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Jakob von Weizsäcker

Jakob von Weizsäcker

Member of the European Parliament

Expertise: Migration, ageing and economic development. CV: Download CV

Jakob von Weizsäcker heads the department for economic policy and tourism at the Thuringian Economics Ministry in Erfurt and is a non-resident fellow at Bruegel where he was resident fellow form 2005 to 2010.

He previously worked at the World Bank in Washington (2002-2005) where he was country economist for Tajikistan and the Federal Economics Ministry in Berlin (2001-2002) where he headed the office of a junior minister. Before that, he worked for Vesta, a venture capital firm, and held research positions at the Center for Economic Studies in Munich and CIRED in Paris.

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Aufbruch in die Euro-Union

Aufbruch in die Euro-Union

Warum ohne mehr Integration weitere Krisen drohen. Elf deutsche Ökonomen, Politologen und Juristen – die Glienicker Gruppe – entwickeln Vorschläge für ein vertieftes Europa

By: Guntram B. Wolff, Daniela Schwarzer, Jakob von Weizsäcker and the Glienicker Group Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: October 18, 2013
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Financial transaction tax: Small is beautiful

Financial transaction tax: Small is beautiful

The case for taxing financial transactions merely to raise more revenues from the financial sector is not particularly strong. Better alternatives to tax the financial sector are likely to be available. However, a tax on financial transactions could be justified in order to limit socially undesirable transactions when more direct means of doing so are […]

By: Zsolt Darvas and Jakob von Weizsäcker Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: January 9, 2012
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Jakob von Weizsäcker
Michael Hüther

Konnen Euro-Bonds den Euro retten?

A version of this op-ed was published in Die Zeit Zwei Okonomen, zwei Meinungen: Jakob von Weizsacker zieht gemeinsame Anleihen der Euro-Lander immer neuen Rettungsschirmen vor. Michael Huther halt dagegen und warnt: Solche Papiere reizen erst recht zum Schuldenmachen Pro Euro-Bonds sind weder Teufelszeug noch Allheilmittel. Aber sie konnten zu einem zentralen Baustein fur die […]

By: Jakob von Weizsäcker and Michael Hüther Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: August 24, 2011
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Das Blue Bond-Konzept und seine Implikationen

Das Blue Bond-Konzept und seine Implikationen

In this paper for Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, the authors elaborate how the  Blue and Red Bonds idea can help to overcome the crisis in the euro area.   This publication is based on the Bruegel policy brief "The Blue Bond proposal" published in May 2010, and on the policy contribution "Eurobonds: The blue bond concept and its […]

By: Jakob von Weizsäcker and Jacques Delpla Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: June 24, 2011
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Policy Contribution

Eurobonds: The blue bond concept and its implications

Eurobonds: The blue bond concept and its implications

The Blue Bond proposal, published in May 2010 (Bruegel Policy Brief 2010/03) suggests that sovereign debt in euro-area countries be split into two parts. The first part, the senior ‘Blue’ tranche of up to 60 percent of GDP, would be pooled among participating countries and jointly and severally guaranteed. The second part, the junior ‘Red’ […]

By: Jakob von Weizsäcker and Jacques Delpla Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: March 21, 2011
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Policy Brief

The Blue Bond Proposal

The Blue Bond Proposal

Soaring debt levels and the crisis in Greece has sharpened the focus on fiscal sustainability among eurozone members. The European Union has to tackle high debt levels in vulnerable states which are compounded by a hike in risk premiums on government bonds leading to a debt trap, while designing ways to efficiently finance debt. Furthermore, […]

By: Jakob von Weizsäcker and Jacques Delpla Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: May 5, 2010
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Think Global Act European II

Think Global Act European II

On 4 March Notre Europe launched the second edition of Think Global Act European. This issue, dedicated to the Spanish, Belgian and Hungarian Trio Presidency, compiles analysis and recommendations from 14 different think tanks on the different issues concerning the changing role of the rotating presidency and the trio themselves. Bruegel has contributed with three […]

By: Jean Pisani-Ferry, Bruno van Pottelsberghe and Jakob von Weizsäcker Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: March 4, 2010
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Policy Contribution

Financial-Transaction Tax: Small Is Beautiful

Financial-Transaction Tax: Small Is Beautiful

Based on their contribution to the European Parliament Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, in this Policy Contribution Resident Fellows Zsolt Darvas and Jakob von Weizsäcker discuss the merits of the much-discussed financial-transaction tax. They argue that the case for taxing financial transactions for the sake of not raising revenue is relatively weak, but a financial-transaction […]

By: Zsolt Darvas and Jakob von Weizsäcker Date: February 8, 2010
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Financial Transaction Tax: Small is Beautiful

Financial Transaction Tax: Small is Beautiful

Resident Fellows Zsolt Darvas and Jakob von Weizsäcker wrote this paper on the pros and cons of a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) following testimony von Weizsäcker gave for the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee of the European Parliament. They argue that a small tax on financial transactions is justifiable in order to limit socially undesirable […]

By: Zsolt Darvas and Jakob von Weizsäcker Topic: Finance & Financial Regulation Date: January 11, 2010
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Policy Brief

A European Exit Strategy

A European Exit Strategy

This Policy Brief was adapted from a paper written by the three authors and presented by Bruegel Director Jean Pisani-Ferry at the informal ECOFIN Council meetings in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 1 Oct. In the brief, the authors argue that bank recapitalisation and restructuring should be a matter of urgency for EU member states and that […]

By: Jürgen von Hagen, Jean Pisani-Ferry and Jakob von Weizsäcker Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: October 14, 2009
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Policy Contribution

Can A Less Boring ECB Remain Accountable?

Can A Less Boring ECB Remain Accountable?

Through Bruegel’s role on the Monetary Experts Panel for the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, Bruegel scholars contributed to the Committee’s Monetary Dialogue with the European Central Bank meeting on 28 September. In this briefing paper for the Panel, Director Jean Pisani-Ferry and Resident Fellow Jakob von Weizsäcker point out that, in the […]

By: Jean Pisani-Ferry and Jakob von Weizsäcker Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: September 27, 2009
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