Publications in: Economic Policy

Social imbalances: How are you doing, Europe?

Europe’s economy is growing, unemployment is falling but Europeans still state social issues as most important challenge for the EU. In their report on social imbalances Philipp Ständer and Sylvia Schmidt ask: “How are you doing, Europe?”. The study looks at six social challenges of EU-wide relevance and provides a multi-faceted insight on the day-to-day reality of living and working conditions in the EU. more

Growth starlets: Wages & productivity of EU trading powers

Under which conditions do European economies achieve solid and balanced wage and productivity growth? In this blog post we analyse two economic models in the EU exemplified by four countries that appear to realise solid wage and productivity growth and compete successfully in global markets. We distill their comparative advantage and point to future challenges such as skills shortages, transformation to a knowledge-based economy and social disparities. more

EMU: Holding the Supervisor to Account

The Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM), which gave the European Central Bank (ECB) responsibilities for banking supervision in the euro area, is now 5 years old. The European Parliament is the main political actor with powers to publicly hold the ECB accountable in the SSM. But how does the relationship fare? more

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