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Greeks have the safest jobs in the euro area

by Alexander Fink    27 January 2015    0

The Greeks have voted and the left-wing Syriza emerged as the clear winner. There will now follow intensive discussions about Greek reforms and the relationship between Greece and the rest of the world. The labour market is one of the core battlegrounds in Greece. It is very difficult for the (...)


Freedom helps: especially in times of crisis

by Alexander Fink    15 January 2015    0

For several weeks Greece has been, once again, at the centre of European economic policy. Grexit, Greece’s withdrawal from the Eurozone, is being debated again, in light of the forthcoming Greek election of 25 January. Proponents point to the opportunity after such withdrawal for a massive (...)


Fiscal health means more than current government debt

by Alexander Fink, Kevin Spur    2 March 2015    0

The Greek bankruptcy of 2010 was the latest impetus for reviving the debate on robustness of governments’ budgets in the Eurozone. It became clear that in order to assess the long-term fiscal health, it is not enough to look at the much used public debt-to-GDP ratio. Additional indicators need (...)


Low labour taxes – less unemployment

by Alexander Fink, Benjamin Buchwald    7 May 2015    0

An age-old phenomenon: Some unemployment exists and politicians want to fight it by creating conditions for new jobs. The usual recipe involves expanding government spending and investment programs. Figures for OECD countries show that places with low taxation of labour tend to exhibit low (...)


Germany: the highest income equality among large rich economies

by Alexander Fink, Kevin Spur    30 September 2015    0

Germany Income per capita is not only high in Germany, it is also relatively equally distributed in the population. OECD data indicate that only a few small countries have income both higher and more equally distributed than Germany. In other large European countries like France, UK, Italy or (...)


Policy Paper: Asylum migration and barriers to labour market entry

by Alexander Fink, Kalle Kappner    17 December 2015    0

A successful integration of asylum migrants arriving in Europe will largely depend on their success on the European labour arket. In a new Policy Paper we investigate the labour market barriers faced by asylum migrants in Germany, France and the UK. We recommend a full elimination of barriers (...)


Growth of the World Population: Good News for Humans and the Planet

by Alexander Fink, Fabian Kurz    6 September 2018    0

The extent of the climate change is significantly affected by the size of the world population. A larger population increases the use of resources and more greenhouse gases are emitted. It is usually assumed the world population will continue to grow at the same pace as in the recent past. In (...)


Mandatory Year of Service: Coerced Community?

by Alexander Fink, Kevin Spur, Translation by Anna-Maria Kohnke    23 January 2019    0

“This state is not for free,” said the recently-elected leader of the Christian Democratic Union, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, promoting a mandatory year of service in the military or in the social sector for all 18-25 year-olds. The idea seems well-received among the population: a survey by (...)


Brexit Exposes The Hidden Costs Of Tariffs

by Alexander Fink, Fabian Kurz, Translated by Maria Kaul    20 February 2019    1

The collection of tariffs on imports not only involves direct costs, which is the price of the tariff itself, but also numerous indirect costs. Civil servants, as an example, employed in the collection process add to the overall financial burden. So do the importers hiring employees to do the (...)


Vehicle-Specific CO2 Emission Caps: An Outdated Policy Tool

by Alexander Fink, Fabian Kurz, Translated by Anna-Maria Kohnke    24 April 2019    0

CO2 emission limits and targets are currently all over the news. For example, the European Union is gradually strengthening the environmental standards for new vehicles, with a view to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2050. These emission targets, however, could be reached more (...)


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