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Blogs by Ryan Bourne

Ryan joined the Centre for Policy Studies in January 2011, having previously worked for a year at the economic consultancy firm Frontier Economics.

  • Some more ways to save money on the NHS

    Some more ways to save money on the NHS

    | Public Services
    The news that the Government is set to introduce a new £200 healthcare entry fee for non-EU citizens who come to the UK to work or study has been met with the usual hysterical reaction. Diane Abbott, for example, tweeted “What price xenophobia? Stigmatising foreigners accessing NHS creates a public ...
  • Marginal tax rates: new research on why they matter, and why the IFS is wrong to suggest raising them

    Marginal tax rates: new research on why they matter, and why the IFS is wrong to suggest raising them

    | Economy
    Last week, our tax expert David Martin argued that the marginal tax rate structure on income in the UK had no logic. Marginal tax rates are of course the rate of tax that you’d pay on the next £1 of income, and so are a good proxy for your financial ...
  • Getting business leaders to examine the effects of the current EU relationship on business regulation is a good step

    Getting business leaders to examine the effects of the current EU relationship on business regulation is a good step

    | Europe
    The Prime Minister is in Brussels for the EU Leaders Summit, and has just announced that he is setting up a task-force of business people to examine the current state of Britain’s relationship with the EU in terms of business regulation.  The aim is that the business people, which I ...
  • The real debate on the future of the state is just beginning

    The real debate on the future of the state is just beginning

    | Economy
    Remember that phoney election campaign we saw in 2010? Although all three parties paid lip service on the need for deficit closure within the Parliament, the TV debates were dominated by discussion of £6 billion worth of cuts in 2010. How silly does that seem now? With a deficit still ...
  • The public finances  - forget the headlines, there's some improvement

    The public finances - forget the headlines, there's some improvement

    | Economy
    This morning saw the publication of the ONS’s monthly Public Sector Finances. It was always likely to get more coverage than usual, particularly because of the upcoming spending review. Yet the coverage has been a bit bizarre to say the least.Broadly, the figures show some improvement in underlying borrowing. The ...
  • Policy Exchange endorses CPS share idea

    Policy Exchange endorses CPS share idea

    | Economy
    There’s a saying in Westminster that “good ideas have many authors”. Well, today Policy Exchange (PX) have come out backing the RBS and Lloyds share scheme which we have been pushing since our Give Us Our Fair Shares paper back in 2011. In a good report written by James Barty, ...
  • The beguiling idea of 'self-financing spending'

    The beguiling idea of 'self-financing spending'

    | Economy
    This article is an excerpt from our Growth Bulletin, authored by Ryan Bourne and Tim Knox. To read the full article, click here. To sign up for our mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page.The debate over fiscal policy has been getting personal of late. The revelation that the work of ...
  • Ed Balls and common concerns about our RBS shares scheme

    Ed Balls and common concerns about our RBS shares scheme

    | Economy
    An interview with Ed Balls by Sam Coates in the Times yesterday discussed the potential for some sort of distribution of RBS shares to the public. As regular readers of this blog will know, this is something we have advocated since 2011. A précis of our precise proposal can be ...
  • Some thoughts on the IMF report

    Some thoughts on the IMF report

    | Economy
    The IMF report proved a damp squib for the ‘more, more, more’ crowd who think the Chancellor should attempt to spend and borrow his way back to sustainable growth. Whilst the Fund did advocate re-jigging of spending (bringing forward some capital spending), it largely supported the need for fiscal consolidation ...
  • If they keep doing it, we'll keep highlighting it

    If they keep doing it, we'll keep highlighting it

    | Economy
    This blog might seem a bit pedantic. But at a time where financial and economic literacy has never been so important, I think it is necessary.So, remember how last year we pointed out that there was huge confusion between debt and deficit? We carried out polling which showed just 10% ...
  • When The Money Runs Out by Stephen King - a review

    When The Money Runs Out by Stephen King - a review

    | Economy
    HSBC’s Stephen King is rare for an economist. Not only is he able to write well (in a style that most graduates would be able to understand), but he is also an incredibly nice man. His book, ‘When the Money Runs Out’, due to be published this Saturday, is a ...
  • The increasingly important role of the internet in politics

    The increasingly important role of the internet in politics

    | Politics
    Over the past few years, Conservative MP Douglas Carswell has continually predicted a revolution in the way politics is undertaken given the rise of the internet. In a recent Spectator blog, he wrote: "Politics in the West, I speculate in my book on iDemocracy published last year, is going to ...
  • What did privatisation do for us?

    What did privatisation do for us?

    | Economy
    This article is an excerpt from our Growth Bulletin, authored by Ryan Bourne and Tim Knox. To read the full article, click here. To sign up for our mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page.With the sad death of Lady Thatcher, there has been much reflection on her personality, ...
  • There’s nothing patronising about workers keeping more of their earnings

    There’s nothing patronising about workers keeping more of their earnings

    | Economy
    If you want an insight into the psyche of many on the British left, then look no further than an article published in the last 24 hours.Exhibit A is Lynsey Hanley’s piece for the Guardian website.  In the blog she attacks the Coalition’s policy of raising the personal allowance for ...
  • Some questions for Matthew Hancock MP on the minimum wage

    Some questions for Matthew Hancock MP on the minimum wage

    | Economy
    Matthew Hancock MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for further education, skills and lifelong learning, this morning gave a speech to the Resolution Foundation on low pay.  Entitled, ‘A Conservative Agenda for Tackling Low Pay’, the speech was largely based around the idea that there were three mechanisms at the Government’s ...