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Scott Marcus
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European e-commerce needs better visibility into cross-border delivery prices

Consumers, retail shippers, and European and national regulatory authorities could benefit from enhanced visibility into the price of shipping goods across borders in Europe.

By: J. Scott Marcus and Georgios Petropoulos Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: May 25, 2016
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Marek Dabrowski

Core and periphery: different approaches to unconventional monetary policy

Compared with the ‘core’ of the world economy, emerging markets have limited room for manoeuvre when it comes to applying unconventional monetary policy measures.

By: Marek Dabrowski Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: May 24, 2016
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Uuriintuya Batsaikhan
Pia Hüttl

The benefits and drawbacks of TTIP

What’s at stake: Since the recent leak of documents on TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) negotiations, there has been renewed interest in the trade deal. This blog review looks at studies on the estimated impacts of TTIP on growth, labour markets and social conditions. We also summarise its impact on countries outside the deal, and look at the debates surrounding its counterpart, the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership).

By: Uuriintuya Batsaikhan and Pia Hüttl Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: May 23, 2016
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Pia Hüttl
Silvia Merler

Sovereign bond holdings in the euro area - the impact of QE

Since the announcement of the QE programme by the European Central Bank (ECB) on 22 January 2015, national central banks have been buying government and national agency bonds. In this post we look at the effect of QE on sectoral holdings of government bonds, based on our recently updated dataset.

By: Pia Hüttl and Silvia Merler Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: May 19, 2016
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Grégory Claeys
Alvaro Leandro

Assessing the Juncker Plan after one year

With the Juncker Plan, the European Commission intends to support valuable risky projects by expanding the risk capacity of the EIB. But has the new European Fund for Strategic Investments really been used to finance 'additional' projects?

By: Grégory Claeys and Alvaro Leandro Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: May 17, 2016

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Jérémie Cohen-Setton

Regulation and growth

What’s at stake: A heated debate took place this week on the blogosphere on the link between regulation and growth following an op-ed by John Cochrane claiming the US economy could be five times richer if regulations were scrapped.

By: Jérémie Cohen-Setton Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: May 16, 2016
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Alicia García-Herrero
Guntram B. Wolff

Brazil can learn from Spain: don't delay adjustment

Brazil’s economic crisis has much in common with Spain’s crisis from 2009 – 2012. The IMF and the global community must work together to ensure a stabilisation programme for Brazil before it is too late, as euro-area countries did with Spain. The credibility of policy adjustment is key.

By: Alicia García-Herrero and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: May 11, 2016
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Guntram B. Wolff

European financing for the European refugee crisis

Protecting the EU's external borders is a shared task, which can be most effectively carried out if paid for with common funding. A tax on carbon combined with borrowing could fund refugee policy and also help the EU achieve its climate goals.

By: Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: May 11, 2016
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Christopher Gandrud
Mark Hallerberg
Nicolas Véron

The European Union remains a laggard on banking supervisory transparency

Financial supervisors must provide the public with more information about the European banking sector in order to ensure financial stability. The level of transparency in national supervision of banks has dropped since 2013.

By: Christopher Gandrud, Mark Hallerberg and Nicolas Véron Topic: Finance & Financial Regulation Date: May 10, 2016
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Jérémie Cohen-Setton

The rebellion of globalisation’s losers

What’s at stake: The prevailing narrative for the rise of anti-establishment politicians is that advocates of integration vastly underestimated the plight of globalization’s losers.

By: Jérémie Cohen-Setton Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: May 9, 2016
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Zsolt Darvas
Pia Hüttl

Is Greek public debt unsustainable?

Greek public debt does not look sustainable if the country has to return to market borrowing at the end of the third bail-out programme, but could be sustainable if preferential ESM funding continues in the long-term. Our advice is to offer hope for Greece in the form of delayed fiscal adjustment toward a target of 2.5% of GDP primary balance and adopt various measures to ease the debt burden, for the benefit of both Greece and its official lenders.

By: Zsolt Darvas and Pia Hüttl Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: May 7, 2016
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Simone Tagliapietra

EU must step up energy cooperation with southern Mediterranean countries

Furthering energy cooperation between the EU and countries in the Southern Mediterranean is a challenge, but also a great opportunity. Supporting sustainable energy projects in partner countries could make them more economically stable and help safeguard the EU’s security of gas supply.

By: Simone Tagliapietra Topic: Energy & Climate Date: May 4, 2016
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