Julian Le Grand

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    How to have a serious referendum on Brexit and avoid a rerun of the original

How to have a serious referendum on Brexit and avoid a rerun of the original

A number of things were wrong with the 2016 referendum, including the  disenfranchisement of key stakeholders and the extent of misinformation by both sides. Given that referendums should be informed exercises in democratic decision-making, Bruce Ackerman and Sir Julian Le Grand explain how a referendum on the deal should look like.

We are moving to a world where the decisions […]

Both economic theory and evidence from the UK shows that state-funded healthcare which incorporates market-type incentives will save more lives and reduce more suffering

Commentary by Allyson Pollock et al misrepresents the findings of economic analyses of quasi-markets says Julian Le Grand. Looking at the evidence (and recognizing the defects of state agencies’ administration of healthcare) shows that quasi-markets with fixed prices perform better. Competitive mechanisms in the NHS were also supported by previous Labour reforms. In their recent blog on this website, Allyson […]

To ease the pain of devaluation countries should quit the euro – then instantly re-join at a weaker rate.

Julian le Grand proposes a politically feasible and practical solution for Eurozone currency devaluations. As the Financial Times’ chief economics commentator Martin Wolf has pointed out, the fundamental problem facing the Eurozone is a misalignment of internal exchange rates, leading to a dramatic loss of competitiveness for the weaker members of the zone.

A much maligned reform of hospitals is working

One of the Coalition’s central (and most controversial) policies are its proposed reforms of the NHS. Julian le Grand argues that Labour’s introduction of provider competition and patient choice have led to better healthcare and greater efficiencies in the NHS, and that if reforms are allowed to go ahead, the hard-won gains of the past decade will be lost; the best […]

A small charge for a big result: The case of M&S shows that choice can encourage positive environmental behaviour

Encouraging  individuals to change their behaviour towards the environment  is an increasingly important area of policy-making. Julian Le Grand and Kate Disney find that the introduction of a charge for plastic bags in Marks and Spencer shops successfully encouraged pro-environmental behaviour and explore the implications for environmental policy.

This spending review may yet be helpful for social indicators: only time will tell

Julian le Grand gives his thoughts on the spending review, and its possible effects on inequality.

In the last two recessions of the early 1980s and the 1990s, inequality and relative poverty actually fell.  This was because, while top and average incomes fell, low incomes, buttressed by price-indexed benefits did not.  So what will happen this time?   Some of the […]

Greater choice and competition in the NHS now provides a mature set of solutions whose time has come

The government’s proposals for yet another wholesale restructuring of the NHS have predominantly been greeted with scepticism by the media, the Labour opposition and NHS stake-holders. But drawing on his own experience in advising previous Labour governments, Julian Le Grand argues that Andrew Lansley’s proposals mainly represent a sensible evolution of previous strategies, while also advancing choice and competition […]