Economic Freedom Summit

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What makes countries and citizens prosper? How can we ensure economic growth, without living at the expense of future generations? What are the …

Every promise is debt

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Every euro of new debt today is a euro that is going to be paid by Italians through higher taxation, tomorrow. Until 4 March …

How to reform a broken taxi market?

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High prices, long waiting times, dirty money and drivers at risk of being subjected to violence. These are some of the problems that have …

Poland on Orbán’s Lap

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It is Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán who is to defend the Law and Justice (PiS) government against the consequences of violations of the …

Brexit as it might have been

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I recently had the opportunity to take a look into a parallel universe, because [insert clever-sounding, scientifically pseudo-literate explanation here]. It was identical to …

Statutory regulation vs private regulation

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The EU’s second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) came into force earlier this month. According to the European Securities and Markets Authority …

Super Index 2017

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According the latest IBL Super Index, Italy is the sick man of Europe. Despite relatively rosy macroeconomic projections for the whole EU, the gap …

INNOV8 2017

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21 November
INNOV8 is a conference for EU-decision makers, innovative companies, and start-ups to meet and explore ways how Europe can become the leading …

Growing Strength of Populists

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For the second time, the Swedish think tank Timbro has presented its “Authoritarian Populism Index”. The index “aims to shed light on whether populism …

Who's afraid of free trade?

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Two reports published in the last few days have advocated the benefits of free trade. You might have expected them to be well received …

Who’s afraid of free trade?

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Two reports published in the last few days have advocated the benefits of free trade. You might have expected them to be well received …

Trump & Trade

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7th September 2017
Senator Chris Steineger, Kansas State Senator will be hosted by Christofer Fjellner MEP to discuss US-EU relations under a Trump Presidency. …

Sweden and its inconsistent alcohol laws

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On 29 June, EPICENTER’s Swedish partner, Timbro, published a report examining alcohol laws in Sweden. Within the Swedish political arena, alcohol consumption has always …

Cyber Security: What’s next?

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In a world where the rapid development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) permeates every aspect of our daily life, the threat of cyber-attacks …

A Helvetic Idea of Freedom

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«Instead of conceding itself to a large sovereign decision-maker, Switzerland has preferred to remain a free international negotiator» argues Dr Carlo Lottieri, Director at …

Germany’s battle against fake news

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The German elections are just around the corner and a new anti-fake news bill, Netwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz (NetzDG), was passed by the Bundestag on 30 June …

Populism Index 2017

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Auktoritär populism har övertagit liberalismens plats som den tredje ideologiska kraften i europeisk politik.
Väljarstödet för populistiska partier ligger kvar på rekordhöga nivåer men …

Spanish Tax Freedom Day

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In 2017, the average Spaniard will have worked 178 days in order to fulfill their tax obligations. In other words, Tax Freedom Day, calculated …

Superindex

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According to the latest IBL Super Index, the degree of internal divergence within Eurozone countries keeps increasing. This means that the gap between Eurozone …

Global Value Chains and EU trade policy

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Earlier this year, the EU’s Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström spoke in Brussels about the various challenges facing EU trade policy in 2017. Talking Trump, …

Is the EU growing or getting fat?

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By maintaining the imbalances of the decade of excess we are missing the opportunity to prepare for the future. The economic sentiment index in the Eurozone …

Nanny State Index

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The EPICENTER Nanny State Index is the only comprehensive league table of lifestyle regulations. The latest data suggest that the EU is becoming a …

EU-Australia Free Trade Deal

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Earlier this month, a phone-call between EU Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malström, and the Australian Trade Minister, Steven Ciobo, concluded a year-long scoping exercise on …

The 2017 Spanish General State Budget

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Last week, EPICENTER’s Spanish partner, CIVISMO, published a report about the Spanish General State Budget.
 
