Policy Briefs

Services Trade for Sustainable, Balanced, and Inclusive Growth

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Policy Briefs, Trade | Tags: Digitalization, Economic Growth, Services Trade
Structural changes in the world economy have altered the way we think about the nexus between trade and growth. In particular, the rise of the services economy and the digital revolution have rocked the world of trade policy-making in ways that are not nearly sufficiently ... continue reading

Taxation in Aging Societies – Increasing the Effectiveness and Fairness of Pension Systems

, , , and | 27 March 2019
Fiscal, Policy Briefs | Tags: Inequality, Pensions, Tax Expenditures
Population aging is accelerating worldwide and has significant socio-economic implications, including a decline in the size of the labour force, an increase in the age-dependency ratio and a redistribution of income and wealth. Hence, the redesign of pension systems has become a priority. Taxation is ... continue reading

Central Banks and the G20 Agenda: Ensuring Policy Coherence

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Monetary, Policy Briefs | Tags: Central Banks, Inclusiveness, Sustainable Development
The G20 has come a long way in pulling economies back from the brink. Yet, a lot remains to be done in its pursuit of inclusive and sustainable growth. Its leaders have continuously highlighted the urgent need to use all policy levers in targeting its ... continue reading

Investor-State Dispute Settlement: An Anachronism Whose Time Has Gone

| 24 September 2018
Policy Briefs, Trade | Tags: Investment, ISDS, Services Trade
Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) – a mechanism that allows foreign investors to bring claims against host governments to an international arbitral tribunal – is a postcolonial relic that should be abolished. ... continue reading

Central Banks Should Reflect Climate Risks in Monetary Policy Operations

| 10 September 2018
Monetary, Policy Briefs | Tags: Asset Purchases, Central Banks, Climate Risk, Collateral Framework
The transition to a low-carbon economy requires a shift in capital allocation from incumbent carbon-intensive technologies to new low-carbon technologies. Financial markets play a key role in this process: they influence firms’ investment costs and serve as reference point in investors’ decisions. Currently, there ... continue reading