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.

Other Recent Blogs&Reviews:

  • Richard Baldwin, 27 November 2018

    In this second in a five-post series, Richard Baldwin looks at the ‘humanisation of the globe’ as the human race spread out of Africa.

  • Branko Milanovic, 26 November 2018

    In this post, Branko Milanovic explains why he considers Nassim Taleb to be one of the most important thinkers today.

  • Richard Baldwin, 23 November 2018

    In this first of five posts looking at the long history of globalisation, Richard Baldwin explains how there have been four phases of globalisation in human history.

  • Branko Milanovic, 20 November 2018

    Branko Milanovic discusses apparently paradoxical developments over the past 25 years: on the one hand, strongly rising global median income and the shrinkage of global inequality; and on the other hand, the rising share of the global top 1% and increasing number of people in relative poverty.

  • Diane Coyle, 19 November 2018

    Diane Coyle learns from Martin Rees's "On the Future: Prospects for Humanity" that the risk of a large asteroid causing mass extinction is one of the lesser worries about our future. Other existential risks have a higher probability with the same mass death/end of civilisation impact.

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