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Sir Geoffrey Owen writes about ‘national champions’ in the FT

Sir Geoffrey Owen — Policy Exchange’s Head of Industrial Policy — considers whether ‘national champions’ are an ‘endangered species’.

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Scottish Independence: A Political Question

Warwick Lightfoot, Policy Exchange’s Research Director and Head of Economics and Social Policy, considers Scotland’s economic wellbeing, and concludes that ‘its public finances at any point of independence would be exceptionally difficult’.

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Lessons from the US on Innovation Policy

A commentary by Sir Geoffrey Owen, Head of Industrial Policy at Policy Exchange and former Editor of the Financial Times. Sir Geoffrey examines the reasons for US leadership in two key sectors, information technology and biotechnology, highlighting the important role played by new entrepreneurial firms

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Resolving the UK’s Long-Term Care Problem: An Opportunity for the Conservative Party

Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Director of Research, and Head of Economics and Social Policy — reflects on the Government’s announcement regarding additional spending for personal care. He argues that ‘the present Conservative government has the opportunity to undertake a fundamental reform of the welfare state, which would complete its range of provision, and ensure that it cohered in a practical manner that helps families’.

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Warwick Lightfoot discusses the Budget on BBC News

Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Director of Research, and Head of Economic and Social Policy — appareared on BBC News to discuss what we might expect from today’s Budget

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Lessons from the US on Innovation Policy

Lessons from the US on Innovation Policy

A commentary by Sir Geoffrey Owen, Head of Industrial Policy at Policy Exchange and former Editor of the Financial Times. Sir Geoffrey examines the reasons for US leadership in two key sectors, information technology and biotechnology, highlighting the important role played by new entrepreneurial firms

Clarifying Income Distribution: An Issue of Equality or Need?

Clarifying Income Distribution: An Issue of Equality or Need?

This report — written by Rebecca Lowe Coulson, Policy Exchange’s State and Society Research Fellow — shows that claims suggesting that income inequality has never been greater are not only societally divisive, they are also largely untrue. It also explains why income equality does not necessarily equate to high overall living standards, and explores how that relates to the duties of the state towards the least well off.

Clean Brexit

Clean Brexit

With a foreword by former Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson, and a postscript by former Foreign Secretary David Owen, this major contribution to the public debate sets out proposals for a ‘Clean Brexit’. It is written by Policy Exchange’s Chief Economic Advisor, Dr Gerard Lyons, and leading Telegraph economics commentator, Liam Halligan

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Scottish Independence: A Political Question

Scottish Independence: A Political Question

Warwick Lightfoot, Policy Exchange’s Research Director and Head of Economics and Social Policy, considers Scotland’s economic wellbeing, and concludes that ‘its public finances at any point of independence would be exceptionally difficult’.

Resolving the UK’s Long-Term Care Problem: An Opportunity for the Conservative Party

Resolving the UK’s Long-Term Care Problem: An Opportunity for the Conservative Party

Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Director of Research, and Head of Economics and Social Policy — reflects on the Government’s announcement regarding additional spending for personal care. He argues that ‘the present Conservative government has the opportunity to undertake a fundamental reform of the welfare state, which would complete its range of provision, and ensure that it cohered in a practical manner that helps families’.

Five Suggestions for the Spring Budget

Five Suggestions for the Spring Budget

Ahead of this week’s Budget, the recommendations of Policy Exchange Economic and Social Policy Research Fellow, Jonathan Dupont, range from a continued reduction of the structural deficit, to the commissioning of an overall strategic review of the tax system.

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