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Iain Murray

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Iain Murray is the Competitive Enterprise Institute's vice president of strategy. For the past decade with the Institute, he has concentrated on financial regulation, employment and immigration regulation and free market environmentalism.

Murray has published several acclaimed books, including Stealing You Blind: How Government Fatcats Are Getting Rich Off of You and The Really Inconvenient Truths: Seven Environmental Catastrophes Liberals Won’t Tell You About – Because They Helped Cause Them. His op-eds have appeared in The National Review, The Providence Journal and Fox News. He has appeared on Fox News, CNN Headline News, the BBC and Al-Jazeera, among other broadcast networks.

In addition to his work at CEI, Murray is the visiting fellow at the Adam Smith Institute and board members of the Cherish Freedom Trust and American Friends of the Taxpayers Alliance and advisory board members of Global Britain and Young Britons Foundation.

Prior to coming to CEI in 2003, Murray was the Director of Research for the Statistical Assessment Service and an Executive Officer in HM Department of Transport. He received his MBA from the University of London and his MA from the University of Oxford.

Iain Murray's Articles

One Driver's Story Shows the Benefits of the Sharing Economy

For most of Anglo-American history, the right to earn a living was regarded as “the most precious liberty man possesses.". Yet today, in the US and Europe, occupational licensing places substantial burdens on people wanting to follow trades as diverse as hair-braiding and appliance repair. Had Uber not existed, my driver would have been on welfare benefits, either in Spain or the UK, and probably decried as a “welfare tourist” or worse.

- October 14, 2016

Work Is Changing for the Better, and Government Is Trying to Hold It Back

As technology reduces transaction costs, the nature of work and the role of the firm are changing. Decades-old government regulations inhibit the market's ability to respond.

- October 13, 2016

Mr. Robot Deals Frankly with Bitcoin and the Future of Money

The worst solution is a government-backed digital currency, and Mr. Robot nicely illustrates this. 

- September 26, 2016

The Prisoners’ Dilemma of Britain and the EU

The UK and EU are now like inmates stuck in their own psychic prisons, while the rest of the world watches from outside.

- June 29, 2016

DC Takes Aim at Airbnb, Hits Existing Rental Industry

The anti-Airbnb backlash is an attempt to shove the square peg of a new market phenomenon into the round hole of regulations written for a different market.

- June 06, 2016

Britain’s Top Tax Hunter Becomes the Prey

When free-market politicians play with statist fire, they are going to get burned.

- May 09, 2016

Why Is the Middle Class So Angry?

Individuals are best helped by giving them the freedom to succeed.

- April 11, 2016

Government Targets the App Economy

The difference this time is that the Luddites enjoy government support.

- March 10, 2016

Why Government Should Not Regulate the App Economy

Gamblers may understand the market better than government regulators do.

- January 21, 2016

Free Market Groups Putting Property Principles into Action

From South Africa to India, free market groups are helping to secure property rights for disenfranchised people  ending decades of injustice.  

- November 30, 2015

How the State Keeps You Working Long Hours

The 4-hour company and the 4-hour workweek are feasible — but only if the government allows them.

- November 10, 2015

Depression-Era Laws Threaten the Sharing Economy

The administration wants to turn back the clock on employment practices.

- October 21, 2015

World’s Poor: “We Want Capitalism”

There are several ways to ensure access to capital in the developing world, but the most important approach is to unlock the productive potential of the capital already available there.

- August 31, 2015

Liquid Capital Was the First Killer App

Deregulation could revive the moribund financial system, but the sharing economy may already be moving on.

- August 17, 2015

The Poor Need Affordable Energy

Reducing artificially high energy costs is the first step in tackling fuel poverty.

- June 02, 2015

Britain Back from the Brink of Socialism

All told, the British election was moderately good news for liberty, not the calamity it might have been.

- May 12, 2015

The UK’s Return to Socialism

By abdicating their philosophical role, British business leaders ceded the moral high ground primarily to their enemies. 

- April 27, 2015

Greece Jumps from Scylla to Charybdis

In sailing between a monster and a whirlpool, Greek voters have chosen to take the ship swirling to the bottom. 

- February 06, 2015

The Importance of Free Speech to Human Progress

Free speech is not only essential to the search for truth; it is vital to human progress.

- January 09, 2015

Kickstarting It Old School

Peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding platforms represent the first steps in restoring American finance’s innovative spirit.

- December 15, 2014

Greedy Corporations Save Lives

Multinational corporations are conspiring to save people from disease and make a profit while doing it.

- November 20, 2014

The Smaug Fallacy

The genius of capitalism is that it spreads the wealth around.

- October 30, 2014

Freedom and Whisky Go Together

Scottish secession is not about liberalization per se, but an independent Scotland might have to rediscover Adam Smith.

- September 16, 2014

Sending Money Home: Technology or Bureaucracy?

People in poor countries rely on money their relatives send from abroad; regulators are threatening new ways to make these transfers "safer" and "cheaper." 

- August 26, 2014

Deputizing America

Government agencies are threatening businesses with prosecution if they fail to do the government’s law enforcement legwork. It’s already shutting down business.

- August 18, 2014

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