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The Progressive Policy Think Tank
Topic: Economy

The case for austerity among the rich

The general case against austerity has been well made: the economy moves into a cycle of decline. Let us suppose that current policy fails, that it becomes clear that the freed-up market is not...

27/03/2012
Publication Report Economy

An economic stimulus for the UK: the chancellor's choices

This briefing analyses the costs and relative benefits of several of the main options for a temporary economic stimulus open to George Osborne as the budget approaches, and also assesses the...

14/03/2012
Publication Economy Budget Report

The case against austerity today

The near-default of Greece, with contagion gradually spreading to other countries in the eurozone, has led policymakers around the world to switch from fiscal stimulus to fiscal austerity. What...

06/10/2011
Publication Economy Report

Coalition tax policy

Once again, tax is in the news. A fierce debate is raging about the wisdom of the 50 per cent top rate of income tax, while the Coalition government is committed to raising the income tax personal...

18/09/2011
Publication Economy Report

Deficit Reduction Averaging: A Plan B for fiscal tightening

This paper assesses the extent to which the plans of the Coalition government and of the previous Labour government successfully balance the demands of economic sensitivity and market sensitivity. It...

16/03/2011
Publication Economy Report

Reviewing the Spending Review: A sectoral analysis

The dust has settled on the Coalition's announcement of its Comprehensive Spending Review and, as the headlines fade, the ramifications of the government's cuts for different streams of public sector...

29/10/2010
Publication Economy Budget Business Report

Cutting the deficit: There is an alternative

The Spending Review on 20 October is certain to be one of the most significant political events of this Parliament. The country is braced for spending cuts on a scale without precedent in the...

16/10/2010
Publication Economy Budget Business Report

Deficit Reduction and the Role of Taxes

There are tough decisions to be made about the timing and pace of deficit reduction and about the mix of spending cuts and tax increases. Much has been written about scale and timing, so this paper...

18/06/2010
Publication Economy Report

Financial Sector Taxes

This paper, written for the Robin Hood Tax Campaign, assesses the scope for the UK's financial institutions to pay an additional £20 billion annually in tax revenues in order to provide funds...

10/06/2010
Publication Economy Report