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Universal basic income and the Finnish experiment

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,...

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Backstage: Policy principles for a new social contract

This episode of The Sound of Economics features Bruegel senior fellow Zsolt Darvas in conversation with Maurizio Bussolo and Bernadette Ségol about income inequality in Europe and Central Asia, and the policy principles underpinning a possible new social contract. By: The Sound of Economics Date: January 24, 2019 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Although income distribution in Europe and Central Asia reaches a...

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The role of independent expertise in legislative process

Testimony before the European Parliament Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO). On 10 July 2018, J. Scott Marcus and Zsolt Darvas testified before the European Parliament Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO). This workshop dealt with the benefits to the Parliament of having independent experts providing analysis. During this session, J. Scott Marcus made two interventions, one about studies of ICT policy issues in general, the other...

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Understanding (the lack of) German public investment

An array of data suggests that there is a general lack of investment by all branches of the German government, despite running budget surpluses for several years. This blog post plots the progression of the public investment problem, and explores which regions, which sectors, and which levels of government have been most affected. The German capital stock has grown very little compared to peer European countries (see Figure 1). This development is mostly one of the private sector...

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Why is it so hard to reach the EU’s poverty target?

Bruegel Annual Meetings 2017 The Annual Meetings are Bruegel’s flagship event. They offer a mixture of large public debates and small private sessions about key issues in European and global economics. In a series of high-level discussions, Bruegel’s scholars, members and stakeholders will address the economic policy challenges facing Europe. Speakers: Carlos Sallé Alonso, José Antonio Álvarez Álvarez, Agnès Bénassy-Quéré, Pervenche Béres, Matthias Buck, Grégory Claeys,...

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Climate policies risk increasing social inequality

The aggressive political interventions needed to effectively counteract climate change will make the rich richer and the poor poorer, if social concerns are not given greater prominence in policy debates. This opinion piece was also published by El País, Hospodárske noviny and Ta Nea. Europe has only 30 years to stop fuelling cars with gasoline, producing electricity from coal, and heating homes with oil, or it will fall short of its agreed contribution to the fight against climate...

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Revision of the Posted Workers Directive misses the point

The Commission’s proposed revision of the Posted Workers Directive has been approved by the European Parliament’s Employment Committee, which welcomes the arrival of “equal pay for equal work”. But the revision will have little impact, and was largely unnecessary. Instead we should focus on the fight against bogus self-employment, social security fraud and undeclared work. By: Zsolt Darvas Date: October 18, 2017 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance...

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EU posted workers: separating fact and fiction

After President Macron’s recent tour of Central and Eastern European countries, EU posted workers are getting a lot of attention. However, a major reform of the system is already underway and we should not confuse posted workers with long-term labour migrants. Posted workers are a small part of the labour force, and their labour market impact is likely to be minor. By: Uuriintuya Batsaikhan Date: August 31, 2017 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance...

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Could revising the posted workers directive improve social conditions?

This presentation was delivered in Brussels on 31 January 2017 at a hearing of think-tanks, to advise the European Parliament on the revision of the Posting of Workers Directive. By: Zsolt Darvas Date: August 29, 2017 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance In this parliamentary testimony Zsolt Darvas discussed the importance of posted workers in driving down wages/social conditions in high-wage EU...

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The Universal Basic Income discussion

What’s at stake: the concept of a Universal Basic Income (UBI), an unconditional transfer paid to each individual, was prominent earlier this year when Finland announced a pilot project. It’s now back in the discussion as the OECD published a report illustrating costs and distributional implications for selected countries. We review the most recent contributions on this topic. By: Silvia Merler Date: June 12, 2017 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance...

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