woensdag 4 augustus 2010

Employment rate in the EU27 fell to 64.6% in 2009

Read this Eurostat news release here.

The feasibility to regionalise corporate income taxation

Read this report from Prof. A. Haelterman (KUL) here.

Bernanke: Short Run Deficits Unavoidable

Watch Bernanke's press conference on the Wall Street Journal here.

In Germany, a Broad Recovery Is Under Way

Read the complete article in the NYTimes here.

Confessions of an armchair economist

"Anniversaries are a time for reflection and, as the third anniversary of the credit crunch approaches, I have been doing some reflecting on where I went wrong as an economist. My own errors, of course, are of particular interest only to me, but I fear that they are fairly representative of the economics profession." Read Tim Harford's article in the Financial Times here.

It's Time for Germany to Change Its Immigration Laws

Economics Minister Rainer Brüderle wants to make Germany more attractive to foreign specialists by offering them financial incentives to immigrate. It is not a new idea, and neither is the debate that has ensued. But commentators say the time has come to open up the gates to qualified workers. Read the complete article on Der Spiegel International here.

To spend or not to spend: Is that the main question?

he debate over fiscal policy has reached a fork in the road. One way leads to maintaining or increasing the fiscal stimulus. This column argues that policymakers should take the other path. This would mean phasing out government expenditure while phasing in social protection programmes at the risk of a double-dip recession but potentially resulting in a more vibrant economy. Read Guillermo Calvo's article on EUVOX here. The author is Professor of Economics, International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

The Great Brain Race

For decades, research universities in the United States have been universally acknowledged as the world’s leaders in science and engineering, unsurpassed since World War II in the sheer volume and excellence of the scholarship and innovation that they generate. But there are growing signs that the rest of the world is gaining ground fast – building new universities, improving existing ones, competing hard for the best students, and recruiting US-trained PhDs to return home to work in university and industry labs. Is the international scholarly pecking order about to be overturned? Read Ben Wildavsky' column for Project Syndicate here. The author is a senior fellow in research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation and author of The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World.

Senioren doen ING bakzeil halen

De senioren van vandaag, en zeker van morgen, zijn mondiger geworden en laten zich niet zomaar doen. Dat bleek gisteren nog maar eens. Lees het volledige artikel in De Standaard hier.

China's Real Estate Bubble Threatens to Burst

Two years after the US subprime crisis, China is seeing its own real estate bubble as a result of massive state stimulus programs. Many economists are warning it could burst soon, with unpredictable results for the global economy.
Read this article in the Spiegel Online Internatational here.

Les titres-services ne connaissent pas la crise

Le système des titres-services a continué de se développer durant la crise économique de 2009, ressort-il d'une étude de l'entreprise de consultance "IDEA Consult" réalisée sur demande des autorités.
Lisez l'article dans LLB ici.