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  • Britain’s labour market is outperforming America’s

    Britain’s labour market is outperforming America’s

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    Today’s extremely positive labour market figures show employment increasing by a massive 280,000 over the last three months and the unemployment rate falling from 7.4% to 7.1%. What is also interesting to note is that on a relative basis Britain’s labour market is outperforming America’s. On the employment rate, employment ...
  • Miliband’s missing millions

    Miliband’s missing millions

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    Tim Montgomerie tweeted last week about the inconsistency of Labour’s support for bank bonus taxes and their support for caps on those same bonuses. Many of Labour’s spending commitments such as extra childcare and their “Youth Jobs Guarantee” are supposedly to be funded from the reintroduction of the tax on ...
  • Stop injecting recovering addict with ultra-loose money

    Stop injecting recovering addict with ultra-loose money

    Tim Knox | | Economy
    This article is an excerpt from our Growth Bulletin, authored by Adam Memon 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.Economy would be between 17% and 21% larger without impact of Recession.Recovery taking longer than ...
  • Miliband is no saviour of the middle class

    Miliband is no saviour of the middle class

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    Taxes and inflation are two of the key issues facing the middle class. Yet in today’s Daily Telegraph, Ed Miliband fails to propose any convincing ideas to cut taxes and consider the effect on the middle class of extraordinary monetary policy over the past 5 years. Proclaiming himself the saviour ...
  • Minimum wage hike advocates’ claims are contradictory

    Minimum wage hike advocates’ claims are contradictory

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    My City AM column today talks about one of the unintended consequences of hiking the minimum wage, a policy more and more people are jumping on board with. I argue those who say there will not be employment consequences from raising the cost of labour seemingly ignore the rise of ...
  • We need a proper campaign to end this insidious “holiday tax”

    We need a proper campaign to end this insidious “holiday tax”

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    About a week ago I began looking into going on holiday in February. Over the last few years, I’ve been to the US a few times, and noticed flights were quite expensive. I was thinking of flying to the Caribbean this time so suspected that I’d have to pay a ...
  • Osborne right to stick to deficit reduction, though much more to do

    Osborne right to stick to deficit reduction, though much more to do

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    Ryan Bourne, Head of Economic Research at the Centre for Policy Studies reacts to the Autumn Statement 2013:“The upturn in the economy this year has been welcome and is reflected in the improvement in both the OBR’s improved growth forecasts and overall government borrowing figures. But we agree with the ...
  • Linking the state pension age to life expectancy is a sensible move

    Linking the state pension age to life expectancy is a sensible move

    AB Administrator | | Economy
    The Government looks set to announce further reforms of the state pension in today’s Autumn Statement. The state pension is expected to be linked to average life expectancy such that individuals spend no longer than a third of their life entitled to the state pension, on average. On current projections ...
  • 5 broad things the Chancellor should do in the Autumn Statement

    5 broad things the Chancellor should do in the Autumn Statement

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    1. Focus on bringing down the deficit through spending restraintEven on the recent optimistic forecasts of Goldman Sachs, the Government will still borrow around £105 billion this year, meaning that the pace of deficit reduction is still modest at best. The OECD forecasts a deficit of 7.1% ...
  • Spreading the wealth around (UK version)

    Spreading the wealth around (UK version)

    Tim Knox | | Economy
    Leading American economist Greg Mankiw has linked to a chart from a recent Congressional Budget Office report which shows the difference between what people receive from the state and what they pay in taxes. This analysis can also be undertaken for the UK, using the Effects of Taxes and Benefits ...
  • The interesting UK labour market story

    The interesting UK labour market story

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    Health warning: the stats used in this blog are all taken from the ONS’s monthly Labour Market Statistics November 2013 release and are the figures for 16-64 year olds. The release also presents figures for all over 16, which would include the increasingly significant number of people who work into ...
  • My open borders debate with Ben Southwood from the ASI

    My open borders debate with Ben Southwood from the ASI

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    Ben has published his post-mortem from our debate yesterday on “open borders” at the Bristol Freedom Society. I thought it might be worth delineating what my argument actually was, so it’s clear to anyone reading Ben’s post:I started by explaining that I’m not anti-immigration – in fact, I’m fairly liberal ...
  • Down with the 'living wage'

    Down with the 'living wage'

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    This article is taken from our fortnightly Growth Bulletin, authored by Ryan Bourne and Tim Knox. To sign up for our mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page.LIVING WAGE WEEK – A FLAWED IDEAThis week has been the annual “Living Wage” week, when campaigners attempt to draw focus to ...
  • Osborne's CGT Proposals

    Osborne's CGT Proposals

    Lucian Cook | | Economy
    Lucian Cook, Director of Residential Research at Savills and author of ‘Taxing Mansions’ for the CPS, writes on why targeted tax proposals make the argument for a Mansion Tax weaker. Proposals to tax the capital gains of non-UK resident property investors are much more targeted and much less controversial solution to ...
  • Eurosceptic thinking has noble roots: a reply to Simon Wren-Lewis

    Eurosceptic thinking has noble roots: a reply to Simon Wren-Lewis

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    “The fundamental problem of the political left seems to be that the real world does not fit their preconceptions,” once said Thomas Sowell. “Therefore they see the real world as what is wrong, and what needs to be changed, since apparently their preconceptions cannot be wrong.”I was reminded of this ...