Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal issues

IREF Europe - Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal issues

Fiscal competition
and economic freedom


Education

New Guidelines on Snacking: Another Unnecessary Interference

New Guidelines on Snacking: Another Unnecessary Interference

Artificial Intelligence and Technological Unemployment

Artificial Intelligence and Technological Unemployment


What is the future of the Northern Powerhouse?

What is the future of the Northern Powerhouse?

Education policy and Competitiveness: Secondary School Reform in UK

Education policy and Competitiveness: Secondary School Reform in UK


Reform in the market for Higher Education in England

Reform in the market for Higher Education in England

A critical time for the NHS

A critical time for the NHS


Latest publications

Are European Elections Bad for Democracy?
Where have all the voters gone....

Are European Elections Bad for Democracy?“Nothing to see here, move on.” So goes the “apology” for low turnout rates in European elections as penned by many European analysts and commentators. “The US have them just as low at mid-term elections, so why worry?” Closer analysis of individual country data by the IREF, however, reveals that the (...)

Freedom of Education and Students’ Assessments

Freedom of Education and Students' Assessments The more freedom, the better the assessments ! That are the global conclusions of Sylvain Charat, Ph.D when comparing the European data base on school systems Eurydice and the OECD Pisa assessment data base.
The freedom of education is measured on 4 main points for each school: the financial (...)

The IREF in The Economist

The IREF in The EconomistNicolas Lecaussin was quoted by The Economist (July 6th - Juy12th, 2013) about a report written with Lucas Léger on French high school economic textbooks. "The IREF study last year" said the Economist, "showed that, in one tome’s 382 pages, only 18 were devoted to business. "Entrepreneurs and (...)

School Choice Success in the US

School Choice Success in the USThe Friedman Foundation has published a report about the 22 American States that enforce school choice thanks to vouchers. Children’s work is better, teaching’s quality has improved and the overall cost of the school system is cheaper which is a benefit to low-income (...)

Professional Training Reform: A New Financial System

Professional Training Reform: A New Financial SystemThe “Personal Professional Training Account” is one of the most interesting measures taken in the reform of the professional training sector announced by President François Hollande on March 4th in Blois, France. It is the first time that the “voucher principle” would be applied for the use of (...)

A market for education: IREF study looks at the Swedish experience

A market for education: IREF study looks at the Swedish experienceThe Swedish education market is one of the freest of the world. As such, it is one of the most interesting to study. Authored by Jacob Arfwedson, the IREF report “Vouchers and Free Schools: the Swedish Experience” provides striking insights into the dynamics of a budding free market in (...)

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