Institute of Economic Affairs

Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA)


The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) is a London-based free-market think-tank and “educational charity” founded in 1955 by the late Sir Antony Fisher and Lord Harris with the mission “to improve understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society by analysing and expounding the role of markets in solving economic and social problems.” [1]

According to an archived 2010 version of their website, “Since 1974 the IEA has played an active role in developing similar institutions across the globe. Today there exists a world-wide network of over one hundred institutions in nearly eighty countries. All are independent but share in the IEA's mission.” [2]

IEA became very influential in the UK, and Nobel economist Milton Friedman believed its influence was so strong that “the U-turn in British policy executed by Margaret Thatcher owes more to him (i.e., Fisher) than any other individual.” [3]

The IEA is a member of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, a Washington-based umbrella organization supporting over 450 “free market” groups around the world. Both the IEA and Atlas were founded by Anthony Fisher. Fisher's daughter, Linda Whetstone, is Chair of the Atlas Network as well as a director of the IEA. [40], [33]


In March 2018, the IEA launched the “FREER” program, directed by Rebecca Lowe. [23]

FREER will be distinctive in its embrace of both social and economic liberalism: we have a packed range of upcoming events and papers on topics ranging from no-platforming to Blockchain. We also have a great group of Conservative MPs signed up as parliamentary supporters, and we have Liz Truss and James Forsyth giving speeches at the launch tonight,” Lowe wrote in an article introducing FEER at ConservativeHome.  

According to its website, “FREER will refocus the political debate, shifting attention towards free enterprise and social freedom. Britain’s upcoming departure from the EU provides a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to reassess and reform our country across the whole range of policy areas. The ideas we will champion are those that coalesce around an enduring agenda of unleashing the enterprise, imagination, and inspiration of individual men and women. We are energetic and hopeful for a country that is open, dynamic, enterprising, and thriving.” [24]

For its first year, FREER would “avoid enormous overhead costs by being run administratively through the IEA” and would “benefit from the IEA’s staff’s expertise and experience in different areas” while being separate within IEA's overall budget. [24]

Stance on Climate Change

May 3, 2019

In an article for City A.M. criticising recent “Extinction Rebellion” climate protests, entitled “Of course we must protect the planet, but not by taking Britain back to the dark ages,” the IEA's associate director, Kate Andrews, wrote: [27]

“Making this planet greener and cleaner is a goal shared by people across the political spectrum.”

Andrews called fracking a “successful intermediary between extremely dirty fuel and the greener energy revolution to come,” claiming that shale gas “extracted from our shores produces half the pre-combustion emissions as the gas which we import.”

She also claimed: “currently to extract the same amount of energy you’d get from one shale gas well, you’d need 750 times the amount of land for onshore wind.” [27]

November 17, 2004

According to an IEA publication by Robert L. Bradley Jr. entitled “Climate Alarmism Reconsidered”:

“Government intervention in the name of energy sustainability is the major threat to real energy sustainability and the provision of affordable, reliable energy to growing economies worldwide. Free-market structures and the wealth generated by markets help communities to best adapt to climate change.” [5]

December 1, 1997

An IEA report entitled “Climate Change: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom” said: [28]

“The world’s climate is in constant flux: on time-scales from days to millennia, global and regional temperature, wind and rainfall patterns are changing. Over periods of decades and centuries, the most significant factor affecting climate appears to be changes in the output of the sun.”

IPCC [UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] lead authors have exaggerated the likely impacts of climate change in order to heighten public perception of the issue and thereby encourage governments to spend more on climate research.” [28]


The IEA is an educational charity (No CC 235 351) and “independent research institute limited by guarantee.” According to their website, “The Institute is entirely independent of any political party or group, and is entirely funded by voluntary donations from individuals, companies and foundations who want to support its work, plus income from book sales and conferences. It does no contract work and accepts no money from government.” [1]

The IEA was revealed to have received funding from oil giant BP in a 2018 undercover investigation by Unearthed. IEA director Mark Littlewood told an undercover reporter that the oil company uses access facilitated by the think tank to press ministers on issues ranging from environmental and safety standards to British tax rates. When contacted for comment, the IEA admitted it had received funding from BP every year since 1967. [29]

According to the IEA website, the “American Friends of the Institute of Economic Affairs” is an incorporated 501(C)(3) charity that allows those in the United States to show their support for IEA. It operates under EIN#54-1899539. [6]

The following is based on data the Conservative Transparency project collected from publicly-available tax forms on the Institute of Economic Affairs as well as American Friends of the Institute of Economic Affairs. Note that not all individual values have been verified by DeSmog. [7], [8]

See the attached spreadsheet for details on the Institute of Economic Affairs's funding by year (.xlsx).

