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The difficult dilemma between inequality and unemployment

The difficult dilemma between inequality and unemployment
Elien Verstraeten

Elien Verstraeten

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Elien Verstraeten is an MSc in Local Economic Development student at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Ghent.
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Too often, young adults feel like they are being held back by unfavorable labor regulations, overly-regulated property markets and a shaky economy. The numbers do not lie either: around 20% of young workers in the European Union (EU) were unemployed in 2015. As suggested by The Economist, solutions might be found along the lines of […]

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Less employment protection, more jobs?

Less employment protection, more jobs?
Andriana Foulidou

Andriana Foulidou

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Andriana is a graduate of Law School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, working at the moment as a lawyer in Thessaloniki, Greece. After her graduation, she successfully attended both the LLM programme in Public Law and Political Science of Law School and the MSc programme in Political Analysis of School of Political Sciences of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has also served as a board member of the Association of Trainee Lawyers of Thessaloniki (2012-2014) and of the Union of Trainee and Young Lawyers of Thessaloniki (2014-2016).
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The OECD Employment Outlook 2016, which was published on 7 July 2016, provides an  in-depth review of recent labor market trends and short-term prospects in OECD countries. The findings of this 2016 edition on the effects of the implemented structural reforms in employment – aiming in loosening protection in order to enhance the flexibility of […]

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Stagnation – temporary or a new normal?

Stagnation - temporary or a new normal?
Francesca Coppola

Francesca Coppola

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
After graduating from Università Cattolica in Milan, Francesca attended a MSc in Political Economy of Europe at the London School of Economics and she is now about to obtain her Master degree in International Economic Policy from Sciences Po Paris. Before her internship at Politheor, she interned at the Representation of the European Commission in the UK. Her main research interests include the International Monetary System, Financial Regulation and European Governance.
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Most recently, the Brexit vote shed doubt over political and financial stability in the UK and the EU, sparking a jolt in volatility and leading to a downward revision of growth forecasts. While Brexit should not be underestimated, I agree with Oxford Economics’ argument that the size of the initial global market sell-off cannot be […]

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What the discussion on UBI should really be about

What the discussion on UBI should really be about
Jaap Rozema

Jaap Rozema

Jaap Rozema obtained his PhD in environmental politics from the University of East Anglia, UK. He focuses on the governance, geography and science of environmental issues, while increasingly applying these to climate change. Currently Jaap works in policy decision support for a political party in the Netherlands.
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Author: Jaap Rozema “The earth, in its natural, cultivated state was, and ever would have continued to be, the common property of the human race. In that state every man would have been born to property” – Thomas Paine “And you think you’re so clever and classless and free. But you’re still fucking peasants as […]

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The basic income – Three centuries of discussion

The basic income - Three centuries of discussion
Léa Duplan

Léa Duplan

Léa is a 2nd year Master of Public Policy student at the Hertie School of Governance. Currently, she is on a leave of absence to expand her practical experience. Prior to her MPP studies, she did her Bachelor's degree in European Studies at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Her main domains of interests are: Good Governance, Sustainable Development and European Affairs.
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Author: Lea Duplan An unconditional and universal basic income, as defined in a study by the German Institute for Economic Research, is an income distributed to every single citizen of a country, with no conditions attached. In return, welfare benefits disappear. The main ideas are to address poverty, to cut red tape and administrative costs, […]

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Cradle-to-cradle™ and the circular economy: are we kidding ourselves on consumption?

Cradle-to-cradle™ and the circular economy: are we kidding ourselves on consumption?
Mathis Hampel

Mathis Hampel

Mathis Hampel holds a PhD in Social Science and Public Policy from King's College London. Trained as a natural scientist with a BSc in Ecosystem Analysis from Lund University, and an MSc in Physical Geography from Exeter University, Mathis became more and more interested in the politics of global governance. As science student equipped with expert knowledge of both the science and the politics of, inter alia, climate change and geoengineering, he is particularly interested in how knowledge and social order are co-produced across space and time.
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Author: Mathis Hampel “Imagine a world in which all the things we make, use, and consume provide nutrition for nature and industry—a world in which growth is good and human activity generates a delightful, restorative ecological footprint.”[1] This is how the former Greenpeace chemist Michael Braungart and architect William McDonough envision their ideal world. The […]

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UK Patent box: a real motor for growth?

UK Patent box: a real motor for growth?
Meriam Benhamza

Meriam Benhamza

Meriam Benhamza holds a BA in finance and Accounting and a Master in Financial Communication from the Università Della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano, Switzerland. She is fascinated by various topics, but her main focus is the new financial issues arising from the Euro crisis and the role good governance plays in solving them.
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Author: Meriam Benhamza This package follows up on the 2013 G20/OECD Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (“BEPS”), which identified 15 actions to put an end to international tax avoidance. It aims at providing governments with solutions for closing loopholes that allow “corporate profits to ‘disappear’ or be artificially shifted to low/no tax […]

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How Uber contributed to the shift from regulatory state to evaluatory society

How Uber contributed to the shift from regulatory state to evaluatory society
Mario Munta

Mario Munta

Mario is a PhD student in Public Policy at the Central European University. His doctoral thesis deals with the Europeanisation modes of employment policies in Croatia. He obtained his MA in Public Policy. Thus far, he assisted in teaching and research at the University of Zagreb and the ECPR Summer School in Methods. His main research interests center around EU public policy, social and employment policy and sustainable development.
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Uber bites again. Today, the venture-backed start-up launched its less controversial ride-sharing app UberX in Zagreb, Croatia. This post-socialist country has climbed on the bandwagon of the sharing economy after an already burdensome move to the market economy. The taxi sector’s reaction in Croatia is very indicative of the abhorrence by which vested interests ”welcomed” […]

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Talking to my daughter about the economy (Book review)

Talking to my daughter about the economy (Book review)

Dušan Pavlović

Mr Dušan Pavlović is a Professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, where he teaches political economy. He is known as one of the pioneers in studying rational choice theory in political science and public choice theory in Serbia. Mr Pavlovic has published books in political economy, consolidation of the democratic institutions in Serbia, as well as many research articles.

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I expected a lot from Varoufakis’s economics for teenagers. I believe that basics of economics and entrepreneurship have to be part of the high school curricula (possibly even of the last grades of the elementary school). Citizens who possess basic economic knowledge could more easily understand manipulations performed by politicians (when salaries and pensions are […]

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The Spanish Revival: a closer look at Spain’s economic recovery

The Spanish Revival: a closer look at Spain’s economic recovery

Rowan Anderson

Rowan Anderson is an MA French and English Literature student at the University of St Andrews who is currently spending a year abroad in
Strasbourg. She also writes for the St Andrews Foreign Affairs Review
and is a staff reviewer for The Monitor: the Journal of International
Studies at the College of William and Mary.
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Spain’s economic growth in 2014 wildly exceeded expectations by outperforming both Germany and France. If there had been any contender for Greece’s top spot on ‘The Biggest Loser: Eurozone Crisis Edition’, it would have been Spain. While the country didn’t have to endure similarly acrimonious negotiations with the IMF, sliding property prices and a failing […]

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