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Politics.co.uk: Free movement: How open borders helped the British economy soar

On May 1st 2004, migrants from the ‘Accession 8’ countries of eastern Europe won the right to work in Britain. Denied access to labour markets elsewhere in Europe, workers came to the UK, precipitating the largest single wave of migration the country has ever experienced. The Brexit vote twelve years later suggests that Britain’s turn … Continue reading Politics.co.uk: Free movement: How open borders helped the British economy soar

CapX: The pre-school solution to our productivity problem

As nations come to terms with fragile growth in the so-called “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, the importance of productivity has been brought sharply into focus. The OBR’s gloomy forecast illustrated the extent of the UK’s problems, but we are by no means alone. To varying degrees, nations all over the world – rich and poor ­– … Continue reading CapX: The pre-school solution to our productivity problem

CapX: Can Japan defuse its demographic time bomb?

In Japan, around 25 per cent of people are over the age of 65. That is set to rise to 40 per cent by 2060. Meanwhile, the number of babies born there is at its lowest since records began. This isn’t just a problem for Japan. All around the developed world a so-called “demographic time … Continue reading CapX: Can Japan defuse its demographic time bomb?

CapX: It is the huddled masses who can make America great again

When recovery is slow after an economic crisis, and people feel their livelihoods threatened by political and economic change, there is a tune which plays very well in politics: nativism. Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump’s nativist “America First” message drew vast support. Now that he is in the Oval Office, it is increasingly clear that … Continue reading CapX: It is the huddled masses who can make America great again