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DIW Roundup 33 / 2014

Unconditional Basic Income: An Economic Perspective

A wide range of public figures from the social sciences, politics and business have proposed paying every citizen a fixed amount of income without means testing or work requirement. The idea is fascinating. Most recently, a widely reported crowd ...

2014| Luke Haywood
DIW Roundup 31 / 2014

Internal Migration in Developing Countries

For people in rural areas of developing countries, finding a better paying job or better education is often only possible by moving – migrating – somewhere else. Moreover, agricultural production, generally the main economic activity in rural are

2014| Valeria Groppo
DIW Roundup 28 / 2014

Are the Economic Sanctions against Russia Effective?

The introduced sanctions against Russia, which at the moment are on a level of travel bans and asset freezes against a limited group of individuals and firms, are unlikely to trigger a profound change in Russian foreign policy. This can primarily be

2014| Konstantin Kholodilin, Dirk Ulbricht, Georg Wagner
DIW Roundup 26 / 2014

Soldiers and Trauma

Understanding the risks and consequences of military service in fragile regions is a vital concern facing veterans and policymakers in Germany (and many other nations). Researchers, health professionals, politicians and the news media are actively ..

2014| Wolfgang Stojetz
DIW Roundup 23 / 2014

Can the Market Stability Reserve Stabilise the EU ETS: Commentators Hedge Their Bets

In response to an imbalance between the demand and supply of permits within the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), the European Commission has proposed the introduction of a Market Stability Reserve (MSR). The MSR represents a quantity

2014| William Acworth
DIW Roundup 18 / 2014

The New Growth Debate

The developed economies of Europe and the United States are slowly recovering from the worldwide financial crisis and the debt crisis in the euro area. How will the economic situation of these countries evolve in the future? Will the developed ...

2014| Guido Baldi, Patrick Harms
DIW Roundup 17 / 2014

The Bank Capital Debate: Should Fragility Be Reduced?

The recent financial crisis has exposed the fragility of the banking sector to sudden withdrawals of wholesale funding, asset price declines and market dry-ups. Governments and central banks had to step in to prevent major banks from defaulting. ...

2014| Philipp König, David Pothier
DIW Roundup 15 / 2014

Structural Reforms in the Eurozone: Timing Matters

Several leading policymakers – from ECB President Mario Draghi to EC President José Manual Barroso – have pushed Eurozone countries to adopt far-reaching structural reforms in labour and product markets in order to foster growth and employment.

2014| David Pothier
DIW Roundup 9 / 2014

Early Retirement at 63: Fair Compensation or Pension Giveaway?

After Easter, Germany's new labor and social affairs minister Andrea Nahles will be presenting the grand coalition's first major reform proposal for parliamentary debate: a bill to improve the benefits provided under the statutory pension system. A .

2014| Anika Rasner
DIW Roundup 7 / 2014

A Minimum Wage for Germany: What Should We Expect?

A key component of the coalition agreement between the CDU/CSU and SPD signed on November 27 is the adoption of a minimum wage for Germany. Under the agreement, a statutory minimum wage of €8.50 per hour will be introduced across the country starti

2014| David Pothier
DIW Roundup 4 / 2014

Debating the Shortage of Skilled Workers

It seems to be widely acknowledged that Germany will face a shortage of skilled workers within no more than a few years. However, the extent of the current and future skilled worker shortage is still up for debate among experts. The disagreement ...

2014| Nina Neubecker
DIW Roundup 3 / 2014

The Safe Asset Controversy: Policy Implications after the Crisis

Safe assets are the lubricant of the financial system. They serve as a store of value, to meet regulatory requirements, and as a pricing benchmark. Some researchers identify a severe and chronic global safe asset shortage; others disagree, while ...

2014| Christoph Große Steffen
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