Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal issues

IREF Europe - Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal issues

Fiscal competition
and economic freedom


Regulatory Capture in European Evidence-Based Policy Making

Regulatory Capture in European Evidence-Based Policy Making

The Search for a New Risk-Free Rate

The Search for a New Risk-Free Rate


Taxing the web economy

Taxing the web economy

Why it's Time to Scrap the CAP

Why it’s Time to Scrap the CAP


And Yet It Grows. Crisis, Ideology, and Interventionist Policy Ratchets

And Yet It Grows. Crisis, Ideology, and Interventionist Policy Ratchets

by Christian Bjørnskov and Martin Rode

Party Conferences in UK

Party Conferences in UK


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Merkel wins her fourth term in Germany; will this help drive banking union or will nationalist political parties manage to oppose it?

Merkel wins her fourth term in Germany; will this help drive banking union or will nationalist political parties manage to oppose it?Although there never seemed much doubt that Mrs. Merkel would be elected for a fourth term as Chancellor of Germany on September 23rd, it is not clear whether she will be strong enough to help the EU authorities push through banking union before any pro-nationalist political parties gain real (...)

The political economy of state-owned lotteries
by Alexander Fink

WP 2017-04. Executive summary.
In many countries around the world, lottery services are provided by government-owned firms that are equipped with (regional) monopoly privileges. The official argument for lottery monopolies by state-owned firms as, for instance, in Germany regularly point to (...)

Artificial Intelligence and Technological Unemployment

Artificial Intelligence and Technological UnemploymentSignificant worry has arisen recently over the potential of rapidly developing Artificial Intelligence technologies to automate large sectors of the workforce. As the EU currently advances with the development of a Civil Law framework for robotics, a general unease over the impacts of (...)

Democracy: Impossible without economic freedom

Democracy: Impossible without economic freedomUntil the 1970s, Venezuela was regarded as a relatively well functioning democracy with relatively well-developed market economy. For decades, Venezuela took the top spot in Latin America regarding wealth. Today the country is governed by a dictator and is on the brink of economic collapse. How (...)

Ten Years from the onset of the Great Financial Crisis. What has been reformed?

Ten Years from the onset of the Great Financial Crisis. What has been reformed?Ten years on from the late summer collapse of first Paribas’ money market funds and then the failure of the UK’s Northern Rock bank, the media have published a raft of reviews reflecting on the past decade of banking reforms.
Central bankers were quick to use the anniversary to make grand (...)

The case of Fincantieri and STX

The case of Fincantieri and STXFrench Europeanism
In April, the European establishment and business communities welcomed the election of Emmanuel Macron as President of the French Republic. The election was interpreted as a positive sign for the future of an integrated and liberal EU. Indeed, in his electoral campaign the (...)

The need for the pension privatisation

The need for the pension privatisationThe purpose of the state pension regime in the UK is to ensure a basic pension to those who have paid reasonable contributions (via national insurance taxation) during their work life. It is essentially a system that attempts to ensure a subsistence income after retirement. The regime is an (...)

Trade and Consumer Preferences will lead to a Greener Environment

Trade and Consumer Preferences will lead to a Greener EnvironmentBy prioritising Paris commitments, while ignoring the more practical concerns of freer energy trade, the EU has put politics over economics. The current phrasing of the Renewable Energy Directive punishes states not party to Paris. Consequently, it will make trade with the United States more (...)

Rockets and Feathers in the UK Energy Market: Cartel or Competition?

Rockets and Feathers in the UK Energy Market: Cartel or Competition?In many markets, there is a common phenomenon that, for a given change in costs, prices tend to rise more quickly when costs increase than they fall when costs decrease. As evident in some recent price rises in the UK energy market, this "rockets and feathers" pricing pattern is often claimed (...)

A new European path towards globalization?

A new European path towards globalization?The recent EU-Japan free trade agreement will bring significant economic benefits to the EU. More importantly, the Agreement also indicates a change in the EU’s stance toward globalization and trade partnerships. While relationships with historic trade partners (the US and the UK) appear to be (...)

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