Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal issues
« Fiscal competition and economic freedom »

IREF Europe

Institute and Experts

Our Proposals


Meetings and Seminars

27th November | IREF Workshop in London

In cooperation with King’s College London
Tax Policy in the Real World 4 papers analyzing the reality across the EU Click for Facebook event Click to add event to your Google Calendar

2015 IREF Workshop in Spain

Monetary policies, taxation and entrepreneurship 6 years into the crisis
The 2015 Paper Workshop took place on 19 February 2015, in cooperation with the Rey Juan Carlos University. Over 60 participants took part in the workshop hosted in the pleasant environment of the Madrid university. Here you can find the presented papers as well as pictures and posters from the event.

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 discussed.

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 On Some Key Issues: Money, Healthcare, Pensions Amphithéâtre Cabanel at the Institut National de la (...)

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 Management, Corso Unione Sovietica 218 bis. Four papers will be presented, each followed by Q & A (...)

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 the next crisis truly global in effect. Harmonized regulations actually produce in some countries a (...)

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 dignity.

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 Jean-Philippe Delsol, lawyer specialized in taxation. Closing remarks by Jacques Garello, Professor (...)

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 1.

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 discuss recent developments and put forth tangible proposals without regard to artificial or (...)

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 economic ground and future development. Lecturers were Pierre Garello, Miroslav Zají?ek, Michael Fehn (...)

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 translated and published in French language the well known book on the flat tax from Alvin Rabushka (...)

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 recently published by IREF book on pensions reform "Futur des retraites et retraites du futur" (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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, Berlin), Michael Eilfort (Stiftung Marktwirtschaft, Berlin) and Lars Feld (University of Heidelberg) (...)

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 two essays on the topic of European tax have been published in IREF Monographs (...)

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, flat tax or fiscal federalism Pr. Lars Feld, Professor of Economics, Marburg Univeristy, (...)

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 dimensions.

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.