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The European Digital Single Market

09.08.2017

In the July/August issue of Intereconomics, ten economists debate the achievements and shortcomings of the Digital Single Market strategy in our Forum. This issue's Letter from America looks at the battle over health care in the US, while the Editorial assesses the prospect that Macron's electoral victory will lead to a renewal of European momentum. Elsewhere, this issue's diverse range of articles cover national money creation in EMU countries, growth forecasts for China, European subsidiarity and a new perspective on business cycle synchronisation in the eurozone.

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A Fiscal Stabilisation Function for the Eurozone

02.06.2017

The May/June Intereconomics issue features a Forum based on presentations at our recent conference, 'A Fiscal Stabilisation Function for the Eurozone'. While debate over such a function has ebbed and flowed for decades, our authors roundly agree that the time has come for it to become a reality in some form. Our Editorial analyses recent statements from the European Commission that seem to legitimise the idea of a multispeed Europe, where subgroups of member states are allowed to further integrate without the consent of the entire EU. Elsewhere, this issue's diverse range of articles cover gender inequality, autonomous driving and even the effect of macroeconomic performance on happiness. Finally, our Letter from America looks at the rights of the American worker in the age of Trump.

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Universal Basic Income: The Promise vs the Practicalities

31.03.2017

The March/April Intereconomics issue explores the controversial concept of a universal basic income (UBI). While some economists claim it is the only viable path forward for modern states, others assert that the UBI path only leads to state bankruptcy and strong work disincentives. Our Editorial sees glimmers of hope for Greece if the IMF and eurozone creditors can conclude the second review of the economic adjustment programme. Taking a look at such matters from the other side, an IMF researcher describes recent shifts in the Fund’s economic philosophy. Additional articles cover Brexit and trade, systemically important financial institutions, and income inequality. This issue's Letter from America examines the conflicting signals sent by the Trump administration regarding the strength of the US dollar.

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