Ben Southwood

A Hayekian argument for equality of wealth

Written by | Friday 21 June 2013

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If only Britain had joined the Euro?

Written by | Monday 17 June 2013

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Preston Byrne says legal aid has to go

Written by | Thursday 13 June 2013

Over at the New Statesman, Adam Smith Institute Fellow Preston Byrne argues that the state needs to extricate itself from legal aid, in order to allow pricing to operate more rationally and create a competitive market:

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A question for market monetarists

Written by | Monday 3 June 2013

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Tax Freedom Day has finally arrived

Written by | Thursday 30 May 2013

Tax Freedom Day—the day when the average UK resident finishes paying George Osborne and begins putting money in her own pocket—is finally upon us.

After 150 days of sending all our money to the Treasury, we can earn for ourselves over the rest of the year.

The ASI's Director, Dr Eamonn Butler, says “Tax Freedom Day, which the Adam Smith Institute has been calculating for 25 years, is the plainest way to show what the tax burden really is. That is why the Treasury hates it. They of course want to conceal how much tax we pay, which is why they are so keen on stealth taxes.”

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Monetary rules vs. central bank discretion

Written by | Thursday 16 May 2013

On Monday I attended a conference in Copenhagen on monetary policy regime change with Lars Christensen of Danske Bank, Sam Bowman, research director here, Anthony J Evans, economics professor at ESCP Europe Business School, and Martin Ågerup, president of Danish liberal think-tank CEPOS, among others. The discussions raised a huge number of interesting ideas, among which was the question of rules vs. discretion in monetary policy. We all agreed that a rule-based system would be a major improvement on the existing system.

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