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Dutch Election 2017

14.03.17

On Wednesday March 15th voters in the Netherlands will go to the polls in one of the most closely watched Dutch elections in decades. Following the shocks of...

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South Korea and Japan – How do they shape up in the 2050 Index?

11.03.17

In the second half of the 20th century, no two countries performed better, in terms of raising citizens’ living standards, strengthening political...

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Populism Versus Prosperity – for Project Syndicate

10.03.17

LONDON – Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front, claims that the twenty-first century’s defining battle will be between...

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From the blogs: Build that (border-tax) wall?

10.03.17

Economists are baffled and dubious about a complex proposal to reform US corporate taxation No one thinks Donald Trump came into politics to utter the...

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Japan has much to lose from a US-China bust-up

06.03.17 Publication:

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Should robots pay income tax?

02.03.17

Economists critique a novel proposal from the founder of Microsoft In the futuristic television series “Humans”, Joe, a middle-manager in a...

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Why Japan is less well prepared than South Korea

01.03.17 Publication:

In the second half of the 20th century, no two countries performed better, in terms of raising citizens’ living standards, strengthening political...

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Would Martin Schulz dare to reflate and open up Germany’s economy?

28.02.17

News that the SPD – Germany’s socialist party – has overtaken the CDU/CSU in the opinion polls for the first time in a decade has galvanised the often...

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Estonian Independence Day: on the threshold of a hopeful future?

25.02.17

On 24th February 1918, news in Tallinn was dominated by the Estonian Declaration of Independence (from post-revolutionary Russia) calling for a democratic...

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From the blogs: Inflation and the gig economy

23.02.17

Inflation is accelerating again, but some think the ‘gig economy’ will hold it back Reports of his death, said Mark Twain famously, had been...

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From the blogs: Brexit and the UK economy

16.02.17

Why hasn’t the Brexit vote slowed the UK economy? Macroeconomics under attack after another awkward forecasting failure Last week, when figures revealed...

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Italy’s ailments under the OECD’s microscope

15.02.17

Why does Italy rank 32nd out of 35 on the Wake Up 2050 Index while Sweden ranks 2nd? Recent prejudices might suggest that the reason is that one is in...

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From the Blogs: The future of the euro

09.02.17

A never-ending debate about a currency union that feels like Hotel California.  Ever since the single currency was launched in 1999, there have been...

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From the Blogs: Innovation in Britain

02.02.17

In this second of our weekly features, we look at British economists’ debate about the sources of innovation and prosperity. Last week saw the launch of the...

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The retreat from openness

30.01.17

There can be no doubt that the Wake Up Foundation and President Donald J. Trump have rather different ideas about the virtues of openness, as he has shown...

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From the blogs: Economists debate President Trump’s mooted fiscal expansion

26.01.17

In this new weekly feature, we will highlight and explain debates on the economic blogosphere about current issues In 2005, George W Bush began his second...

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How can we add the environment to the 2050 Index?

23.01.17

Readers, we would like to ask for your views and help. The problem is this: plainly, one of the big forces that are going to pummel countries during the coming...

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How Donald Trump could really make America great again

23.01.17

Critics of America’s newly inaugurated 45th president were elegantly castigated by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel for having taken Candidate Trump...

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European politics in 2017

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Learning from Britain’s Lost Decade in Education

12.12.16

Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, remarked last week that Britain had experienced its first ‘lost decade’ – 10 years in which average...

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Italy´s Five Star Movement has crushed a PM. It shouldn´t be ignored

12.12.16 Publication:

The long, slow fuse on Italy’s time-bomb has been lit. The crushing defeat of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s constitutional reform proposals in the national...

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Hammond throws the UK a modest cushion against Brexit

06.12.16

Phillip Hammond, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, is often depicted as dull and sombre but at November's Autumn Statement he was positively chipper. ...

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The real threat to Matteo Renzi is Beppe Grillo and his ilk

30.11.16 Publication:

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Recent declines in global trade are benign, but storms are brewing

25.11.16

 The freeing up of trade, which has been the single biggest source of Western prosperity since 1945 and of global growth since the late 1970s, is taking quite...

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