Donor American Friends of the Institute of Economic Affairs Institute of Economic Affairs Grand Total
Earhart Foundation $1,074,952 $1,074,952
John Templeton Foundation $200 $752,699 $752,899
DonorsTrust $284,900 $284,900
Pierre F. and Enid Goodrich Foundation $270,000 $270,000
Chase Foundation of Virginia $185,140 $185,140
Lovett and Ruth Peters Foundation $99,000 $99,000
Exxon Mobil $50,000 $50,000
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation $22,400 $22,400
The Roe Foundation $20,000 $20,000
Aequus Institute $10,000 $10,000
Atlas Economic Research Foundation $7,500 $7,500
Schwab Charitable Fund $1,500 $1,500
Grand Total $638,240 $2,140,051 $2,778,291

ExxonMobil Funding

Greenpeace's ExxonSecrets confirms that the American Friends of the Institute of Economic Affairs has received at least $50,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998. [9]

Institute of Economic Affairs Charity Forms

American Friends of the Institute of Economic Affairs 990 Forms

Key People

Staff (2015)

As of November, 2015, the following people were listed on the IEA website[10]

  • Mark Littlewood — Director General
  • Alicia Barrett — Executive Assistant to Mark Littlewood and American Outreach Officer
  • Sam Collins – Policy Advisor to Mark Littlewood
  • Philip Booth — Academic and Research Director
  • Ryan Bourne — Head of Public Policy and Director, Paragon Initiative
  • Stephen Davies — Education Director
  • Richard Wellings — Deputy Academic and Research Director & Head of Transport
  • Christopher Snowdon — Head of Lifestyle Economics
  • Diego Zuluaga — International Research Fellow
  • Len Shackleton — Editorial Research Fellow
  • Stephanie Lis — Director of Communications
  • Chloe Mingay — Communications Officer, Public Affairs
  • Christiana Hambro — Director of Programmes
  • Sophie Sandor — External Relations Assistant
  • Isabelle Agerbak — External Relations Assistant
  • Glynn Brailsford — Director of Creative, Marketing & Development
  • Declan Pang — Development Officer
  • Chad Wilcox — Chief Operating Officer
  • Clare Rusbridge — Office Manager and Company Secretary
  • Ralph Buckle — Events Manager
  • Christian Killoughery — Operating Officer

Trustees (2015) [10]

Past Staff (2012)

The following additional staff members were also listed on the IEA website as of November, 2012: [11]

  • Rebecca Connorton — Events Manager.
  • Kristian Niemietz — Poverty Research Fellow.
  • Kimberley Painter — Executive Assistant to the Director General.
  • Tom Papworth — Development Manager.
  • Ruth Porter — Communications Director.
  • Gabriel Sahlgren — Research Fellow.

Fellows (2015)

As of November, 2015, Fellows and Honorary Fellows listed on the IEA website included the following: [12]

  • Dalibor Rohac IEA Economics Fellow
  • Amarendra Swarup IEA Finance Fellow
  • Andrew Lilico IEA Economics Fellow
  • Armin J Kammel IEA Law and Economics Fellow
  • Cento VeljanovskiIEA Law and Economics Fellow
  • Elaine Sternberg IEA Philosophy and Corporate Governance Fellow
  • Robert L Bradley IEA Energy and Climate Change Fellow
  • James Bartholomew IEA Social Policy Fellow
  • James Croft IEA Education Research Fellow
  • Jamie Whyte IEA Economics Fellow
  • Keith BoyfieldIEA Regulation Fellow
  • Kristian Niemietz IEA Poverty Research Fellow
  • Nick SilverIEA Pensions Fellow
  • J R Shackleton IEA Economics Fellow
  • John Bourn IEA Economics Fellow
  • Mark PenningtonIEA Political Economy Fellow
  • Tim Congdon CBEIEA Economics Fellow
  • Richard D NorthIEA Media Fellow
  • Ruth Lea IEA Regulation Fellow
  • Terry Arthur IEA Pensions and Financial Regulation Fellow

