Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal issues

IREF Europe - Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal issues

Fiscal competition
and economic freedom


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The Faults In The Macron System: Wind Turbines At The LA Consulate

The Faults In The Macron System: Wind Turbines At The LA Consulate

Would De-Growth Make Us Happier?

Would De-Growth Make Us Happier?


Hospital Budget Constraint(s) and Patients' Mobility: Evidence from Lombardy

Hospital Budget Constraint(s) and Patients’ Mobility: Evidence from Lombardy

by Paolo Berta, Carla Guerriero, and Rosella Levaggi

The High Cost of GDPR is Already Apparent

The High Cost of GDPR is Already Apparent


Social Responsibility: Compulsory Voluntarism?

Social Responsibility: Compulsory Voluntarism?

How Long is Long-Term Persistence?

How Long is Long-Term Persistence?


Latest publications

Karl Marx? I Knew Him Well...

Karl Marx? I Knew Him Well...On this 5th of May, the author of the Capital would have blown his 200 candles. Embittered by the communism theorist’s admirers, Nicolas Lecaussin explains how his idea was contradicted by facts.
A Romanian who became French, Bogdan Călinescu lived his adolescence under Ceaușescu’s dictatorship. (...)

Aging Populations and the Size of Government
by Ryan H. Murphy and Meg Tuszynski

Aging Populations and the Size of GovernmentWP 2018-04. Executive Summary.

Populinomics Italian Style

Populinomics Italian StyleAfter some months of amazing promises made by politicians pledging whatever might have warranted to them a parliamentary seat, the judgement day has finally come, as Italy’s general elections were held on March the 4th. Apparently, something like a tsunami materialised. In reality - however (...)

An Appraisal of Sovereign Bond-Backed Securities

An Appraisal of Sovereign Bond-Backed SecuritiesDespite the widely held view that the European sovereign debt crisis, and the euro itself, have been stabilized, we are not alone in the opinion that the deep problems not only remain but have probably been exacerbated by the ECB’s actions. Far from being addressed, these problems have only (...)

What’s Wrong With | increasing budget for EU Parliamentary assistants

What's Wrong With | increasing budget for EU Parliamentary assistants European Parliament has just voted to increase the budget each MEP can spend on their assistants. This can hardly be justified. Worse, it can increase the deluge of new regulations.

What’s Wrong With | Greek death tax uncharitable to foreigners
Greek death tax uncharitable to foreigners

What's Wrong With | Greek death tax uncharitable to foreignersSay you want to pass your wealth to others after you die, since you cannot take it with you. If you pass it to friends and family, many (18) EU governments will take a hefty portion of it in inheritance tax. If you pass it to a charity, most governments won’t charge you tax. If you pass it to a (...)

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