Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal issues

IREF Europe - Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal issues

Fiscal competition
and economic freedom


Meetings and Seminars

6th June - IREF Workshop in London in cooperation with St. Mary’s University


The next IREF workshop will take place on the 6th of June co-organised and hosted by St. Mary’s University, London, in the Main Campus.
Attendance is free. Please, contact Prof. Enrico Colombatto for further information .
The workshop is scheduled to start at 10am.
The list of speakers and (...)

27th November | IREF Workshop in London
In cooperation with King’s College London

2015 IREF Workshop in Spain
Monetary policies, taxation and entrepreneurship 6 years into the crisis

What is Europe’s Future? Prof. Colombatto to reveal in Dublin


26 February 2015, 6pm, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin. Open to all. Prof. Enrico Colombatto, the Head of Research at IREF, will deliver a lecture on his analysis of the true shortcomings of contemporary Europe, far more important than the eurocrises. Prospects for the future will be (...)

Free Market Road Show


On April 2nd 2014, in Paris, experts will gather to talk about the following topics:
> Centralization vs Decentralization: More Brussels or More Subsidiarity?
> Brain Drain vs. Incentives: Is Regaining Competitiveness The Key To Stop Our Most Talented From Leaving Europe?
> How To Move Forwards (...)

Save The Date! Workshop at AAU in cooperation with IREF


Institut de Recherches Economiques et Fiscales (IREF) in cooperation with Anglo-American University (AAU) is organizing a workshop on topical economic problems

Markets, Morals and Policy-Making: A New Defence of Free‐Market Economics


Event coming up: Enrico Colombatto will intervene at the CISEPS Seminar in defence of free-market, on January 30th, 2014 in Milan. Here is reproduced the abstract of Enrico Colombatto’s talk.

IREF Workshop in Turin - 30 November 2012


We are pleased to announce the organisation of a workshop in Turin, on Friday 30 November 2012. (Download programme)
Hosted by Enrico Colombatto, Professor at the University of Turin and IREF Research Director, the event will take place from 10 am to 4 pm at the School of Economics and (...)

IREF sponsor and partner of the 9th European Resource Bank


The European Resource Bank took place in Brussels (Sept 8-10) giving the opportunity to signal both the free-market movement’s steady growth and persistent opposition to EU encroachment on individual rights and liberties.

Transnational financial regulation: a fix worse than the problem


The global financial crisis engendered panic in politicians worldwide. The reaction of the G20 was to move towards harmonization of financial regulation, particularly through what they regarded as a strengthening of the Basel Accords. Yet the risk was that global regulations threaten to make (...)

New Economics Summer University


The 2012 Summer University of the New Economics (33rd edition) in Aix-en-Provence ended on August 29. Concluding the event provided the opportunity to restate the participants’ firm commitment to the defense of liberty as a tenet of human (...)

The Way Out of The Crisis: More or Less Taxes?


The 6 and 7 of February IREF is organizing two conferences on the topic of tax solutions to go out of the crisis. The French, Italian and Swiss cases will be discussed by Victoria Curzon-Price, Professor at the University of Geneva, Enrico Colombatto, Professor at the University of Torino and (...)

IREF organises a conference on taxation at the University of Rennes, France


IREF is presenting three original academic papers at the conference, related to local taxation and fiscal decentralisation:
Interactions Between Central and Local Governments - J.M. Josselin and Yvon Rocaboy, professors of economics at the University of Rennes (...)

Summer University of the New Economics


Understanding the current crisis to find our way out: post welfare State - this is the topic of the 2011 Summer University in Aix-en-Provence, France.The Summer University of New Economics bring together social scientists, economists, lawyers, philosophers, and historians for three days to (...)

Public Debt


Conference organized by IREF and the French Taxpayers Association Contribuables Associés, November 25, 2010, Paris. For more information about this event click here.

Energy Taxation in the EU


IREF and Liberalni Institut organized an international conference on energy taxation.
The conference took place on Thursday September 30th, 2010 at 4:00 pm at the Congress Hall of the Czech National Bank. The participants discussed the nature and scope of energy taxation in Europe, its (...)

Decrease of public spending - they did it, why don’t we?


This event will be held on 1st of June in Paris. For further information, please donwload the attached file.

Conference on the Flat Tax


For the second time IREF is organizing a conference in Zurich, with the cooperation of the Swiss Liberales Institut. We chose this year to talk about the Flat Tax. We should remind here that the introduction of a flat tax in the European countries is one of our main proposals and in 2009, IREF (...)

Conferences on pensions reform in Nice and Marseille


IREF and Contribuables Associés has organised two conferences on pensions reform in Nice and Marseille. The speakers from Contribuables Associés - Benoîte Taffin and Alain Mathieu shared their point of view on the reform needed in France. Jacques Garello and Georges Lane has presented their (...)

Conference on pensions reform


IREF is organizing two conferences on the topic of pensions reform - the 30th of November in Nice and the 1st of December in Marseille.
Speakers :
Benoîte Taffin , Contribuables Associés
Alain Mathieu , Contribuables Associés
Jacques Garello and Georges Lane - authors of "Futur des (...)

The Flat Tax - the French version of the book by Hall and Rabuschka


In Lyon, Pierre Garello and Jean-Philippe Delsol presented the well-known book by Hall and Rabuschka, translated and edited by IREF. Read more about this book here.

Presentation of Vaclav Kalaus’ book "Blue Planet in Green Shackles"


What is in danger today - the climat or our liberty? The Czech President Vaclav Klaus makes the case that policies being proposed to address global warming are not justified by current science and are, in fact, a dangerous threat to freedom and prosperity around the world. IREF is editing the (...)

Fiscal Competition Today and Tomorrow


IREF and Liberales Institut organised together this conference on fiscal competition. Introduction: Pierre Bessard, Liberales Institut Serge Tabery, IREF
Lecturers: Prof. Lars P. Feld, University of Heidelberg Prof. Hans Geiger, University of Zürich Dr. Konrad Hummler, President of Swiss (...)

Fiscal Competition for an Accountable Government


The Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal Issues (IREF) and the Council on Public Policy jointly hold a symposium on "Fiscal Competition for an Accountable Government" in Berlin on November 9, 2007. Victoria Curzon-Price (University of Geneva), Charles B. Blankart (Humboldt University, (...)

IREF’s 2007 Essay Contest prize winners receive their awards in Prague


The winners of the 2007 IREF Essay Contest, Ms. Julia Toser from Hungary and Mr. Massimiliano Trovato from Italy received their awards on official ceremony in Prague on April 18. The event was part of the Prague Conference on Political Economy (PCPE), organized by the Economics University. The (...)

Conference on Taxation in the European Union


The European Fiscal Mosaic
Speakers:
Pr. Victoria Curzon-Price, University of Geneva
Pierre Bessard, Institut Constant de Rebecque, Switzerland
Me Jean-Philippe Delsol, IREF
Pr. G. Bramoullé, Paul Cézanne University, Aix-en-Provence
The future of fiscal policy in the EU: harmonization, (...)

The winners of the IREF 2006 Essay Contest have been awarded in Prague


Those arguments, as the reader will discover, are not always economic in nature. Indeed, besides exploring the (in)efficiency of wealth taxes (and, in particular, how it affects economic growth), it is essential to discuss its ethical and sociological (...)

IREF Workshop in Prague


The topic of the conference was the relationship between taxation and justice. We had the pleasure to present on this meeting our 2005 Essay Contest’s winners and their work.

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