Blogs&Reviews

  • The antitrust orthodoxy is blind to real data harms

    Cristina Caffarra, Gregory Crawford, Johnny Ryan, 22 April 2021

    Cristina Caffarra, Gregory Crawford and Johnny Ryan make the case that (lack of) privacy is an (often unobservable) price of using digital platforms, and that (lack of) privacy facilitates mainstream antitrust harms such as exploitation and foreclosure by dominant digital platforms.

  • Rebellion, Rascals, and Revenue: A review

    Shafik Hebous, 07 April 2021

    Shafik Hebous admires how Michael Keen and Joel Slemrod draw out common threads of tax principles and practice that have underlain tax systems for thousands of years to show us why polices were chosen, and why they failed or prevailed.

  • Democracy in Iceland

    Thorvaldur Gylfason, 31 March 2021

    Thorvaldur Gylfason argues that unless Iceland's Parliament confronts the country's oligarchs and respects the will of the people by ratifying the new constitution designed to reverse the retreat of age-old democracy, it risks becoming a failed state.

  • Government spending: Less may be more!

    Roel Beetsma, Ludger Schuknecht, 25 March 2021

    Roel Beetsma and Ludger Schuknecht argue that governments could and should deliver more for their citizens’ money.

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  • Nicolas Véron, 02 July 2018

    In August 2010, Andreas Georgiou, former President of the Hellenic Statistical Authority, was charged with having harmed Greece's national interests. In this post, Nicolas Veron argues that the relentless prosecutions against Georgiou are more than a matter of shameful harassment by Greece – his case also raises disturbing questions about the integrity of European statistical processes.

  • Simon Wren-Lewis, 29 June 2018

    Many businesses in the UK have finally decided to make their concerns over Brexit public. In this post, Simon Wren-Lewis argues that the prospect of a regulation-free post-Brexit UK has little appeal to businesses that trade because what these business want is harmonised regulations - which is essentially what the EU does. 

  • Gabriel Felbermayr, Jens Südekum, 28 June 2018

    Whether economists like it or not, the world has to deal with President Trump’s interpretation of the US's trade deficit. In this post, Gabriel Felbermayr and Jens Suedekum look at the numbers behind the deficit and assess the bargaining position of the EU if the trade conflict were to escalate.

  • Jeffrey Frankel, 27 June 2018

    One sometimes hears that the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration are a complete departure from historical Republican orthodoxy. In this post, Jeffrey Frankel argues that while in recent decades Republican politicians have tended towards free-trade philosophy more than their Democratic counterparts, during most of the first 100 years of its existence, the Republican Party was protectionist in both word and deed. 

  • Simon Wren-Lewis, 27 June 2018

    Last week saw leading lights in the Labour party attack elements of the mass movement of those who want to remain in the EU. In this post, Simon Wren-Lewis argues that picking a fight with some Remainers by suggesting they are, knowingly or not, just an anti-Corbyn front because they attack Labour on Brexit seems to both miss the point and to be terrible politics. He also argues that Labour have little to lose by backing the popular people’s vote against May’s deal as well as voting against that deal.

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