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Archive for March 2012 | Monthly archive page

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In: Budget, Public Policy, Taxation

Comments Off on Some Surprises – But Not Many

The Budget this year was perhaps the most leaked ever: a far cry from the occasion when a Chancellor was sacked for blabbing Budget secrets. Only the changes to allowances now being dubbed the ‘granny tax’ really provided much surprise which is perhaps why the journalists have fallen on them with such glee, though the

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In: Infrastructure, Public Policy

Comments Off on 21st Century Policy Development

I spoke last week at a fascinating day on how policy development needs to be rethought, organised by Synthesis of which I am an Associate. The day made clear that both the techniques now available to us (computer modelling, simulation techniques) and our understanding of the elements of our problems (dynamics, feedbacks, behaviours, networks) suggest

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In: Infrastructure

Comments Off on High Speed 2 – What Can We Know?

Henry Overman, in the most recent issue of Centre Piece, the journal of the Centre for Economic Performance, concludes that he is sceptical of the benefits of the proposed High Speed line, because the opportunity cost is high. He wonders whether this is the best way to spend government money and if there are more

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