Honorary Fellows (2015) [12]

Past Fellows (2012)

The following additional Fellows were listed on the IEA website as of November, 2012. [13]

  • John Blundell IEA Distinguished Senior Fellow.
  • Dennis O'Keeffe IEA Education and Welfare Fellow.
  • J R ShackletonIEA Economics Fellow.
  • John Bourn IEA Economics Fellow.
  • Mark Pennington IEA Political Economy Fellow.
  • Tim Congdon CBE IEA Economics Fellow.
  • Richard D NorthIEA Media Fellow.
  • Ruth LeaIEA Regulation Fellow.
  • Terry ArthurIEA Pensions and Financial Regulation Fellow.

Past Honorary Fellows (2012) [13]

  • Armen A Alchian
  • Gordon Tullock
  • James M Buchanan
  • Michael Beenstock
  • Ronald H Coase
  • Alan Peacock

Advisory Council (2015)

As of November, 2015[12]

Past Advisory Council Members (2012)

Additional Advisory Council members, as of November 2012, included: [13]

  • Richard Wellings — Director.
  • Paul Withrington
  • Gabriel Roth
  • Gabriel H. Sahlgren — Research Fellow.
  • Oliver Knipping — President, Institute for Free Enterprise.
  • David Starkie
  • Nigel Essex
  • Charles K Rowley
  • Richard A Epstein
  • Roland Vaubel
  • Stephen C Littlechild
  • Steve H Hanke
  • Steven N S Cheung
  • Tim Congdon CBE
  • Victoria Curzon-Price
  • W Stanley Siebert
  • Walter E Williams
  • Walter E Grinder


October 11, 2019

The IEA released a podcast on climate change and recent protest groups including Extinction Rebellion and the climate school strikes. The think tank's Head of Political Economy Kristian Niemietz criticised protesters for not acknowleding past and present efforts to tackle climate change: [53]

“We are acting now and we have been acting for decades… It's not the case that we're doing nothing about it. This is a new generation of activists - they probably don't have much of an active memory of that.”

He referred to Danish “lukewarmer” Bjørn Lomborg, saying:

“I think it was best summarised by Bjorn Lomborg, the Danish statistician, who said something like, 'yes, climate change is a problem, yes it is man-made, yes we should do something about it. But is it the end of the world? No.'”

Niemietz said he supported a carbon tax or cap-and-trade scheme, arguing this was the most efficient and least harmful way to lower emissions. He said subsidies, by contrast, led to governments supporting potentially inefficient technologies. Victoria Hewson, the IEA's Head of Regulatory Affairs, also on the podcast, agreed that all other “piecemeal interventions” should be removed.

Hewson also said:

“They seem to think that developing countries can, in order to develop and industrialise and improve their standards of living, somehow leapfrog the phase of using fossil fuels that we in the West benefited from for our development and industrialisation. And that countries like Kenya should build wind farms and solar farms to progress. But quite frankly, that's not going to work. It's just not.”

She warned against imposing a carbon border tax, arguing this would hurt developing countries, and said the government was intervening too much in the UK's energy system, criticising “contracts for difference”, a scheme used for awarding contracts to the cheapest providers of renewable energy. She also said there wasn't enough “joined-up thinking” happening around electric vehicles.

