Publications

China-EU solar panel trade dispute: Rhetoric versus reality

| 7 June 2013
Blog, Trade | Tags: Antidumping, Energy, Renewables, Subsidies
This article was first published on VoxEU.org and is republished with permission. Following a complaint lodged on 25 July 2012 by EU Pro Sun, an association representing around 20 EU-based producers of solar panels and components, the European Commission initiated an investigation into potential Chinese ... continue reading

Green Economy – Beware of Merchants of Doubt

| 17 April 2013
Blog, Fiscal | Tags: Green Growth, Subsidies
Those who oppose change involving powerful economic sectors have long ago found an effective tactic: instilling doubt in the guise of reasonable arguments. A recent manifestation of this tactic is the claim that so-called ‘green jobs’ are too expensive and in fact destroy “real” jobs. ... continue reading

Resource Scarcity, Export Restrictions and the Multilateral Trading System

| 10 April 2013
Blog, Trade | Tags: Commodities, Protectionism, WTO
The turn of the millennium marked a shift towards higher commodity prices and greater price volatility, as a result of high demand for natural resources from emerging economies combined with export restrictions and financial speculation. A recent Chatham House report highlights that, over the past ... continue reading

The Case for an International Tax Organisation

and | 19 March 2013
Blog, Fiscal | Tags: Tax Competition, Taxes
Capital mobility entails fiscal interdependence. Since the abolition of capital controls in the 1960s and 1970s, and following the widespread abolition of withholding taxes in the wake of the first move in this direction by the Reagan administration in 1984, fiscal interdependence has turned from ... continue reading

Sense & nonsense in end of year reviews

| 21 January 2013
Blog, Fiscal, Trade | Tags: Forecasting
The turn of every calendar year witnesses a spate of reviews by pundits in the media. For a columnist, these reviews are an attractive vehicle, ideally drawing upon events from the previous 12 months and combining them with insights into developments relating to the next ... continue reading