The Institute of Economic Affairs

A leading think tank, the London-based Institute of Economic Affairs (‘IEA’), has been described by the BBC’s Andrew Marr as ‘… undoubtedly the most influential think tank in modern British history’.  In February 2012 the IEA placed on its website www.iea.org.uk two posts which will be of particular interest to anyone following this blog. I’ve emailed Mark Littlewood, the Director General of the IEA, to ask whether I might reproduce the posts on this blog, and I explained my own interest in the area. Until I hear from him, here are the links:

Professor Philip Booth’s contribution to a recent Woman’s Hour on the topic of women working part-time (there’s a further link, to access the programme directly): http://www.iea.org.uk/in-the-media/media-coverage/part-time-work-is-a-matter-of-free-choice

Mark Littlewood’s post titled, ‘Cameron wrong on boardroom quotas’: http://www.iea.org.uk/in-the-media/press-release/cameron-wrong-on-boardroom-quotas

It’s encouraging to see a highly respected think tank putting forward such strong arguments, while David Cameron and organisations such as the CBI may as well be taking their guidance on gender-related matters directly from the Fawcett Society, and for all I know are.

The email addresses of a number of Mark Littlewood’s colleagues are shown on the IEA website, so I took the opportunity to send them a copy of my email. A ‘leading light’ at the IEA responded with some encouraging words and requested I send a copy of The Glass Ceiling Delusion. I shall, of course, do so with pleasure.

A good start to the day.

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