The 2017 General State Budget, presented on April …

Education 4.0

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Current schooling systems are badly equipped to deal with rapid technological innovation and changing work patterns such as the sharing economy and the rise …

Obesity and the Public Purse

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This is the first study to estimate the annual savings that overweight and obese people bring UK taxpayers by dying prematurely (in 2016 prices). …

Brexit: Why time won’t tell

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My track record on Brexit-related predictions has so far been abysmal. I got it wrong at every turn.
 
For a start, I was …

Mercantilist arguments in the Union

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Over the last few years, prominent economists, think tanks and business newspapers have come to the consensus that Germany’s trade surplus is a problem …

Inflation and the ECB: a political problem

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Mario Draghi´s latest comments expressing his support for continuing the European Central Bank´s Quantitative Easing drew much controversy from northern Eurozone countries, especially Germany, …

How immigration makes us richer

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Over the last few years, European politics has been profoundly shaken by the emergence of nationalist and populist parties. The rise of anti-immigration rhetoric, …

Rethinking financial regulation

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Since Donald Trump’s election, US bank stocks have risen around 24 percent. Moreover, UK bank stocks have reached 6-month highs in January, albeit tempered …

Free to Move

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People greatly overestimate the immigrant share of the population and many wrongly believe that openness to migration harms Britons’ job prospects, burdens public finances …

European Superindex

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It has been one year and a half since Professor Nicola Rossi and I started the Superindex at Istituto Bruno Leoni.
 
The Superindex …

The spectre of another lost decade

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On Sunday night, following a shock negative result in a referendum on the constitutional reform he had championed, Matteo Renzi, Italy’s Prime Minister, announced …

Hire Authority

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In recent years, smartphone-enabled applications such as Uber have gone a long way to resolve the market imperfections which gave rise to taxi regulation …

Living on credit

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November 30 marks Credit Day across the European Union. Credit Day is the day when member states’ central administrations exhaust their annual tax revenues …

Last call for TTIP

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is currently in a negotiatory limbo. Even though the European Commission has estimated such an agreement would …

Bruno Leoni Annual Gala Dinner

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Istituto Bruno Leoni celebrated its annual gala dinner earlier this November. These are challenging times for free-market ideas. However, taking a long-term view, the …

Give the people what they want

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In a previous post, entitled “The changing narrative of the Euro crisis”, Diego Zuluaga argued that, while Eurozone reform was justified, European policymakers “should …

Tariffs & domestic consumers

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Repeat after me: tariffs primarily hurt domestic consumers – not foreign exporters
 
Tariffs primarily hurt the consumers of the country imposing them on …

Ageing Europe: A Mixed Blessing

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Pension Systems and Politicians’ Temptations
 
It is common knowledge that Europeans are in their best physical shape ever. On average, in the European …

Innovation in Agriculture

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The Common Agricultural Policy
Population growth, natural resource scarcity and climate change will challenge agriculture to deliver food security in the coming decades. Innovative …

Ploughing the Wrong Furrow

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The precautionary principle provides non-farming interest groups with a pseudo-official means of influencing policy. The result is a drift towards overregulation and regulatory failures …

INNOV8 Conference

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18th October 2016
INNOV8, our conference about innovation in various fields from science & tech to agriculture, took place in Brussels and provided a …

The changing narrative of the euro crisis

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Diego Zuluaga // 05.10.2016
When the eurozone debt crisis broke out in late 2009, there was considerable agreement among policymakers that budgetary prudence and …

The fight of a generation – literally

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Diego Zuluaga // 21.09.2016
 
Economic debates are often presented as a contest between two opposing interest groups. Marxian socialism pitted capital against labour. …

Europe’s demographic timebomb

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Philip Booth // 16.09.2016
This article is based on a presentation Prof Booth gave at the Autumn University of the Alliance of European Conservatives …

Death by infrastructure spending

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Diego Zuluaga // 13.09.2016
 
Infrastructure investment is often presented by policymakers as a silver bullet in times of recession or sluggish growth. Public …

Help! Keynes is back!

