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  • Statutory regulation vs private regulation

    16 gennaio 2018, di Kristian Niemietz — Government and Institutions, Regulation, ESMA, Financial regulation, Jamie Whyte, MiFID II, private regulation, regulatory competition, statutory regulation
    The EU’s second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) came into force earlier this month. According to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), its 1.7 million paragraphs will make financial markets more efficient, resilient and transparent. But will they? Is MiFID (...)
  • Did underfunding cause the winter crisis on the NHS?

    15 gennaio 2018, di Kristian Niemietz
    Last week, in response to something I tweeted about the NHS winter crisis, someone asked me whether such winter crises also occurred in the German health system. I didn’t know the answer. There certainly weren’t any when I lived there: I had never heard that expression (or any synonym thereof) (...)
  • Groundhog Day in Brexitland

    12 gennaio 2018, di Kristian Niemietz
    The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has published yet another negative assessment of the long-term economic consequences of Brexit. The report itself is an honest attempt by a reputable consultancy, Cambridge Econometrics. But like almost all such studies, it uses flawed assumptions to arrive at (...)
  • Price is the only language that everyone speaks (Part 3)

    11 gennaio 2018, di Kristian Niemietz
    Continued from Part 2 Regardless of which individual is “playing this role” in society, we anticipate each will act toward any others with whom they interact in a generally prescribed way. Thus, if I go into a bank I know that if I sit down with a bank manager he will be able (and … Continue (...)
  • Price is the only language that everyone speaks (Part 2)

    10 gennaio 2018, di Kristian Niemietz
    Continued from Part 1. But if not under the commanding instructions of a central planner or government regulator, how will people know how, when, and for what to apply their unique bits of knowledge, which cumulatively add up to all “the knowledge in the world,” but resides in no one mind or (...)
  • Our state-run healthcare model makes winter crises inevitable

    9 gennaio 2018, di Kristian Niemietz
    The Daily Mirror claimed “our NHS is dying”. The Sun reported on “third world A&E”. The Daily Mail saw the “A&E crisis worst for 10 years”, while the Daily Express lamented “hospitals just can’t cope”. No, these were not last week’s newspaper headlines, as Britain’s ailing health service (...)
  • Price is the only language that everyone speaks (Part 1)

    8 gennaio 2018, di Kristian Niemietz
    Open, competitive markets have a resilient capacity to successfully coordinate the actions of billions of people around the world. With an amazing adaptability to changing circumstances, the actions and reactions of suppliers and demanders are brought into balance with each other. Yet, none of (...)
  • Put aside the gimmicks and get the government out of our lives

    5 gennaio 2018, di Kristian Niemietz
    Wednesday’s news that 16,000 first-time buyers have saved thousands of pounds thanks to their exemption from stamp duty is, on the surface, a great thing. Non-homeowners deserve the opportunity to get on the housing ladder in a reasonable and affordable way, and these 16,000 buyers caught a (...)
  • No, scrapping net neutrality laws won’t kill the internet

    4 gennaio 2018, di Kristian Niemietz
    The decision by the US Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to remove so-called “net neutrality” laws last week produced a flurry of outrage. The American media company Netflix was most vociferous, declaring on Twitter: “we’re disappointed in the decision to gut #NetNeutrality protections that (...)
  • UK economy likely to defy gloomy forecasts in 2018, again

    3 gennaio 2018, di Kristian Niemietz
    Despite Brexit, growth in the UK economy beat expectations in 2017 and is likely to do so again this year. Of course, the UK hasn’t actually left the EU yet and no-one can be entirely confident about what will happen next. But a useful starting point might be that the consensus of economists (...)

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