Blogs&Reviews

  • A world with central bank digital currencies

    Tommaso Mancini-Griffoli, Maria Soledad Martinez Peria, Itai Agur, Anil Ari, John Kiff, Adina Popescu, Céline Rochon, Zoltan Jakab, 15 February 2019

    In this post, a group of IMF economists examine why central banks might consider issuing digitial currency, and how households and firms might adapt.

  • In this post, Ashoka Mody documents the costs of ECB timidity, which, he argues, arises from the political limits on its actions.

  • Hard Brexit ahead: Breaking the deadlock and restarting customs cooperation in Europe

    Gabriel Felbermayr, Clemens Fuest, Hans Gersbach, Albrecht Ritschl, Marcel Thum, Martin Braml, 07 February 2019

    The authors of this post argue that while the deadlock in the Brexit negotiations can be broken by tweaking the time limits of the Withdrawal Agreement and at the same time abandoning the backstop, a more viable long-term solution is a European Customs Association where Britain has active membership and a full vote alongside the EU member states.

  • A new expert survey on bank capital requirements

    Gene Ambrocio, Iftekhar Hasan, Esa Jokivuolle, Kim Ristolainen, 06 February 2019

    Capital requirements for banks have been raised considerably since the Global Crisis, but the optimal level and form of such requirements are still much debated. In this post, researchers from the Bank of Finland introduce a new survey of academic experts that will focus on the question of how much capital banks should hold.

Other Recent Blogs&Reviews:

  • Simon Wren-Lewis, 16 January 2019

    Simon Wren-Lewis argues that a softer version Brexit would have been unlikely to pass a vote in parliament, and proposes a way forward that could get us out of our current impasse.

  • Diane Coyle, 16 January 2019

    Diane Coyle picks out some of the economics books due out in the first part of the year.

  • Jeffrey Frankel, 10 January 2019

    Jeffrey Frankel gives his replies to five questions about the international economic outlook posed by the leading Korean newspaper, Chosun Ilbo.

  • Diane Coyle, 09 January 2019

    Diane Coyle reviews Eric Klinenberg's latest book, a hymn of praise to libraries in particular but also all the other components of ‘social infrastructure’.

  • Jeffrey Frankel, 08 January 2019

    Jeffrey Frankel runs through six predictions that appear to have been mostly proven right in 2018.

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