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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.

  • Teen becomes member of the 1%!!!

    Teen becomes member of the 1%!!!

    | Economy
    “So a 17 year old has made a fortune and has now become a member of the ‘super rich’, the top 1%, and the plutocrats who are getting richer whilst we’re all getting poorer. It’s ludicrous the amount of money he has been able to earn, far beyond what I ...
  • Some Budget observations...

    Some Budget observations...

    | Economy
    I'm currently reading through the Budget, and (as always) there's a lot to digest. As our initial comment reactions made clear, the most worrying thing about the announcements today were the continued high borrowing figures and downward revisions to growth. Essentially, the Coalition are still relying on strong medium growth ...
  • Taxes which raise the UK's growth rate must be the priority in Budget 2013

    Taxes which raise the UK's growth rate must be the priority in Budget 2013

    | Economy
    Tim Montgomerie had an interesting post over at Conservative Home yesterday, suggesting that there are three broad strands of Tory demands from the Chancellor ahead of the 2013 Budget – all entailing tax cuts.The first are what he calls the competitiveness caucus, who want cuts to business taxation alongside various ...
  • Janan Ganesh's worrying insight into 'the Treasury view'

    Janan Ganesh's worrying insight into 'the Treasury view'

    | Economy
    Janan Ganesh's FT column is always a must read for those who want an insight into the thoughts of George Osborne's Treasury team, and today's column is no different. It rightly explains that the electorate is largely resigned to the prospect of slow growth over the next few years, and ...
  • How the Government should re-privatise RBS

    How the Government should re-privatise RBS

    | Economy
    Given media reports over the weekend that the Government is considering how to re-privatise RBS, Head of Economic Research Ryan Bourne outlines why the proposal put forward by the CPS last year is still the least bad way for the UK Government to put the shares back into the private ...
  • Some Perspectives on GDP Growth

    Some Perspectives on GDP Growth

    | 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.As ever, last week’s preliminary GDP figures have formed a major part of the political ...
  • The idea Robin Hood policies would boost GDP and employment is wrong

    The idea Robin Hood policies would boost GDP and employment is wrong

    | Economy
    There’s a term in economics called ‘a public good’. The definition is usually if something is non- rivalrous and non-excludable, meaning that nobody can be effectively excluded from using it and one person’s use does not negate the ability of others to use it. These types of goods tend to ...
  • Some thoughts on the speech...Sir Mervyn King's speech

    Some thoughts on the speech...Sir Mervyn King's speech

    | Economy
    Everyone’s talking about the speech. David Cameron’s speech, that is. But last night the Governor of the Bank of England Sir Mervyn King also made one in Northern Ireland – his final regional speech as Governor of the Bank.  And it was an interesting, if confusing, speech which really did ...
  • Britain’s public net debt has doubled since the fall of Lehman Brothers

    Britain’s public net debt has doubled since the fall of Lehman Brothers

    | Economy
    The ONS did not deliver the Chancellor a Happy New Year this morning, as the headlines from today’s public finance figures show how difficult the Government is finding it to get borrowing under control. Public sector net borrowing was £15.4 billion in December 2012, higher than December 2011’s £14.8 billion. ...
  • Better Off Out?

    Better Off Out?

    | Europe
    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 great majority of the Conservative party is clear that Britain's relationship with ...
  • The Return of the Guilty Men?

    The Return of the Guilty Men?

    | Europe
    The more things change, the more they stay the same. In late 2011 the Centre for Policy Studies published Peter Oborne’s ‘Guilty Men’, which sought to catalogue many of the arguments and scare -stories used by those who wanted Britain to join the euro in the 1990s. Over the past ...
  • Is it time to re-introduce the 10p income tax band?

    Is it time to re-introduce the 10p income tax band?

    | Economy
    “I repeated in the last Budget that we would introduce the 10p starting rate when it was prudent to do so. However, I have to tell the House that this 10p rate will not start in April 2000, like other income tax changes we are making today. It is prudent, ...
  • Paul Krugman for US Treasury Secretary?

    Paul Krugman for US Treasury Secretary?

    | Economy
    Vuk Vukovic reminds us, over at the Adam Smith Institute website, of Paul Krugman's desired policy response following the 2001 recession in the States:The basic point is that the recession of 2001 wasn't a typical postwar slump, brought on when an inflation-fighting Fed raises interest rates and easily ended by ...
  • Missing: an appreciation of marginal tax rates. Reward: better growth prospects

    Missing: an appreciation of marginal tax rates. Reward: better growth prospects

    | Economy
    Today marks the implementation of changes to child benefit payments, such that for the first time the benefit will lose its universality. The Government has used the persuasive argument that, given all benefit spending has to be raised from somewhere, it makes little sense for wealthier households to receive state ...
  • More on Deregulation

    More on Deregulation

    | 2013 Policy Resolutions
    In the lead up to the new year, six authors connected with the CPS will outline a policy resolution they would like to see adopted by the government in 2013. Today, Ryan Bourne talks about deregulation. Yesterday, Dominic Raab MP wrote about reviving Young Apprenticeships.It almost sounds cliché now to talk about deregulation as ...