“Electric vehicles are good in the sense that they don't themselves produce emissions, but they do rely on electricity being generated in order to power them. And i'm just not sure that there's much joined up thinking going on in this area.” [53]

August 20, 2019

IEA Associate Director, Kate Andrews, appeared on Sky News during a discussion on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's concern about climate change while using private jets. She wrongly claimed they had been “preaching to everyone else that they needed to have fewer children and that they needed to be extremely cautious about their carbon output”. [51]

July 3, 2019

The IEA's Digital Manager, Darren Grimes, wrote an article for the online magazine Spiked, criticising the recent adoption of a “net zero” emissions by the UK. Grimes said that the target was “ almost certain to impose huge costs on the poorest households and have a detrimental impact on our living standards”. While accepting that there is “certainly a need to take action against climate change”, he claimed that the “Net Zero target won’t do anything to reduce emissions from the US, China and India”, calling it “green virtue-signalling”. [50]

In 2018, DeSmog revealed that Spiked had received $300,000 from the US-based climate science denial funders, the Koch brothers, over the previous three years.

June 25, 2019

The IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics, Christopher Snowdon, wrote an opinion piece for The Telegraph in which he said that the UK's “net zero” emissions target could “most charitably be described as a leap of faith” and that the amendment was only proposed to “boost the ego of one of Britain’s worst prime ministers”. Snowdon admitted that there were “certainly benefits to be had from weaning ourselves off fossil fuels” but claimed Britain was only responsible for 1% of global emissions so “any benefits to the climate depend almost entirely on the big economies – China, India, the USA – following our lead”. [39]

June 13, 2019

The IEA hosted a podcast with former Labour MP Natascha Engel on the issue of fracking in the UK, during which she “argues that an urge to ‘do something’ about climate change will hustle politicians into bad decisions — and almost certainly make things worse,” according to the podcast description. Engel served as the government's Commissioner for Shale Gas between October 2018 and April 2019 and was criticized for working as a consultant for the chemicals and fracking company INEOS after losing her North East Derbyshire seat in 2017. [35], [37]

The podcast was hosted by the IEA's Digital Manager, Darren Grimes, a pro-Brexit student activist who founded the youth campaign group BeLeave and was subsequently fined £20,000 by the Electoral Commission for breaching spending rules during the EU referendum campaign. In July, Grimes won an appeal against the fine. [36], [48]

June 7, 2019

IEA director-general Mark Littlewood appeared on BBC Radio 4, responding to a letter sent by Chancellor Philip Hammond to the Prime Minister, claiming a “net zero” emissions target by 2050 would cost the UK $1 trillion. Littlewood said: [31]

“You can do quite a lot with a trillion pounds. Let's even say the treasury has exaggerated it and it's only half a trillion pounds. You can do an awful lot with half a trillion pounds… Now that's not say there aren't any fringe benefits if you're in the windmill-making business: this could be good news for you. But it is a real cost. You can't just hand wave that away.” [31]

June 5, 2019

Linda Edwards, a member of the IEA's advisory council since 2016, was appointed a director of the organization, according to Companies House filings. The IEA website states that Edwards has had a “long relationship” with the Koch-funded, climate science denying Cato Institute, based in the US, and is a board member of the Atlas Network, a Washington-based umbrella organization supporting over 450 “free market” groups around the world. Both the Atlas Network and the IEA were founded by the late Sir Anthony Fisher. [32], [33]

Edwards also supports the Reason Foundation, another Koch- and Exxon-funded US libertarian group which claimed in 2016 that “global warming of up to 3 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels could generate net benefits for humanity.” [33], [34]

June 3, 2019

IEA director-general Mark Littlewood wrote an article in The Times entitled “Green campaigners won’t save the planet, but capitalism may well do.” [38]

May 3, 2019

IEA associate director Kate Andrews wrote an article for City A.M. criticising recent “Extinction Rebellion” climate protests, entitled “Of course we must protect the planet, but not by taking Britain back to the dark ages.” [27]

Andrews acknowledged that “Making this planet greener and cleaner is a goal shared by people across the political spectrum” but said protesters were “campaigning for behaviour that would quite literally send us back to the dark ages.”

Andrews called fracking a “successful intermediary between extremely dirty fuel and the greener energy revolution to come,” claiming that shale gas “extracted from our shores produces half the pre-combustion emissions as the gas which we import.”

