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New partners for EconPol Europe expand economic research network into 12 EU countries

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EconPol Europe, the European network for economic and fiscal policy research, has welcomed five new associate partners to expand its reach into Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. The new associates join founding partners in Germany, France, the UK, Finland, Austria, Italy and Belgium to take the total number of university and non-university institutions in the network to 14.
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An Unemployment Re-Insurance Scheme for the Eurozone? Stabilizing and Redistributive Effects

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A new policy report from EconPol Europe provides the first analysis to evaluate an unemployment re-insurance scheme for the euro area as regards potential stabilizing and redistributive effects. The novel feature of the study is that it separates the stabilization effects of the re-insurance scheme into two channels relevant to the current political debate: First, it indicates the potential for stabilization through payments between countries (so-called interregional stabilization). Second, the study estimates the so-called intertemporal stabilization potential. The distinction between the two stabilization channels is crucial for assessing the possible value added of different reform options.
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International Competition and Rent Sharing in French Manufacturing: A Firm-Level Analysis

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A new working paper from EconPol Europe investigates the impact of import competition on rent sharing between firms and employees using a large panel of French manufacturing firms. By applying recent advances in the estimation of price-costs margins, authors classify each firm into labour- and product-market regimes based on the presence or absence of market power and estimate the degree of rent sharing among firms and workers. They investigate the hypothesis that import penetration acts as a discipline device on the labour market, reducing workers' bargaining power. Competition from OECD countries has a negative effect on bargaining power, they find, whereas imports from low-wage countries have a more muted impact. By providing firm-level evidence for the relationship between international trade and rent sharing, the paper sheds new light on the effect of trade liberalisation on the labour market.
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Chinese exporters bear costs of Trump’s trade war, say EconPol researchers

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EconPol Policy Brief
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Import tariffs introduced by the United States and China in September will see Chinese exporters bear approximately 75% of the costs, with the US extracting a net welfare gain of USD 18.4 billion, according to new research from EconPol Europe. The tariffs affect around 50% of Chinese products imported to the US, with a value exceeding USD 250 billion. The tariffs introduced by China affect around USD 60 billion worth of goods. The research shows these new tariffs, introduced on 24 September, will increase US consumer prices on affected Chinese products by an average of 4.5%, while the producer price of Chinese firms declines by 20.5%.
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