February 1, 2017

Getting the State Out of Pre-school & Childcare

Decisions on childcare arrangements were largely a private matter until the 1990s. A political consensus has since arisen that government action is needed to raise the quality of provision, to make it more affordable and to support parental labour market attachment.
December 1, 2014

Taxing Problem: the UK’s Incoherent Tax System

The UK tax system is incoherent. Even ignoring benefits styled as tax credits and the withdrawal of child benefit, taxpayers can face seven different marginal rates of personal tax. In the long term, aiming for significantly lower levels of government spending could facilitate substantial marginal tax rate cuts, and the government should aim to return to a tax system with two, or preferably one, overall marginal rates of tax on income.
October 1, 2014

Nutrition Taxes: a Broken Tool in Public Health Policy

It is vital to understand that the impact of nutrition taxes on the consumption of nutritionally poor food is unclear and that there is a sizable risk of instituting additional constraints on the country’s economic activity without getting the expected public health benefits.
May 1, 2014

Economic Freedom in the Eu: Mediocre Today – World Leader Tomorrow?

Five years since the outbreak of the most severe economic crisis of our time, there is widespread consensus that today’s levels of unemployment, exclusion, deficit, and debt are unsustainable and need to be addressed.
March 1, 2014

LFMI Comments on European Commissions Suggestions for the Tobacco Directive

LFMI made a thorough analysis of European Commission’s proposal for the Tobacco directive (2001/37/EC), related public consultation and scientific evidence which was used in developing the proposal and provides comments and suggestions regarding the proposal.