Reforms Aren’t Zip Ties: Understanding Ukraine’s Current Struggle

March 14, 2020

A desire for quick and easy fixes has emerged among the Ukrainian population. This desire is in part the result of a discrepancy between slow but steady political change and the public perception of stagnation. If this gap is not closed by increased communication measures, popular support for reforms will break off and jeopardize future progress.

Charlotte Felbinger, Klara Lindahl and Elena Leuschner

Three Policy Shifts to Harness the Potential of Technological Progress

March 8, 2020

Technological progress as it stands today focuses on irrelevant questions and ignores possible dangers, instead of leveraging democratization and social mobility. Three policy shifts are necessary to stop wasting the potential of technological progress.

Nicolas Zahn

Combatting Corruption: An Institutional Economics Approach for More Integration in the Eurozone

February 10, 2020

This article defends an enforceable EU anti-corruption mechanism to restore trust between creditor and debtor countries of the Eurozone. Through an institutional economics approach, it argues that strengthening national institutions is key for further economic integration because accumulating debt is possible so long as institutions are competent, such as Belgium and France.

Johann Diaz Manzano

Désir d’indépendance et interdépendance Européenne : un paradoxe à résoudre

February 6, 2020

L’interdépendance croissante des pays et des peuples européens d’une part, et la montée du sentiment ainsi que des mouvements politiques anti-européens d’autre part, constituent un paradoxe, qu’il convient de résoudre en promouvant l’européanité via un renforcement des coopérations transfrontalières.

Théodore Tallent & Meryl Merran

Getting Your Own House In Order

March 30, 2018

In episode 8 of our policycorner.org podcast series Serafine Dinkel discusses her article “Getting Your Own House In Order“. We discuss the issue of sexual exploitation and abuse in humanitarian contexts, especially in light of recent scandals involving employees of Oxfam and the United Nations. We discuss the difficulties of handling these challenges, the insufficient […]

Serafine Dinkel & Felix Hoffmann

Anthropoeconomics Full Panel Discussion

March 22, 2018

Listen to the full panel discussion from our event on Anthropoeconomics. An interdisciplinary panel discusses inequality from a variety of perspectives and sheds light on future challenges and possible solutions. The panel includes: – George Bauer, 1st winner of the Essay Competition on Rethinking Economic Policy (Title of the Essay: “Back to the Future – […]

Felix Hoffmann

Getting Your Own House In Order

March 14, 2018 Human Rights and International Law

The humanitarian sector has been lagging behind in preventing sexual harassment and abuse committed between humanitarian workers. In the aftermath of the Oxfam scandal, the issue is gaining momentum. But words must be followed by the implementation of robust counter-policies.

Serafine Dinkel

Taming the Dragon? Europe and the AIIB

February 28, 2018 Economic Policy

As China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank becomes a recognized instrument of global economic governance, European Union member states should use their voting power to influence the Bank’s agenda and practices. However, Europe must be aware of certain limitations.

Balázs Kiss

Fossil Fuels: The Case For Ending Producer Subsidies

February 27, 2018

Our guest in this epsiode is Tim Pfefferle, one of the winners of our writing competition on new economic thinking. We discuss his article on fossil fuels and producer subsidies, their detrimental impact on climate change and global climate governance as well as possible ways out of this quagmire. We also talk about the European Investment Bank and their largest investment in the energy sector ever – €1.5 billion for a gas pipeline.

Tim Pfefferle & Felix Hoffmann

The Dangerous Depoliticization of Economic Numbers

February 26, 2018 Economic Policy

Daniel DeRock exposes the shaky foundations of macroeconomic statistical methods – from GDP figures to debt measurement – and argues for a fundamental rethinking of how scholars and policymakers engage with quantitative indicators.

Daniel Derock