Past events

EconPol Europe Parliamentary Breakfast

Convergence in EMU: Finding a Way Forward

20 November 2018, 7:30-9:00, Brussels, Belgium

In the parliamentary breakfast, EconPol Europe researchers discuss recent convergence trends within and across EU member states and the strengths and shortcomings of current reform proposals to incentivise structural reforms with Members of the European Parliament.

Chair
Clemens Fuest, ifo Institute and University of Munich

Speakers
Cinzia Alcidi (CEPS)
Mathias Dolls (ifo Institute)

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EconPol Europe’s Annual Conference 2018

International Trade and Protectionism

19-20 November 2018, Brussels

The impact of international trade and protectionism on the European economy was examined at EconPol Europe’s annual conference on the 19 and 20 November, with a keynote speech by Maria Martin-Prat (Director, Directorate General for Trade, European Commission). The challenges of EU trade policy making were the focus of day one of the conference, discussed by a policy panel including Maria Åsenius (Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Malmström), Sébastien Jean (Director of CEPII), Bernd Lange (Chair of European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade), Andrea Montanino (Chief Economist, Confindustria) and Eckart von Unger (Senior Manager, BDI).

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Implications of US Tax Reform for Europe

EconPol session at the 74th Annual Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance

21 Aug 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Tampere, Finland

The panel will discuss the global implications of the latest US tax reform adopted on 1 January 2018.

Session Chair
Andreas Peichl, ifo Institute

Speakers
Michael Devereux (Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation)

Clemens Fuest (ifo Institute and University of Munich)
Michelle Hanlon (MIT, Sloan School of Management)
Victoria Perry (International Monetary Fund)

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EconPol Europe Panel Munich Economic Summit

The Future of the Euro

5 July 2018 3:15pm, Munich

The panel will discuss what reform and future governance of the euro area should look like in order to achieve a sustainable and incentive-compatible architecture, prosperous development and greater cohesion among its members. The panel will address questions like: are the euro area and the European financial sector stabilised and sustainable – where do we stand? How can the fiscal discipline of sovereigns be strengthened? Do we need more elements of risk-sharing or a focus on risk reduction? How can risk-sharing and market-discipline be reconciled with achieving an incentive-compatible architecture in the currency union? Should the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) be transformed into a European Monetary Fund? Does the currency union need an exit clause and viable insolvency procedure for its member states? How should TARGET-II imbalances be managed in the future?

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Self- and Reinsurance against Labour Market Shocks: a New Proposal for the Eurozone

12 June 2018, Europäisches Haus, Unter den Linden 78, 10117 Berlin.

Positive economic developments in Europe in recent years do not change the fact that there is an urgent need for reform. That is why the proposals by the French President Macron, the European Commission and, most recently, the signal sent by the “New Beginning for Europe” featured in the German government’s coalition agreement, are all encouraging signs. We are nevertheless still a long way off any political consensus over how exactly a reform programme should look. Proposals of self and reinsurance against labour market shocks could be a key component of such a consensus. Such insurance would facilitate far more effective cushioning against economic shocks in the Eurozone due to the high share of national self-insurance, with practically no incentive effects, let alone long-term transfers.

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