Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal issues

IREF Europe - Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal issues

Fiscal competition
and economic freedom


Kevin Dowd

Articles by this author (9) :

January’14: Confidence Rises and Inflation Stays Low. Is Everything Under Control?

January'14: Confidence Rises and Inflation Stays Low. Is Everything Under Control?The statistics tell us that recession is over. Yet, while this has triggered tapering in the USA, it has also prompted a new of ECB promises to keep interest rates low. In the meantime, EU authorities do not seem how to deal with the world of banking, which is far weaker than meets the (...)

December’13 Newsletter: Growth Is Fragile, But Banks Might Be In Better Shape

December'13 Newsletter: Growth Is Fragile, But Banks Might Be In Better ShapeGDP in the EU area seems to be growing, but at a very slow pace. Although financial market remain sanguine, the real estate sector presents a mixed picture, with bad news coming from heavily indebted countries. While waiting for better news, the authorities are devoting their attention to the (...)

November’14 Newsletter: The 2014 Agenda
Raise Taxation Now And Fix The Banking Problem Later

November'14 Newsletter: The 2014 AgendaMore taxation, more banking supervision, more bail-in than bail-out, more banking malpractice... This month newsletter summarizes the trends that are leading the banking world.

October’14 Newsletter: National Debts Reappear, Old Issues Remain Unsolved

October'14 Newsletter: National Debts Reappear, Old Issues Remain UnsolvedSomething is rotten in the European Union! It looks like a hide and seek game, where countries and banks are playing a very dangerous game for the citizens’ future. Thus, between political instabilities, stealthy defaults, unhealthy and reckless banks and a real estate market that is (...)

September’13 Newsletter: Have We Really Turned The Corner?
The Eurozone Recovery? Is It real?

September'13 Newsletter: Have We Really Turned The Corner?In the two months since we last reported, the media has focussed on the rebound in the EU area, where in the second quarter GDP grew at an annualised rate of 1.1%. The atmosphere has been optimistic, so optimistic, that even the Aug 20 confirmation by Germany’s Finance Minister Schaueble that (...)

June’13 Newsletter: New Members Join The European Union, While Bail-Outs And Banking Regulation Are Questioned

Welcome to the clubs! Why should they join?
The crisis is not over and doubts about the virtues of the EU and the euro abound. It may therefore seem surprising that not only are more countries seeking to join the EU, but also that some are joining the currency union. Croatia accedes on July 1 (...)

May’13 Newsletter: The End of Austerity? Not Quite

The May Newsletter explains the austerity concerns heralded during April, the European Banking Union issue, the coming implementation of the Tobin Tax and the fact that there was no major banking fatalities during the month.

April’13: Bumpy Springtime for the ECB

Bumpy springtime for the ECB: no recovery, another major blunder and more regulation. Times ahead are becoming increasingly hard as more EU countries are in trouble, new regulations are being introduced and banking and sovereign borrowing are (...)

March’13: Austerity, Liquidation and Collapses

This 3rd newsletter, written by Kevin Dowd and Gordon Kerr with Enrico Colombatto, is pointing out the auterity consensus tested as the Irish liquidation of Irish Bank Resolution Company, anayzing also further Collapses, Poor Results and Regulatory Arbitrage in (...)

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