Reform of the EU Economic Governance 

  • Shared Perspectives 2023: How to Make the Green Transition Happen? 

  • Save the Date: EconPol Annual Conference 2023: Geoeconomics 

 POLICY BRIEFS           
  • Working from Home Around the Globe 

  • A “Green Revolution” for Sub-Saharan Africa? 

  • Integration of Mercosur in the Global Economy 

  • Four-Day Work Week? No Longer in Keeping with the Times! 

  • Reform of the EU Economic Governance – Why and How? 

  • Income and Tax Burden of the Middle Class in Europe 

  • Taxation and Innovation 

  • Immigrant Narratives in German Newspapers 


Shared Perspectives 2023: How to Make the Green Transition Happen?

6–7 October 2023 | Bertinoro (FC), Italy


Despite ambitious pledges made in Paris in 2015, with the EU at the forefront, the world is not on track to stop climate change within safe limits. What can Europe do to make the green transition happen? Shared Perspectives 2023 brings together policy-oriented economists and policymakers to seek politically feasible, economically sensible, environmentally effective answers. 

Keynote: Daniele Franco, formerly Italian Minister of Economy and Finance and Director General at Banca d'Italia 

All sessions will be livestreamed, and we welcome online interaction.
Info and registration

EconPol Europe Annual Conference 2023: Geoeconomics – New Challenges for Europe

30 November 2023 | Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU


In the 2023 Annual EconPol Europe Conference, we discuss future challenges for the EU such as the need for a technological and green transformation, dependencies from autocratic states, supply chain resilience, energy crisis, and the risks associated with protectionism and the creation of regional blocs. We will draw lessons from the current energy crisis and discuss the role of the EU, implications for fiscal and economic policy, and the power of the EU single market to overcome these challenges and ensure a prosperous and sustainable Europe. 

 POLICY BRIEFS           

Working from Home Around the Globe


How prevalent is remote work on a global scale? What are the prevailing modes of working arrangements at present? What are the foremost advantages of working from home and on employer's business premises? Is there a need for policy intervention? A new Global Survey of Working Arrangements provides new insights to answer these questions. 

A “Green Revolution” for Sub-Saharan Africa? Challenges and Opportunities


Sub-Saharan Africa ranks as one of the world’s poorest regions. The causes of this are exceptionally complex. In recent decades, economists and agricultural development experts have been looking for ways to increase agricultural productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa through improved seeds, fertilisers and more modern farming technologies. This article looks at the measures in question, what has been done so far, and how scientists assess the effectiveness of these measures on agricultural productivity and poverty reduction. 

Integration of Mercosur in the Global Economy


More than twenty years after the beginning of negotiations, a new window of opportunity seems to have opened for the ratification of a trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur. For Mercosur, this comes at a crucial juncture in its integration process: the future of the South American trade bloc appears to be more uncertain than ever, with member states holding diverging views on Mercosur’s objectives. Thirty years after its foundation, the original goals of Mercosur’s integration process have been only partially achieved.  

Four-Day Work Week? No Longer in Keeping with the Times!


Debates about the number of working days per week are nothing unusual in in advanced economies. After many decades in which the five-day week was the norm, Germany and other countries are now intensively discussing the introduction of a four-day week. The discussion about a blanket four-day week is astonishing in that the labor market has changed dramatically. Working conditions have become much more flexible, part-time work and working from home are booming, and most employers offer a variety of working time models. 

Policy Debate of the Hour

Reform of the EU Economic Governance

Economic Policy and its Impact

Taxation and Innovation

Innovations form the backbone of sustained economic growth and, as such, they play a key role in safeguarding prosperity. Governments, aware of this, invest heavily in public research at universities and research institutes, and strive to create ideal conditions for private sector research and development (R&D), usually through specific R&D tax credit schemes or direct funding. 

Institutions Across the World

Income and Tax Burden of the Middle Class in Europe

A strong middle class is important for political stability in democracies and can be an anchor against political extremism. With their taxes and other levies, the middle-income groups also contribute significantly to revenues and thus to the government budgets and the financing of EU welfare states. At the same time, the middle class has come under pressure in many countries in recent years. In many European countries, it is therefore questionable whether and to what extent the middle class will be able to bear further fiscal and financial burdens during the current crises and to meet the state’s additional financing needs to cope with major challenges. 

Big Data-Based Economic Insights

Immigrant Narratives in German Newspapers

Narratives about immigrants matter for both natives and immigrants because narratives shape attitudes, political outcomes, and perceptions of discrimination. A recent and growing literature has shown that media narratives influence how people think and act as well as that specific framing of immigration matters for how migrants are perceived. This article examines narratives about immigrants. 
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