Upcoming events

Joint ZEW-EconPol Lunch Debate

Reforming the Eurozone: How to Handle Sovereign Debt?

28.03.2019 | 12:00 - 14:00 , Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union, Rue Belliard 60 - 62, 1000 Brussels

The challenges facing the Eurozone are multifaceted, with Greece still having a long road to recovery and Italy facing a dangerous mix of a large government deficit and an already high debt level. This Lunch Debate will be dedicated to discussing possible courses of action for the EU, if levels of sovereign debt become unsustainable. A special focus will be on how an insolvency procedure for sovereigns may be designed as well as the risks and opportunities this presents. With the Eurogroup having agreed on a reform proposal for the EMU on 3 December 2018 (which foresees improved collective action clauses and the ESM assuming the role of a moderator in creditor negotiations), the topic will be of particular relevance given that the reforms are due to be implemented in spring next year. Our Lunch Debate will be based on an overview paper on possible design options for a sovereign debt restructuring mechanism, which will be published for the event.

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Venice Summer Institute 2019

Taxation in the Digital Economy: Theory and Evidence

03.06.2019 | 9:00 - 14:00, San Servolo, Venice, Italy

Recent technological changes challenge fiscal systems. For instance, the internet allows consumers to shift purchases from physical firms to online retailers, which possibly results in the creation of digital products that have no “physical” component. At the same time, internet platforms use different business models compared to standard ones. Digital platforms like Netflix and Google connect different groups of customers and thereby use pricing strategies for their products that reflect how desirable one group is for the other groups. The multi-sidedness of the platform and the global outreach of the platforms might lead to unconventional incidence and efficiency effects of taxes. These technological changes have important policy implications. For example, the issue of how value creation by digital platforms might be allocated to the various jurisdictions for corporate taxation purposes is currently the subject of hotly debated reforms proposed by the European Commission. Taxation of online sales is the subject of U.S. federal legislation such as the Marketplace Fairness Act and recent Supreme Court action. The workshop aims to combine theoretical research and empirical evidence of taxation in the digital economy. The goal is to facilitate interactions between researchers focused on industrial organization, i.e., responses of prices/firms and public finance economists interested in the effect of the digital economy on fiscal systems.

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Regular events on key economic and policy issues

EconPol Europe holds regular events on key economic and policy issues including scientific workshops, seminars and conferences.  We also hold regular breakfast and lunch events for EU policy makers. These events are an opportunity for the research community and policy makers to discuss the latest research to help form evidence-based policy.

Upcoming events will be listed here and issued in our regular monthly newsletter.

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