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EconPol Forum 01/2023: Climate Change: Greening the Economy by Green Finance?

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The financial sector may play a central role in climate change. This is because, ideally, climate policy measures create important incentives for investors throughout the globalized world to redirect their capital in favor of a cleaner production and thus lower emissions. That is why climate policy must consider the link between the real sector and the financial sector. This transition will not happen by itself. It requires targeted financing measures.

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The Interplay of Interest Rates and Debt-Financed Government Spending

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Persistently low interest rates on government debt over past decades have prompted some economists to question the wisdom of fiscal policies that restrict the use of deficits to finance government spending. In the new EconPol Policy Brief Bev Dahlby and Ergete Ferede argue that the widely held view that there is no, or only a low, fiscal cost from debt-financed increases in program spending can be misleading. Higher public sector debt levels can lead to higher real interest rates and lower economic growth rates, forcing the government to run a smaller primary deficit

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Working from Home Around the World

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The Covid-19 pandemic triggered a huge, sudden uptake in work from home, as individuals and organizations responded to contagion fears and government restrictions on commercial and social activities. Over time, it has become evident that the big shift to work from home will endure after the pandemic ends. A new global survey of working arrangements across 27 countries presented in the EconPol Forum shows that employers plan an average of 0.7 work-from-home days per week after the pandemic ends.

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The Social Integration of Syrian Refugees in Germany

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How successful have efforts been to socially integrate Syrian migrants in Germany? What factors influence social integration? Together with researchers from Harvard and Meta, Theresa Kuchler and Johannes Stroebel address these questions in a new research paper working with de-identified data from Facebook. They find that Syrians in Germany generally have low levels of social integration compared to German natives, measured

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