Tax and the Economy

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Where Next for Japan's Economy? Are there lessons for the UK?

On Wednesday 18th May Politeia and the Embassy of Japan co–hosted a special meeting to consider developments in the Japanese economy and the implications for the UK and globally. Speaking was Kosuke Motani, author of the bestselling The Silver Tsunami, or Japan’s Non-monetary Deflation(2010) and Head of Regional Development in the Development Bank of Japan. Mr Motani also advises the Japanese government on reconstruction in the aftermath of the earthquake disaster.

To find out more about this event, click here.

More Gain than Pain: Consolidating the Public Finances

Philipp Rother, Ludger Schuknecht and Jürgen Stark


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Across the world economies face unprecedented levels of public debt.  Moves must be made to balance the books. Most economists agree that fiscal consolidation will, in the long term, be beneficial. It will bring economic growth, helping to restore the fiscal position. But fears remain for the short term on Keynesian grounds: consolidation could prompt an adverse impact on demand and so damage economic recovery.

2010 Events Round-up

2010 Events Round-up

This year saw Politeia running flagship conferences, lectures and seminars which tackled a wide range of issues, from public services, fiscal policy and economic growth, to defence, transport, education and constitutional issues.

December Martin Howe QC and Jacob Rees-Mogg MP discussed William Hague's Bill to protect British sovereignty - as exists in other EU member states.

November Schools Minister Nick Gibb took up the proposals in Latin for Language Learners. His address reflected the change of direction on language teaching policy shown in last week’s White Paper, The Importance of Teaching.

Poverty or Prosperity: What Tax is Best for a Flourishing Economy?

Vito Tanzi, Irwin Stelzer, Peter Birch Sørenson, Dennis Snower, Deepak Lal, Alessio Brown, Arij Lans Bovenberg, Sheila Lawlor
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What policies will reverse the UK’s decline and restore fiscal good sense? Should taxes rise, or will public spending cuts resolve the problem? Now the emphasis is on cuts, where should they begin and how big should they be? In Politeia’s new book, Poverty or Prosperity, leading economists set out the principles for a long-term recovery and the changes needed if the rising costs of our society are to be met.

Politeia's New Series: How to Cut Public Spending

As the UK faces dramatic cuts, Politeia's series invites guest speakers from the UK, the EU and the US to discuss the principles and practices for economic growth and recovery.

Next lecture:

Wednesday 2nd March 6.30pm

Lord McFall, former Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee 2001-10

To find out more about this lecture series and how to reserve a place, click here.

Read The Wall Street Journal report on the previous event with Ireland's Finance Minister.

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