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Fiscal competition
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IREF Newsletter

The BIS Takes Aim At Cryptocurrencies:
Do They Understand The Economics Of Cool?

The BIS Takes Aim At Cryptocurrencies:To help understand the genuinely transformative business technology of blockchain in the context of cryptocurrency hype, Wharton professor David Werbach encourages the distinction to be drawn between three frequently confused concepts:
1. Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, which are simply (...)

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

Hospital Budget Constraint(s) and Patients’ Mobility: Evidence from Lombardy
by Paolo Berta, Carla Guerriero, and Rosella Levaggi

Hospital Budget Constraint(s) and Patients' Mobility: Evidence from LombardyWP 2018-06. Executive Summary.

Online Articles

The Economic Illiteracy of the Google Antitrust Case

The Economic Illiteracy of the Google Antitrust CaseThe European Commission handed Google a record-breaking €4.3 billion fine and demanded major changes to its business model over alleged competition abuses on its Android mobile operating system. The Competition Commission claimed Google was abusing manufacturers to “cement its dominant position” (...)

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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