Blogs&Reviews

  • 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.

  • Twitter is free to ban users

    Jan Bouwens, 22 February 2021

    Jan Bouwens discusses the decision by Twitter and other social media platforms to ban President Trump and members of his campaign, and the objections to the bans raised by politicians.

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  • Diane Coyle, 18 June 2018

    Diane Coyle reviews Daniel Cohen’s "The Infinite Desire for Growth", which provides a concise, bird’s-eye view of the many issues that are being debated on economic growth, from the dawn of civilisation to the present and future.

  • Paul De Grauwe, 16 June 2018

    Russia's weight in global geopolitics is much greater than may be implied by its GDP or military spending. Exploring why that may be so, Paul De Grauwe looks at Russia’s nuclear arsenal and its role as a supplier of raw materials, including oil and gas, and argues that Russia is strong because Europe grants it that power.

  • Antonio Fatás, 16 June 2018

    GDP growth rates can be a  misleading indicator of the true performance of different economies. In this post, Antonio Fatas argues that once the effect of an ageing population is removed, Japan has actually performed very well since 1990, while Italy stands out among the largest advanced economies because its performance along all dimensions has been poor since the 1990s.

  • Esa Jokivuolle, 14 June 2018

    An integrated European banking market can be seen as an ultimate objective of Europe’s Banking Union project. Esa Jokivuolle asks whether bank lending should be steered towards more cross-border diversification with the help of capital requirements.

  • Karl Whelan, 14 June 2018

    The past week has been the most fraught yet in the Brexit negotiations, with the ‘Irish backstop’ a key issue. In this post, Karl Whelan argues that rather than being threatened economically, Northern Ireland would gain from the implementation of the EU’s backstop.

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