Data as a Resource? A Simplistic Metaphor and its Policy Implications

December 16, 2019

The notion that personal data is “the new oil” is as ubiquitous as it is powerful, but it has misguided policies on many levels. This notion justifies institutions that drive unequal transactions between individuals and platform enterprises, as well as protectionist international policies. A fairer digital economy requires a move beyond the simplistic view of data as a resource.

Christopher Olk

Intangible Value: The Economics of Wellbeing

October 24, 2019

Economic theory is due for a shakeup. After the forty-year dominance of the neoliberal paradigm, it is time for academics and policymakers to once again ask the question: what does success really look like? The economics of wellbeing might provide an answer.

Hamish Dick

The Fecklessness of Strategic Patience: How to Save the Iran Deal

October 18, 2019

The escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran has made the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal seem to be a foregone conclusion. Even at this late stage, however, the accord can still be saved if the EU is willing to abandon its policy of passivity.

Michael Trinkwalder

CALL FOR PAPERS: EU ON THE MOVE

October 14, 2019

We want to hear your analysis, ideas, and recommendations on the topic “EU on the Move.” In submitting your paper, you will be competing with your peers for the chance to have your article published on the Policy Corner website at policycorner.org. All articles are subject to double-blind peer review, providing contributors constructive feedback on their argument and writing.

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Is Microfinance a Sustainable Solution to Poverty?

July 16, 2016 Development and Global Health

Microfinance is based on the idea that people can be lifted out of poverty through the help of microloans. It has become a key part of the global development strategy, as a bottom-up poverty alleviation tool. But despite its wide popularity, various studies have shown that its effects have generally been far from beneficial to the poor.

Ana Maria Tabacaru

That Small Plaster on the Russian Bear

July 16, 2016 European Policy

Two years after the downing of Malaysia Airline flight MH17 the geopolitical rammifications of this tragic event – and the EU’s heavy-handed retaliation – are stronger than ever. This article explores the rhetorical dimension of the EU-Russian confrontation over the Ukrainian crisis and questions the effectiveness of the EU’s sanctions-led response.

Marta Cioci