Publications by Pola Schneemelcher

Wage-Productivity Gap – Four Tales from the Eurozone

In the euro area wages have been lagging behind productivity growth before and after the crisis. However, the Eurozone average hides vast differences between member states. This blog post compares wage and productivity developments in the four largest economies and examines (1) whether wage and productivity growth decoupled and (2) whether productivity improved at all. more

A post-crisis budget that hurts no one

Pola Schneemelcher analyses the negotiations of the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) in a publication for the ifo Schnelldienst. She argues that even moderate rebalancing is likely to create discontent among net recipients and net contributors. more

Video: Tax the Techs!

Pola Schneemelcher explains in a five minute video the current debate on a reform of the international tax system to tax digital companies. She clarifies that the actual problems are intangibles like intellectual property that create value and the international tax system. Further, as she points out, soft measures such as “naming and shaming” can already have a great impact in the digital sector. more

Does a tax on data make sense?

At the Global Solutions Conference in preparation of the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Chancellor Angela Merkel raised the issue of the financial value of data and resulting challenges. She invited researchers to focus ideas on reforms on “the price of data”, or what she called the “central problem of justice.” The German newspaper Tagesspiegel paraphrased expert Pola Schneemelcher’s comment, saying that any solution must be international. For the effective implementation of a future tax on data, the international tax system was to be be reformed. In the development of a reform, the gradual disappearance of the “non-digital economy” should not be forgotten. The researcher of the Jacques Delors Institut - Berlin called the “Digital Service Tax”, proposed by the European Commission, “short-sighted.” more

Multiannual Financial Framework – an assessment

On May 2nd, the European Commission published its proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework, covering the period 2021-2027. What the Commission labels a „modern budget that protects, empowers and defends“ marks the start of a crucial political battle over the EU’s policy priorities after Brexit. In this blog post, Jörg Haas, Eulalia Rubio and Pola Schneemelcher take a closer look at the proposal. more