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IREF Newsletter

Facebook’s Libra; will it test the new ECB chief Christine Lagarde?

Facebook's Libra; will it test the new ECB chief Christine Lagarde?Facebook’s greatest recent challenge has been the fading of its brand. A veritable slew of newer social media platforms are cooler and more trendy than Fb, which now languishes in popular esteem as the social platform of choice for the out of touch greying generations, rather than youngsters. (...)

Policy Paper Series

Taxing corporations: why it is not only bad, but unjust

In recent years the issue of how much taxes corporations pay (and how much they should) has become extremely salient in Western countries. The attention to this issue has been mainly raised by news organizations on the corporate income tax paid by the subsidiaries of some major multinational (...)

Working Paper Series

Taxing Artificial Intelligence
By Julian Arndts and Kalle Kappner

Taxing Artificial IntelligenceWP 2019-05.

Online Articles

The contractual approach to welfare policy design

The contractual approach to welfare policy design«From now on our nation’s answer to this great social challenge will no longer be a never-ending cycle of welfare: it will be the dignity, the power, and the ethic of work. Today we are taking an historic chance to make welfare what it was meant to be: a second chance, not a way of life…The new (...)

Our edited publications

Taxation in Europe - Yearbook 2013
The yearly report on the evolution of European tax systems

Taxation in Europe - Yearbook 2013A short presentation of IREF ’Yearbook on Taxation in Europe’ Series
Among the many ways to understand the climate of opinion and the culture of a country, looking at its fiscal system is one of the most rewarding. Sure, fiscal systems almost always rhyme with complexity; each system bearing the (...)

Books of interest

Capital for the 21st Century

Anti-PikettyThe English translation of “Anti-Piketty”, a collection of essays by renowned international economists and historians, critical of Thomas Piketty’s volume, Capital in the 21st Century has been recently published by Cato.
Should one write a book opposing the ideas of another? It would be (...)

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