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The Distributional Implications of the Crisis and Policy Responses

| 8 December 2015
Blog, Monetary | Tags: Inequality, QE
The conduct of monetary policy over the last few years is totally unprecedented. Efforts have been made to influence all parts of the term structure of interest rates and credit spreads as well. Policy rates have been reduced essentially to zero. Forward guidance has also ... continue reading

Save our Steel! Save our Jobs?

| 13 November 2015
Blog, Trade | Tags: Anti-Dumping, China, EU, Steel, Tariffs
EU member States have recently intensified their calls upon the European Commission to deploy trade defence measures to stem the rising tide of cheap imports of steel from China. It is contended that the slowdown of the Chinese domestic economy has prompted steel manufacturers to ... continue reading

Looking for a Way out the Subsidies Labyrinth in Argentina

| 16 October 2015
Blog, Fiscal, Monetary | Tags: Energy, Inflation, Subsidies
In the midst of a heated electoral campaign, subsidies are at the centre of the political debate in Argentina. Shock or gradual approaches to reform those transfers have emerged as the buzzwords of the moment as the presidential race heats up. ... continue reading

Tax Expenditures and Sustainability

| 8 October 2015
Blog, Fiscal | Tags: Renewables, Tax Expenditures
What do 1.8 billion Euro given to Italian farmers, 69.7 billion US$ provided to US homeowners, and 75 billion A$ allocated to support the retirement income system in Australia have in common? They are channeled through tax expenditures. ... continue reading

Low Interest Rates: An Opportunity for Renewables

| 8 July 2015
Blog, Monetary | Tags: Energy, Interest Rates
Putting the economy on an environmentally sustainable path requires a serious shift into green technologies. Such a shift includes substantial investments in technologies that are based on renewable energy to produce electricity – referred to hereinafter as “green energy technologies”. Interest rates directly and significantly ... continue reading