Publications by Pola Schneemelcher

The debate on EU-digital taxation

The so-called ‘Google tax’ is currently the focus of a heated debate. Proponents claim that large digital companies make use of the users’ data, but do not contribute to the public welfare when they shift their profits to tax havens. Opponents fear competitive disadvantages and barriers to research and innovation. While the matter is technical, the debate becomes very political. This blogpost examines why digital taxation is a problem after all and why the European Commission’s proposal for a solution does not fit the bill. more

Four countries, four stories

A decoupling between wages and productivity did not occur in 2013 for the first time: Pola Schneemelcher and Philipp Ständer argue in their Blog Post that a tendency of decoupling started even before the crisis. The researchers of the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin also identified significant differences among the individual member states in regards to the development of wages and productivity. Pola Schneemelcher and Philipp Ständer explain in their Blog Post what this observation means for the debate on the reform of crisis-response instruments and the coordination of economic policies. The Blog Post is a secondary publication on Social Europe. more

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