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Comment: Minimum wage increase will hurt the poor

Written by | Thursday 16 January 2014

Commenting on the Chancellor's backing for an above-inflation rise in the National Minimum Wage, the Adam Smith Institute's Research Director Sam Bowman said:

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Video: Ayn Rand Lecture 2013 by Lars Seier Christensen

Written by | Wednesday 18 December 2013

Lars Seier Christensen is CEO and Founder of Saxo Bank. You can read a full transcript of this speech here

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Introduce school vouchers and liberalise free school creation to improve UK education

Written by | Thursday 5 December 2013

As Britain faces dire PISA education rankings, the government should liberalise the free schools application process and give parents a voucher for a place in any approved school, state or private, says a new research report from the Adam Smith Institute and the Centre for Market Reform of Education. (School Vouchers for England: Harnessing choice and competition for greater quality and equality in education.

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The Trading Dead: The zombie firms that threaten Britain's recovery, and what to do about them

Written by | Monday 18 November 2013

Zombie firms threaten to cause a “lost decade” of economic stagnation – new Adam Smith Institute report

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