Despite being called ‘tuition fees’, the system of financing university education in England operates more like an extra income tax on graduates. For most students, the government pays universities up front, and then charges the student an additional 9% of any income above a threshold of £25,725 a year along with income tax and national […]

I’ve been planning to write something for Justice Everywhere on the arguments around lowering the voting age for a few months now. Then Nicolas Brando beat me to it, in a very clearly argued post setting out the main positions last month. I highly recommend Nicolas’ post, which provides an excellent overview of the debate. […]

James Kirkup’s recent piece on social mobility, ‘Too posh to fail’,  is an interesting contribution to the debate because it begins to grapple with the fact that intergenerational inequality is not just about people from advantaged backgrounds being better educated. It is also that they have the “soft skills, demeanour and habits that a privileged […]

It’s hardy a novel or arresting insight to say positions of power bring with them greater moral responsibilities. It’s Spider-Man’s catchphrase for goodness’ sake. The reason  is obvious: a powerful role means that a person can have a greater influence on more people’s lives. Therefore it is really important to ensure that impact is a […]

Responding to the ongoing debate among economists about Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal of a 70% tax rate on the very richest Americans, Chris Dillow  says: “I’ve never been comfortable with the marginal utility argument for high top tax rates. One reason why the rich are rich is that they value an additional dollar highly”. I […]

This is getting to be a tradition now. As in 2016, and 2017, I have decided to rank my favourite things of the year. To be eligible, I had to discover or experience the thing for the first time in 2018. BOOKS 1. Dreamers by Snigdha Poonam A compellingly written piece of reportage, Dreamers follows […]

I’ve been troubled this week by Arindrajit Dube’s anecdote about the Nobel-prize winning economist Gary Becker: In case you don’t speak economics, what this means is that Becker thought we can’t say that domestic violence is incontrovertibly a bad thing, because we need to consider the benefits to abusers against the harms to those who […]