Think Tanks


1 Sep 2009 15:17:00

The cost of replacing Britain's crumbling infrastructure

Policy Exchange

"Delivering a 21st Century Infrastructure for Britain"(PDF)

Authors: Dieter Helm, James Wardlaw and Ben Caldecott

Publication date: 1 September 2009

According to the report Britain's current infrastructure is inferior to many of its competitors such as France and it is damaging Britain's profitability. The authors predict the cost of repairing and replacing Britain's infrastructure will be around £500 billion by 2020 and in straitened economic times it is clearly going to be difficult to find this amount of money. Some of the radical suggestions for finding this amount include using money from ISA's and pension funds to address the likely shortfall. The authors also recommend setting up an infrastructure bank as has been done in Australia, Germany and Ireland.

31 Jul 2009 12:45:00

The real causes of the recession


"The Recession - Cures and Causes" (PDF)

Author: David Simpson

Publication date:July 2009

The author contends that the recession was neither unforeseeable nor inexplicable due to the credit-boom which was caused by governments keeping interest rates too low, a failure in regulation and governments encouraging borrowing by those least able to afford it. The author argues against the fiscal stimulus and supports an orderly liquidation of insolvent banks. In addition, the report criticises quantitative easing as it poses an inflationary threat.

12 May 2009 12:31:00

Experts' verdict on the financial crisis


"Verdict on the Crash: Causes and Policy Implications"(PDF)

Authors: Philip Booth (Editor) and others

Publication date: 12 May 2009

A series of papers from fifteen experts on the subject of the financial crisis and its implications. The articles debunk the myth that the financial crisis was caused by insufficient regulation of banking and the financial services industry.

31 Mar 2009 14:43:00

How sustainable is the euro?

Bruges Group

"Is the euro Sustainable?" (PDF)

Author: Richard Conquest

Publication date: March 2009

The report argues that while the euro was supposed to bring about economic convergence to the members of the Eurozone in reality it has actually brought about greater divergence. The author predicts that these economic imbalances and distortions will continue and that the euro may not be sustainable in the long term.