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New IREF Working Paper: fair income inequality?

by IREF    27 May 2020    0

According to a recent representative survey conducted by Der Spiegel, a majority in Germany does not consider the country’s income distribution to be fair. 47.3 percent of the respondents consider the income distribution to be „definitely not fair“ and for 27.5 percent it is „rather not fair“. (...)


The contractual approach to welfare state reform

by IREF    29 September 2020    0

WP 2020-04. In the last three decades, the mainstream perspective to welfare policy design has emphasized the role of personal responsibility. The stress on personal responsibility has materialized through an obligation to stay active in the labour market. Benefit claimants are entitled to (...)


Establishing a revolutionary newspaper: transplanting liberalism in a pre-modern society

by IREF    3 October 2020    0

WP 2020-05. In late 1823 two representatives of the London Philhellenic Committee (a Philhellenic group established to support the Greek War of Independence from Ottoman rule) arrived in Missolonghi in Western Greece to administer a loan to the revolutionary Greek government and help the (...)


Libertarian paternalism in policy making: empirical,methodological and philosophical problems

by IREF    4 October 2020    0

WP 2020-06. Nudge theory, according to its founders Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein, is a kind of libertarian paternalism that helps people towards making choices that can improve their health, wealth and lives. The theory relies on the insights of the Heuristics & Biases research (...)


Behavioral Biases: How Markets Can Outperform Paternalism

by IREF    11 November 2020    0

WP 2020-07. Decisions in laboratory experiments often reveal departures from the rational decision maker framework. These findings have been employed to legitimize a paternalistic approach for the government calling for policies that protect citizens from their own behavioral biases. This (...)


The Italian Financial Novel. Finance as Told by Financial Professionals

by IREF    9 January    0

WP 2021-02. The global financial crisis of 2008 and the sovereign debt crisis of 2011 have raised the salience of finance as a subject of public interest among the Italian public. Banking and financial affairs have become a recurring theme in Italian cultural productions, such as novels and (...)


Call for research proposals - guidelines and information

by IREF    15 July    0

IREF is a free-market oriented think tank. It promotes ideas, events, and academic research. With regard to research, IREF supports original projects that lead to the production of papers of academic quality of at least 7,000 words. This support is not a prize to published work, nor is it an (...)


Working Paper on financial novels as a new genre in Italy

by IREF    3 March    0

In a new IREF Working Paper Stefano Adamo of the University of Banja Luka turns to a young genre of Italian literature. Adamo analyzes four novels that revolve around the financial crises of the year 2008 and the government debt crises of the 2010s. What is special is that the authors of the (...)


Offers they can’t refuse: a (negative) assessment of the impact on business and society at-large of the recent fortune of anti-discrimination laws and policies

by IREF    29 July    0

WP 2021-04. The article considers the relationship and balance between freedom of economic initiative and obligations deriving from anti-discrimination laws. After providing a theoretical framework of the problem of the limits to contractual autonomy arising from the horizontal application of (...)


Taxation and Forced Labor: The Two Bodies of the Citizen in Modern Political Theology

by IREF    7 July    0

WP 2021-03. In this article we will show that there is nothing innocent about taxation. We will investigate the various relations of the subject with political authority for the purpose of showing that monetarization of political exploitation did not modify the essence of domination. The (...)


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