Blogs&Reviews

  • Competition policy and European firms’ competitiveness

    Massimo Motta, Martin Peitz, 20 February 2019

    Massimo Motta and Martin Peitz ask whether merger control obstructs or promotes European firms’ competitiveness, whether there is room for public policy considerations beyond competition policy goals when dealing with competition-related issues, and what can be done to promote the competitiveness of European firms both within and beyond Europe.

  • 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.

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  • Michael Anson, Norma Cohen, Alastair Owens, Dan Todman, 04 December 2018

    In this post, Michael Anson, Norma Cohen, Alastair Owens and Daniel Todman describe how research analysing the Bank of England's ledgers reveals the startling truth about the failure of the first bond issue of the Great War and the extraordinary role of the Bank in covering and then concealing the shortfall in funds.

  • Richard Baldwin, 03 December 2018

    In this third in a five-post series, Richard Baldwin describes how globalisation played a key role in the Great Divergence, as rapid industrialisation in today’s rich nations sparked modern growth and a historically unprecedented difference between per-person incomes in the global North and South.

  • Steven Brakman, Harry Garretsen, Tristan Kohl, 01 December 2018

    In this post, Steven Brakman, Harry Garretsen, and Tristan Kohl discuss why it woud be good news if President Trump and President Xi were to declare at the G20 meeting in Argentina this weekend that they are becoming friends again.

  • Richard Baldwin, 29 November 2018

    In this post, Richard Baldwin breaks down Phase 2 of globalisation – when the foundations of civilisation were laid  – into three stages: the rise of Asia, the integration of the Eurasian landmass, and the rise of Europe. 

  • Stefano Micossi, Alexandra D'Onofrio, Fabrizia Peirce, 28 November 2018

    Germany's current account surplus is among the largest in the world. In this post, Stefano Micossi, Alexandra D’Onofrio and Fabrizia Peirce identify four features of the German economy that are at the root of its external imbalances, and which may indicate that a substantial correction of those imbalances is hardly in sight.

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