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Nathalie Janson // 19.07.2016
 
Since early 2016, with the return of market turbulence and uncertainty over global growth, discreet calls for expansionary monetary …

Freedom prevails in Spain, for now

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Diego Sanchez de la Cruz // 27.06.2016
Spain’s center-right has clearly advanced its electoral position with last Sunday’s General Election. Polls predicted a good …

Blazing Trails in a Post-Brexit Europe

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Diego Zuluaga // 22.06.2016
Tomorrow, the British electorate will decide on a question which, more than any other, has divided voters and the political …

The IMF gets it wrong on 'neoliberalism'

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Diego Zuluaga // 03.06.2016
An article from the IMF’s magazine, entitled ‘Neoliberalism: Oversold?’, has been making the rounds on social media. This is not …

Flat tax and income inequality

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Zilvinas Silenas // 01.06.2016
Piketty’s publication has reignited the debate over taxation. Proponents of higher taxation seized the opportunity to increase taxes. Even some …

The Swedish Gender Equality Paradox

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Karin Svanborg Sjövall and Nima Sanandaji // 19.05.2016
The Swedish gender equality discussion is characterized by a remarkable paradox. While Sweden, along with the …

Pricking the balloon on Eurozone deflation

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Diego Zuluaga // 18.05.2016
As growth rates in the Eurozone gather steam, policymakers’ concerns are increasingly shifting to low inflation. According to Eurostat, consumer …

TTIP: a pre-mortem

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11 May 2016
To say that negotiations for an EU-U.S. trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), have lost momentum since they …

TTIP: a pre-mortem

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Diego Zuluaga // 11.05.2016
To say that negotiations for an EU-U.S. trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), have lost momentum since …

Austerity: A User’s Manual

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Paolo Belardinelli // 29.03.2016
The mayhem in financial markets we have observed in the last few months gave renewed prominence to the issue of …

Hayek would have voted to remain

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Diego Zuluaga // 17.03.2016
To conjecture what Hayek’s stance might have been on Britain’s EU referendum and the current state of the European project …

How Italy is doing, without the romance

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Giacomo Lev Mannheimer // 03.02.2016
The founder of Public Choice theory, Nobel Laureate James Buchanan, called it “politics without romance”. Buchanan wanted to show …

The French State of Emergency

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Greta Gietz // 28.01.2016
With the migrant crisis preoccupying Europe’s media and public debates, France’s “economic and social emergency” is easily forgotten.
France reported …

Portugal at the crossroads

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André Azevedo Alves // 18.11.2015
The Portuguese parliamentary election that took place on 4th October delivered a result that very few would have anticipated …

EPICENTER at 1

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Diego Zuluaga // 16.10.15
This week marks the first anniversary of EPICENTER. On 14th and 15th October 2014 we launched this initiative in Brussels …

Think economic conference2

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Think economic conference

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Think economic conference2

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Think economic conference

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"Unbundling" search engines

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26 November 2014
 
Given the lack of evidence of anti-competitive behaviour in the search engine market, action by the European Commission is unjustified. …

“Unbundling” search engines

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26 November 2014
 
Given the lack of evidence of anti-competitive behaviour in the search engine market, action by the European Commission is unjustified. …

Taxation and the Digital Economy

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Massimiliano Trovato, October 2014
 
It is widely acknowledged that Europe lags behind when it comes to digital entrepreneurship. The largest players in the …

The energy bubble

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Julio Pomes, Civismo, March 2014
 
It is regrettable that, as the United States achieves energy independence, Europe still lacks a strategy to …

Enemies of Free Trade

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Francisco Cabrillo, Civismo, February 2014
 
The combination of ideological prejudice and direct economic interests may yet do a great deal of harm …

The Shadow Economy

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Friedrich Schneider and Colin Williams, IEA, June 2013
 
Measurement of the shadow economy is notoriously difficult as it requires estimation of economic …