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Our edited publications

IREF is regularly editing books, reports and academic studies on topics related to taxation and economic policy.

Taxation in Europe - Yearbook 2013
The yearly report on the evolution of European tax systems

A short presentation of IREF ’Yearbook on Taxation in Europe’ Series
Among the many ways to understand the climate of opinion and the culture of a country, looking at its fiscal system is one of the most rewarding. Sure, fiscal systems almost always rhyme with complexity; each system bearing the (...)

IREF’s Bestseller: "Why I am Going To Leave France"
Half of France workforce is living off the State!

After publishing the real figures of the tax exile as part of the IREF research, this book tells the story of these exiles who are leaving not only for tax reasons, but also because they had enough with this France. A country where more than half of the population is living thanks to public (...)

IREF Yearbook on Taxation in Europe 2012

Among the many ways to understand the climate of opinion and the culture of a country, looking at its fiscal system is one of the most rewarding. Of course, tax systems almost always rhyme with complexity, each system bearing the weight of its history. But the attempts to change the system and (...)

Germany: government waste galore

The times when Germany was the symbol of fiscal probity seem far away. The German Taxpayers’ Association (BdSt) publishes each year its "Black Book" providing an overview of government waste which makes Darth Vader look like a choirboy in (...)

EU Energy Policy: Time to Reform

Energy policies are the object of fierce debates due to their important and multidimensional effects. It is in fact one of the major realms of action of the European Union. One of the main goals of current EU policy is known as the three 20s: a 20 per cent hike in energy efficiency, a 20 per (...)

What the Rich are Good For

Advocates of redistribution often reckon that soaking the rich would eliminate poverty. Consider the following: the 10 largest fortunes in France amount to 14 per cent of GDP, or 272 billion euros. If we imagine a one-off redistribution of this wealth to the 8.2 officially poor, the sum awarded (...)

Blue Planet in Green Shackles

What is in danger today - the climate 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 (...)

The Flat Tax

The famous book on the flat tax written by Hall & Rabushka is finally available for the French readers. IREF edited the French version of the book in cooperation with Contribuables Associés.

Finances et libertés locales

The author of this book, Gérard Bramoullé, is deputy mayor in charge of finance for the city of Aix-en-Provence. He is explaining why the local taxes are explosing in France since several years and how the State is preventing decentralisation, rather to promote (...)

Futur des retraites et retraites du futur

This is the first volume of a forthcoming trilogy on social security systems. The authors Jacques Garello and Georges Lane are challenging the current French social security model and are clearly showing that it has no possible (...)

Futur des retraites et retraites du futur

The second volume of the trilogy of Jacques Garello and Georges Lane is analysing the capitalisation social security system.

Futur des retraites et retraites du futur

This is the third volume of the book of Jacques Garello and Georges Lane, edited in French language. The authors are proposing ideas for transition from the "pay as you go" system to capitalisation funds.

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