She also claimed: “currently to extract the same amount of energy you’d get from one shale gas well, you’d need 750 times the amount of land for onshore wind.” [27]

November 28, 2018

An openDemocracy article reported that the IEA's magazine, Economic Affairs, which is distributed to every school in the UK teaching A-Level economics or business studies, had published articles promoting “tobacco tax cuts, climate change denial, tax havens, and privatising the NHS.” [30]

In autumn 2013, the magazine ran an article by Roger Bate, an economist and fellow at the libertarian US-based think tank the American Enterprise Institute, entitled “20 years denouncing eco-militants”, in which he argued that “evidence of climate impact is still hard to prove, and harm even more difficult to establish.”

The magazine does not disclose its funding sources to readers. [30]

September 24, 2018

The IEA helped to launch an 'alternative' plan for a post-Brexit UK-US trade deal, alongside US group the Cato Institute. It called on the UK government to cut EU environmental regulations to secure free-trade deals with the US, China and India after Brexit. Environmental NGOs said the plans were not credible if the UK was to fulfil its own environmental commitments, warning that the Brexit vote was not a mandate to lower standards. BBC Newsnight Policy Editor Chris Cook wrote an analysis piece challenging the report's “dubious maths​”. [43], [44]

The following day Greenpeace's Unearthed revealed details of a 'lucrative' tour of the US undertaken by IEA chief Mark Littlewood in advance of the report being published. [45]

A separate Guardian analysis revealed a related US-group, the American Friends of the IEA, had raised at least $1.69m in the last decade. The director of the American Friends of the IEA, Robert Boyd, revealed some of the money had been used to fund specific projects for the IEA, but said the US-arm was run independently of the UK thinktank. [46]

August, 2018

Continuing the revolving door betwen Tufton Street organisations and key Brexit departments in government, IEA Director of Communications Stephanie Lis took a post as a Special Adviser at the Department for Exiting the EU under Secretary of State Dominic Raab. [47]

July 2018

IEA chief Mark Littlewood was filmed by undercover reporters tellling a prospective donor they could discreetly influence a report in ways that could advance their business interests, in exchange for £42,500. [49]

July 29, 2018

An undercover reporter filmed Institute of Economic Affairs director Mark Littlewood offering access to government ministers and civil servants in exchange for funding, The Guardian reported.  Littlewood said IEA was in the “the Brexit influencing game.” He said he could make introductions to ministers, and that IEA knew Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, David Davis and Liam Fox well. [25]

He was also recorded suggesting donors could shape “substantial content” of research commissioned by IEA with findings that would support free-trade deals. [25]

“The disclosures are likely to raise fresh questions about the independence and status of the IEA, which is established as an educational charity. Charity Commission rules state that 'an organisation will not be charitable if its purposes are political',” The Guardian reported. [25]

In an exchange with The Guardian, IEA said there was “nothing untoward about thinktanks having a collaborative approach with politicians” and added that it had “no corporate view” on Brexit. [25]

The IEA also offered to broker access to senior politicians for foreign donors seeking to influence the course of Brexit, according to the investigation by Greenpeace's UnEarthed. [26]

April 28, 2016

The IEA published a report calling for the BBC to be privatised. One of its chapters, entitled “The problem of bias in the BBC” was written by Ryan Bourne, now Chair for the Public Understanding of Economics at the US-based libertarian Cato Institute. Fresh analysis for the chapter was commissioned from the anti-BBC research group News-watch, which regularly publishes articles rejecting the scientific consensus on climate change. Both the IEA and News-watch are either directly or indirectly funded by the Nigel Vinson Charitable Trust. [41], [42]

June, 2015

Philip Booth, Editorial and Programme Director at the IEA, was featured on Newsnight where he criticized some aspects of Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment. [14]
According to the event description, “Pope Francis's comments on how best to combat climate change however, are at risk of overstepping the mark when it comes to the role of the clergy.” [14]
Phillip Booth also wrote a corresponding blog post at the IEA titled “Property rights and the environment - a response to Pope Francis’ encyclical.[15]
“It is correct to say that pollution leads to premature deaths. Indeed, many would argue that climate change will do so and some that it already does so. But, there are trade-offs. And the underlying picture is one of huge increases in life expectancy and health because of the economic development that is taking place. Indeed, in many parts of the world, the environment is improving dramatically,” Booth writes.

