Sam Bowman's comments on CReAM's immigration report feature in The Sun Online

Research Director of the Adam Smith Institute, Sam Bowman, was quoted by The Sun Online on his comments regarding UCL’s Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration's new immigration report: 

The mammoth academic report claimed EU migrants had benefited Britain to the tune of £20billion between 2000 and 2011. It buried the revelation that non-EU migrants had cost the public purse £120billion since 1995. The Adam Smith Institute said the report proved the decision to open up our borders to Eastern Europe was “one of the best things the last Labour government did".

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The immigration debate has been poisoned – Sam Bowman writes for CityAM

Research Director of the Adam Smith Institute, Sam Bowman, wrote an op-ed for CityAM, criticising the way in which facts and figures are manipulated in the immigration debate for political purposes.

This weekend, people across Europe will commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. They will celebrate the end of communism in Europe, the liberation of millions from totalitarianism, and the opening up of a continent to free movement between nations.

In Britain, however, the politics of migration has become grubbier. Everybody is now obsessed with immigration – that is, how to cut it. Where once we welcomed Polish pilots who had fought bravely in the Battle of Britain, now we fear that Polish benefit tourists will drain our tax coffers.

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Press Release: New report proves that immigration is vital to the wealth of the nation

Commenting on the UCL's Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration's new report "Fiscal Effects of Immigration to the UK", Research Director of the Adam Smith Institute, Sam Bowman, said:

This report shows that immigration from the European Union (and other EEA countries) is extremely good for the UK. Since EEA immigrants pay more in tax than they use in services, they are not a burden on the welfare state – in fact they are helping to prop it up. Opening the UK up to Eastern European immigration was one of the best things the last Labour government did. Restricting EU immigration now would mean higher taxes for Britons and is a very bad idea.

Immigrants’ fiscal contribution is only a small part of the story, though. By bringing new skills to the UK and allowing for a deeper division of labour, immigration boosts Britons’ productivity and wages. And the evidence shows that immigrants are more entrepreneurial on average, so they create jobs by setting up new businesses.

On the other hand, non-EEA immigrants were a large net cost to the Exchequer over the 1995-2011 period studied. This is partially because non-EEA immigrants tend to have more children on average than EEA immigrants and partially because the data includes immigrants who had at this point retired. In both cases the immigrants’ lifetime net cost is likely to be much lower than the data suggest. However, to increase non-EEA immigrants’ fiscal contribution we should make it much easier for skilled workers to immigrate to the UK. That would help the British economy by allowing British firms to hire the best talent available, and help to subsidise the welfare state by importing the best taxpayers the world has to offer.

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The Adam Smith Institute is an independent libertarian think tank based in London. It advocates classically liberal public policies to create a richer, freer world.


UK drug policy is decades out of date – Charlotte Bowyer writes for CityAM

Head of Digital Policy for the Adam Smith Institute, Charlotte Bowyer, explains how UK drug policy has failed in CityAM.

After months of delays and political squabbles, the Home Office yesterday released its survey of international approaches to drug control. Examining the policies of 13 countries around the world, it failed to find “any obvious relationship between the toughness of a country’s enforcement against drug possession, and levels of drug use in that country”.

The report’s conclusions are at odds with 40 years of government policy, which centres upon the belief that harsh criminal penalties deter the (mis)use of drugs. It must have made for uncomfortable reading.

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Inequality Is Not the Fed’s Priority - ASI Senior Fellow writes for the New York Times

Senior Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute, Tim Worstall, contributes to the Room for Debate, NYTimes Opinion Pages.

There's very little in the monetary toolbox of a central banker that can affect inequality. True, quantitative easing and low interest rates are great for those who own assets, as they can soar in value. But the Fed is doing that to try to stop the economy from worsening, which would be bad for rich and poor alike. The impact on inequality is a very second, even third, order effect. Other than that, there's not really a great deal that the Fed can do about it.

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ASI report "The Trading Dead" is featured in Fox Business news article

The Adam Smith Institute's report "The Trading Dead: The zombie firms plaguing Britain’s economy, and what to do about them" was featured in a Fox Business news article.

The corporate zombie debate is on fire in the U.K., with 108,000 bankrupt firms still operating in Great Britain due to easy money, barely earning enough to pay the carrying costs on their loans, estimates the Adam Smith Institute, a free-market research shop.

It argues banks should quit giving money to the corporate undead, because it distracts funding away from healthier companies that can create jobs. Instead, it says these companies should be put to rest or restructured, to clear the way for more innovative companies.

"Low interest rates and bank forbearance represent a vast and badly targeted attempt to avoid dealing with the recession,” said Tom Papworth, senior fellow of the institute. “Rather than solving our current crisis, they risk dooming the U.K. to a decade of stagnation."

Papworth added: "We tend to see zombies as slow-moving and faintly laughable works of fiction. Economically, zombies are quite real and hugely damaging, and governments and entrepreneurs cannot simply walk away."

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