Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal issues

IREF Europe - Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal issues

Fiscal competition
and economic freedom

Zero-sum Thinking: Disadvantageous, but gaining Ground


by Niclas Berggren and Christian Bjørnskov

Stress Tests don’t work

Inflation To Rise – We expect UK, ECB and US Policy to Diverge

The European energy market and the agreement with Gazprom

The complex puzzle of the EU trade policy in an emerging new global scenario

Latest publications

January’17 Financial and Banking Features Newsletter

Central Banks Pray for Electoral “Shocks”. Forced to Nationalise Monte dei Paschi, Italy Looks in Trouble, but Cleverly Plays its Sicilian Defence.
Central Banking
How will Central Banks cope with 2017 shocks? Perhaps new rules, one-off solutions, doubtless lots more QE. Populism will (...)

Tensions between EU and US multinationals: just a matter of antitrust regulation?

A radical change is gradually emerging in the attitude of the European Union towards multinational hi-tech giants. On the one hand, the new approach may be explained by the fact that European politicians have recently become more aware of the public policy implications of new technologies. On (...)

Seen and not seen: ECB Monetary Policy and Zombie Firms

When interest rates on government bonds of struggling countries in the Eurozone rose heavily, up to the summer of 2012, ECB president Mario Draghi announced on 26. July 2012 that “the ECB is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro.” It was the birth of the not yet used OMT program (...)

December’16 Financial and Banking Features Newsletter

The Eventual Impact of Rising Bond Yields. Further Cracks Appearing in the ‘Global Consensus’ of Bank Supervision.
Central Banking
Global Bond Market Yields are Rising
The ECB’s recently announced 6 month extension of its QE programme reminds us that the speed at which the programme will (...)

The chances of a successful recovery in Spain

At the beginning of 2008, Spain experienced an unprecedented bust in the housing market. The bust triggered a banking crisis and a recession. Moreover, Spain has dealt recently with political instability. The results of December 2015 and June 2016 election were inconclusive and only in October (...)

Education policy and Competitiveness: Secondary School Reform in UK

In the last few weeks the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has revealed plans to reform the UK secondary education. Her proposition sees the reintroduction of the Grammar Schools model - ruled out in 1965 – among the poll of choices for secondary schooling in UK. Beyond this decision lays (...)

The collateral effects of political integration on credit growth in the new member states of the EU
Andreas Hoffmann

We are excited to report that the IREF paper "The collateral effects of political integration on credit growth in the new member states of the EU" by Andreas Hoffmann has been recently published in Economic Systems.
Since 2009, low interest rates have been associated with (...)

Roam like at home! Or Not?

The creation of a European Digital Single Market is moving forward, but the risk of regulatory capture is significant and it is undermining the success of the project.
The reduction of roaming costs Consistent with the EU strategy of creating a Digital Single Market, the abolition of (...)

November’16 Financial and Banking Features Newsletter

The European Banking Can Nears the End of the Road
“The key thing to know about Lehman Brothers is that it did not cause the financial crisis, it revealed the financial crisis”
Central Banking
The Credibility of Central Banks is Irreparably Damaged. Critics of Policy Grow as More (...)

Speculation: Beneficial to the Market Economy

Speculation: Beneficial to the Market Economy
Speculators are currently not very popular. For the globalisation sceptics from Attac speculation is to be blamed for high food prices and famines in third world countries. The German Minister for Economic Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel accuses the (...)

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