September 20, 2013

IEA Director General Mark Littlewood gave a speech to the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)'s annual conference, in which he said: [52]

“I also think there are whole government departments that can be closed down. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport? Culture, Media and Sport should belong to the people, not the state bureaucracy. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills - surely, the three things governments are worst at. That department can be abolished overnight.”

He added:

“We need to reverse the disastrous energy policies which make heating bills a huge burden on the average household. In the name of combatting global warming, we actually risk people being unable to heat their homes and dying of hypothermia.”

Littlewood said later in the speech:

“I've heard your leader Nigel Farage describe the other three major parties as being the social democratic parties. I think he may have a point.”

He ended by saying:

“My real plea to you today is to focus on the third word in your party's name. If you can become the true party of independence, talking not just about the UK's independence from Europe, but about the need to fight for the independence of ordinary people against an over-taxing, over-spending, over-regulating state, then I think you can make an even greater contribution to modern political debate.” [52]

June, 2013

The Institute of Economic Affairs and the Adam Smith Institute “received tens of thousands of pounds in funding from cigarette firms,” which was revealed in The Observer's article, “Health groups dismayed by news 'big tobacco' funded rightwing thinktanks.” [16], [17]

British American Tobacco (BAT) confirmed in The Observer's article that in 2011 BAT “gave the IEA [Institute of Economic Affairs] £10,000, plus £1,000 in event sponsorship. Last year [2012] it [BAT] donated a further £20,000 to the institute.” [17]

September 5, 2011

The Institute of Economic Affairs hosted an event by climate change skeptic Fred Singer titled “The Big Global Warming Debate: Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate.”

According to the conference description, “If climate change is natural, if there is no appreciable Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW), then there is little we can do about it. We'd better just adapt – as humans have been doing for many millennia.” [18]

November 23, 2009

The Institute of Economic Affairs held an event titled “The Copenhagen Summit: Do Science and Economics Support Government Action on Climate Change?

Speakers included climate change skeptics Nigel Lawson and Fred Singer. The conference description suggests that policies to reduce carbon emissions will cause consumers to “face higher bills as businesses pass on the additional costs.” [19]

September, 2009

The Institute of Economic Affairs created a document titled “Climate Change Policy: Challenging the Activists.” The report includes sections written by numerous climate change skeptics. [20]
Here are some excerpts from the report:
“[T]he Stern Review […] exaggerates the costs that may be associated with emissions of greenhouse gases”
Russell Lewis:
“It is possible to accept aspects of the science of global warming without predicting a forthcoming apocalypse or highly coercive and centralising government action to deal with the consequences. […] the consequences of environmental and ecological change are regularly exaggerated.”
“The science of climate change is far from settled. Arguably, it will never be settled.”
“I have argued that the relationship between human emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and global warming remains uncertain. Plausibly, increased emissions of GHGs during the 21st century will lead to mild warming – of perhaps 1–3° Celsius. To the extent that this warming occurs gradually, the best strategy is likely to be adaptation.”
“[T]he IPCC process, viewed as a whole, is not professionally up to the mark.”
“[Governments] should no longer presume or aim at consensus. Rather, they should see to it that, both within the IPCC reporting process and more broadly, serious differences of professional opinion are aired.”

“Critics of the conventional view that science ‘proves’ that, given present policies, damaging global warming will occur as a consequence of human actions frequently warn that this view is leading towards adoption of a new secular religion, of a pronounced ascetic character. […] [S]upporters of the damaging climate change hypothesis fervently advocate stringent government measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions which would have a serious impact on individual freedom.

“[W]e should be wary of the dangers to individual freedom inherent in the present consensus about prospective climate change and how to deal with it.”

Colin Robinson:
“In general, the authors of this volume take a far more sceptical view than is usual of the hypothesis that drastic action to combat severe climate change can be justified.”

