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Risking their health to pay the bills: 100 million Europeans cannot afford two months without income

May 7, 2020

Nearly 100 million people in 21 EU countries do not have enough savings in their bank accounts to meet two months of basic expenses: food, utilities, rent or mortgage. Those born outside the EU are especially at risk. Government support is thus fundamental to help individuals withstand the COVID-19 crisis.
By:
Catarina Midões
Date: May 7, 2020
Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance

Despite state support, the COVID-19 crisis is wreaking havoc on households’ finances across Europe. Millions of individuals have stopped working or had to substantially reduce their working hours because of health restrictions or suppressed demand. How many households in Europe could live without income for one or two months?
In a working paper, we used the 2017 wave of the European Central

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Social distancing: did individuals act before governments?

April 7, 2020

Using online searches for restaurants as a proxy to assess whether and to what extent individuals were practicing social distancing before strict lockdown measures, we identify substantial differences between countries. In some countries, including Denmark and Portugal, searches for restaurants were considerably down before restaurant restrictions were put in place. Countries where social distancing started earlier, regardless of when policies were enacted, can expect a flatter coronavirus curve.
By:
Catarina Midões
Date: April 7, 2020
Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance

Behavioural change is a fundamental determinant of the spread of an epidemic. Toxvaerd (2020) showed how behavioural parameters change predictions in standard epidemiological models. Even when

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Is this blog post legal (under new EU copyright law)?

April 8, 2019

How new EU rules on using snippets from news publishers and on copyright infringement liability might affect circulation of information, revenue distribution, market power and EU business competitiveness.
By:
Catarina Midoes
Date: April 8, 2019
Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance

On March 26th 2019, after more than two years of negotiations and 50 amendments by the European Parliament, the Copyright Directive was approved.
There is substantial popular opposition to the law, visible particularly online. The parliamentary vote breakdown likewise reveals the divisiveness of the issue. More interesting than the vote breakdown between parliamentary groups is how divided votes were on country lines, with – for instance –

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Universal basic income and the Finnish experiment

February 18, 2019

The preliminary results on the Universal Basic Income (UBI) experiment in Finland, and what they mean for the long-standing questions over the potential impact of UBI in developed countries.
By:
Catarina Midoes
Date: February 18, 2019
Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance

“How can sufficient goods be available when anyone can withdraw from work – when people are no longer motivated by the need to earn their own living, or when reliance on the efforts of others makes them lazy? If only you’d been with me in Utopia (…)”
Utopia, Thomas More, 1516.

The conversation between Rafael Contrasenso and Thomas More has been rehashed this week, following the publication of preliminary results on the Universal Basic Income (UBI)

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