Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal issues

IREF Europe - Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal issues

Fiscal competition
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Translated by Anna-Maria Kohnke

Articles by this author (6) :

Mass Unemployment and Skilled Labour Shortage?

Mass Unemployment and Skilled Labour Shortage?Germany’s labour market is buzzing. The unemployment rate is currently close to 5%. Althoughthe business cycle could cool down in the near future, the trend is not expected to reverse course in the coming years. In the long run, however, pessimism dominates. As automation intensifies, many (...)

The Skilled Immigration Act: A Missed Opportunity

The Skilled Immigration Act: A Missed OpportunityFor several decades, labour market experts and economists have been advocating what now seems to become real: in 2020, Germany’s new immigration act will come into effect. The ‘Skilled Immigration Act’ is supposed to make immigration of qualified, non-EU citizens significantly easier. In the (...)

High Standards: Curse or Blessing?

High Standards: Curse or Blessing?Over the last few decades, our living standards have improved significantly. Today, cars are technologically sophisticated, apartments are comfortable, and pharmaceuticals are safer. The working of the markets has enhanced technological progress. Yet, technology does not progress linearly. (...)

STEM Popularity in Germany – A Reason for Optimism

STEM Popularity in Germany – A Reason for OptimismGerman chancellor Angela Merkel recently expressed concerns over Germany’s and Europe’s technological competitiveness. Others voiced doubts about Germany’s tech future, too. One of the reasons mentioned more frequently to justify this pessimism is the shortage of skilled labour. As a result, calls (...)

Vehicle-Specific CO2 Emission Caps: An Outdated Policy Tool

Vehicle-Specific CO2 Emission Caps: An Outdated Policy ToolCO2 emission limits and targets are currently all over the news. For example, the European Union is gradually strengthening the environmental standards for new vehicles, with a view to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2050. These emission targets, however, could be reached more (...)

Representation in Democracies: Unequal and Unfair?

Representation in Democracies: Unequal and Unfair? In light of increasing income inequality and wealth inequality in many Western democracies, some social scientists believe that democracy is in jeopardy. Do the rich have a disproportionally high influence on political decisions – in contrast with the ideal of equal representation of all voters? (...)

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