March 6, 2007

The Institute of Economic Affair's Russell Lewis published a report titled, “Global Warming False Alarms,” which constituted the “25th IEA Current Controversies Paper.” [21]

The report states that “claims about the future impact of global warming are alarmist and unwarranted,” and “also suspect as an excuse for mounting taxes and controls.” [21] The IEA's report goes on to say that “there is a strong case that the IPCC has overstated the effect of anthropogenic greenhouse gases on the climate and downplayed the influence of natural factors such as variations in solar output, El Niños and volcanic activity. The empirical evidence used to support the global warming hypothesis has often been misleading, with ‘scare stories’ promoted in the media that are distortions of scientific reality.” [21]


The Institute of Economic Affairs has issued a number of publications that challenge the science behind man-made climate change. These include:

Institute of Economic Affairs Contact & Location

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IER) lists the following contact information on its website: [22]

Institute of Economic Affairs
2 Lord North Street (entrance on Great Peter Street)
Tel: 020 7799 8900

Related Organizations


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  2.  About the IEA,” Institute of Economic Affairs. Archived March 14, 2010. URL

  3. Martin Morse Wooster. “Liberty's Quiet Champion,” The Philanthropy Roundtable, July/August 2003. Archived March 12, 2005. URL

  4. Institute of Economic Affairs,” SourceWatch. Accessed November 17, 2015. 

  5. Climate Alarmism Reconsidered,” Institute of Economic Affairs, November 17, 2004. Archived January 24, 2018. URL

  6. Donate Now,” Institute of Economic Affairs. Archived November 17, 2015. URL

  7. Institute of Economic Affairs,” Conservative Transparency. Data retrieved June 29, 2016.

  8. American Friends of the Institute of Economic Affairs,” Conservative Transparency. Data retrieved June 29, 2016.

  9. ExxonSecrets Factsheet: American Friends of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA). Accessed March 7, 2019.

  10. People,” Institute of Economic Affairs. Archived November 17, 2015. 

  11. “People,” Institute of Economic Affairs. Archived November 22, 2012.

  12. Fellows and advisors,” Institute of Economic Affairs. Archived November 18, 2015. 

  13. Fellows and advisors,” Institute of Economic Affairs. Archived November 22, 2012.

  14. The pope should not overstep his remit,” Institute of Economic Affairs, June 15, 2015. Archived November 16, 2015. URL

  15. Philip Booth. “Property rights and the environment - a response to Pope Francis’ encyclical,” Institute of Economic Affairs, June 19, 2015. Archived November 16, 2015. URL

  16. Institute of Economic Affairs,” Tobacco Tactics. Archived September 29, 2015.

  17. Health groups dismayed by news 'big tobacco' funded rightwing thinktanks.” The Observer, June 1, 2013. Archived September 29, 2015. URL

  18. The Big Global Warming Debate: Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate,” Institute of Economic Affairs, September 5, 2011. Archived November 18, 2015. URL

  19. The Copenhagen Summit: Do Science and Economics Support Government Action on Climate Change? Institute of Economic Affairs. November 23, 2009. Archived November 18, 2015. URL

  20. “Climate Change Policy: Challenging the Activists” (PDF), The Institute of Economic Affairs, 2008. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.

  21. Russell Lewis. Global Warming False Alarms,” Institute of Economic Affairs, March 6, 2007. Archived October 6, 2015.

  22. Contact Us,” Institute of Economic Affairs. Archived June 25, 2016. URL

  23. Rebecca Lowe: Introducing FREER. For social and economic freedom. And why I’m a part of it,” ConservativeHome, March 19, 2018. Archived March 22, 2018. URL:

  24. Objective,” FREER. Accessed March 22, 2018. URL:

  25. Rightwing UK thinktank 'offered ministerial access' to potential US donors,” The Guardian, July 29, 2018. Archived July 29, 2018. URL:

  26. Lawrence Carter and Alice Ross. “A leading think tank brokered access to ministers for US donors looking to influence Brexit,” Unearthed, July 29, 2018. Archived Feb 1, 2019. URL

  27. Kate Andrews. “Of course we must protect the planet, but not by taking Britain back to the dark ages,” City A.M., May 3, 2019. Archived May 3, 2019. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

  28. Julian Morris. “Climate Change: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom,” Institute of Economic Affairs, December 1, 1997. Archived May 3, 2019. URL:

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