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Economic Policy

This report offers some suggestions directed at how quality of service can be improved in the mutual fund industry, how competition can be made more effective and thereby the results for customers as well as successful fund managers improved. It does this by firstly conducting a broad narrative analysis of...

TWS's first Annual Conference, held in January 2012 on the theme of 'Public Policy for Cyberspace', was accompanied by our introduction to the policy debates surrounding this area. The paper was written by our specially-formed subcommittee on cyberspace, chaired by Albert Beardow. Please email policy@wilberforcesociety.co.uk for more information. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Public_Policy_for_Cyberspace.pdf" save="1"]...

This paper discusses several key issues, including how the Eurozone member states’ relinquishment of their monetary levers has caused economic booms and busts, why equilibrium hasn’t been settled by free movement of persons, how certain European institutions need strengthening to support stability, recommendations for the creation of further federal institutions,...

An argument for the privatisation of Britain's major roads, with compulsory GPS trackers fitted in cars to monitor road use, in order to rebalance the cost of driving vis-a-vis rail trainsport and to improve efficiency in the upkeep of the road network. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Road-Charging-and-Privatisation-Ben-Wattsx.pdf" save="1"]...

An analysis of the popular proposal for a “Robin Hood Tax” on financial transactions, focusing on its international applicability and the additional cost it would impose upon transactions; and a rejection in favour of a “Tobin tax” focused only on foreign exchange transactions. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/The-Robin-Hood-tax-A-rejection-Ben-Daniels.pdf" save="1"]...

In order to remove excess volatility in the housing market, this report proposes to replace stamp duty with a capital gains tax on all houses, with the tax rate dependent on the growth rate of house prices in the region. Its revenue would be hypothecated to house-building schemes in order...