Much attention is given to the existence and measurement of gender inequality, but relatively little attention is given to the economic costs that result from this inequality. Following up on the November 2016 Intereconomics conference on this issue, the papers in this Forum make it clear that while the quest for gender equality is necessary as a matter of justice and fairness, the existence â and persistence â of inequality also has a significant negative effect on the economic performance of Europe.
After the shocks of Brexit and Trump in 2016, what should we expect for 2017? The upcoming elections in France, the Netherlands, Germany and possibly Italy all have the possibility to bring populists to power. In this issue's Editorial,Â Clemens Fuest writes that countering the simple, emotional and radical messages of populists will be a difficult task for mainstream politicians. They will have to remind their elecorates that nationalism and xenophobia in Europe have always done far more harm than good.
Early indications make clear that Trump's campaign rhetoric promoting trade protectionism will be turned into official policy. Caroline Freund writes that his confrontational approach to international trade will at best be intermediated by the WTO and at worst lead to retaliation and an unraveling of existing trade agreements. The gravest danger is that it leads to an unraveling of global economic cooperation.
Forum: Pros and Cons of a Universal Basic Income
featuring articles by Thomas Straubhaar, Heiner Flassbeck, Philippe van Parijs & more
by Volker Brühl
by Phedon Nicolaides and Thibault Roy
from Diane Perrons's Forum article Gender and Inequality: Austerity and Alternatives
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