Flexicurity in the XXI. century

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As the world is undergoing a third industrial revolution with the field of computer science rapidly expanding, one aspect of the labour …

Offshore bet

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The popular account of offshore financial centres as hotbeds of tax evasion is an outdated caricature that bears little resemblance to how OFCs operate.

What have the Swiss ever done for us?

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This article was first published under the title “Danke, Schweiz” in the Basler Zeitung, a Swiss daily newspaper. Translation by the author.
Classical liberal …

Robocalypse Now?

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It is claimed that robots, algorithms and artificial intelligence are going to destroy jobs on an unprecedented scale. These developments, unlike past bouts of technical …

Economic Freedom Summit

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11-12 April 2018
What makes countries and citizens prosper? How can we ensure economic growth, without living at the expense of future generations? What …

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 …