Monthly Archives: May 2013

Where has all the happiness gone? … and how do we get it back?

The UK is a less happy place than it used to be. The proportion of the population that considered themselves ‘very happy’ has fallen from over half in the late 1950’s to a little over a third by 2006. It … Continue reading

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Before the Market Came Equality – Well, in Theory

According to the Daily Mail, some footballers openly flout parking laws because Manchester parking fines are so low relative to premier league incomes. For example, Mario Balotelli, who joined Manchester City in August 2010, is reported to have run up £10,000 worth of … Continue reading

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Minimum Prices on Alcohol

The Scottish courts have strengthened the likelihood that we will soon have a minimum price on alcohol. The debate around this policy is interesting on many fronts for economists. One interesting claim is that a “Nanny State” is restricting the expression … Continue reading

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Tax, the Price of Civilisation

It should come as no surprise that many of the world’s most profitable companies, for example: Google; Apple; and Amazon, choose not to pay tax if they do not have to. Similarly, many of the wealthiest resident of the UK, for example: footballers; and media … Continue reading

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