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TitleShortlinkDateInterviewee(s)LengthDescriptionFurther readingCEPR discussion paper *CEPR programme(s)
Capitalist systems and inequalityhttps://voxta.lk/capineq29/1/21Branko Milanovic14 minIn classical capitalism, the rich earn their money from capital while the poor sell the value of their labour. Is that still true, and how does it affect the gap between rich and poor? Capitalist systems and income inequalityPublic, Development
Boiling point in Africahttps://voxta.lk/Boiling22/1/21Dominic Rohner 11 minAs the climate heats up, what does it mean for the number, and the scale, of conflicts in Africa? DP15542 Heat and HateDevelopment
The microeconomics of cryptocurrencies
https://voxta.lk/crypto15/1/21Neil Gandal20 minWhat is behind the pinballing price movements of Bitcoin? The microeconomics of cryptocurrenciesDP14972 The Microeconomics of CryptocurrenciesFinancial, IO
The refugee's dilemmahttps://voxta.lk/refugees8/1/21Mathias Thoenig26 minA new study uses detailed data on the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany to investigate why individuals become refugees. How asylum policies deterred Jewish migration out of Nazi GermanyDP15533 The Refugee's DilemmaPublic, Trade/Regional, Development, History
How authoritarians stay in powerhttps://voxta.lk/authoritarians18/12/2020Konstantin Sonin17 minsAmong other things, it has not been a great year for global democracy. How do authoritarian leaders grab and hold on to power? DP15344 The Political Economics of Non-democracy
Public
Covid baby boom or bust?https://voxta.lk/babyboom11/12/2020Joshua Wilde16 minsWill the pandemic create more or fewer babies? Google search data can provide the answer.Covid Economics 54Covid
The Spanish Empire's shipwreck problemhttps://voxta.lk/shipwrecks04/12/2020Fernando Arteaga, Desiree Desierto, Mark Koyama24 minsWhen the galleon San José sank in a typhoon in 1694, it was carrying a cargo worth 2% of the GDP of the entire Spanish empire. How did bribery sink Spanish treasure ships?Shipwrecked by rentsDP15300 Shipwrecked by RentsBehavioral, History
Africa's roads make the rich richerhttps://voxta.lk/africaroads27/11/2020Steven Poelhekke13 minsAfrica's roads were originally built so that colonial powers could extract its natural wealth. What has happened since then? The political economy of Africa’s interior-to-coast roadsDP15354 Priority Roads: the Political Economy of Africa's Interior-to-Coast RoadsDevelopment, Trade/Regional
The secret war in Laoshttps://voxta.lk/laos20/11/2020Felipe Valencia Caicedo18 minsLaotians are still suffering collateral damage from a covert war that the US waged in the country half a century ago. How can we help victims of conflict in future?Apocalypse Laos: The devastating legacy of the ‘Secret War’DP15349 Collateral Damage: The Legacy of the Secret War in LaosDevelopment, History, Growth
A history of public debthttps://voxta.lk/histdebt13/11/2020Eric Monnet22 minsWhen we compare ratios of debt to GDP, do we look closely enough at the political and financial context in which the debts were calculated? DP15347 The History and Politics of Public Debt AccountingHistory
Europe should throw out its fiscal rulebookhttps://voxta.lk/eurules06/11/2020Olivier Blanchard19 minsWhat if the EU's increasingly complex system of fiscal rules were replaced by a system of fiscal standards?Redesigning the EU Fiscal Rules: From Rules to StandardsPublic
Gun control in Brazilhttps://voxta.lk/gunbrazil30/10/2020Rodrigo Schneider15 minsIn 2003 Brazil enacted strict gun control legislation, with important effects on levels of crime and homicide.Law, guns, and money in BrazilPublic
The price of a votehttps://voxta.lk/pricevote26/10/2020Julia Cagé21 minsHow well does campaign finance work, and which political parties benefit most?DP15150 The Heterogeneous Price of a Vote: Evidence from Multiparty Systems, 1993-2017History, Public
Nepotism in academiahttps://voxta.lk/nepotism23/10/2020David de la Croix12 minsHow much did nepotism in Europe's ancient universities hold back the emergence of modern science?DP15159 Nepotism vs. Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital in Academia (1088--1800)History
The Black Deathhttps://voxta.lk/blackdeath16/10/2020Mark Koyama21 minsSeven hundred years ago the worst pandemic in history killed almost half the population of Europe and the Middle East, and its effects were felt for centuries.DP15132 The Economic Impact of the Black DeathHistory
Politics and ethnicity in Africahttps://voxta.lk/polafrica09/10/2020Valeria Rueda23 minsSome ethnic groups are active in African politics, and some are not. Two socioeconomic revolutions more than a century ago shaped post-colonial political power.DP15162 Cash Crops, Print Technologies and the Politicization of Ethnicity in AfricaHistory
Should Google be allowed to acquire Fitbit?https://voxta.lk/googlefit05/10/2020Cristina Caffarra, Greg Crawford33 minsWhy have 17 economists have written a paper describing the harm that Google's acquisition of Fitbit would cause to consumers?Policy Insight 107, Google/Fitbit will monetise health data and harm consumersIO
Publishing in economicshttps://voxta.lk/econpub28/09/2020Sebastian Galiani, Ugo Panizza20 minsAcademic economists need to be published, but is the journal system fair and efficient? Publishing and measuring success in economics
The old songshttps://voxta.lk/oldsongs25/09/2020Timothy Yeung10 minsIn a crisis, it seems we get all nostalgic about music.Covid Economics 44Covid
Post-pandemic transport policyhttps://voxta.lk/postpan22/09/2020David Newbery12 minsIn the UK, public transport use has remained low after lockdown - but car use is almost back to pre-pandemic levels. What does this mean for a sustainable transport policy? DP15153 Transport policy for a post-Covid UKPublic
Trustworthiness in the financial sectorhttps://voxta.lk/fintrust18/09/2020Matthias Heinz11 minsDo scandals happen in banks because they recruit people who can't be trusted? DP15147 Trustworthiness in the Financial IndustryFinancial, IO
What next for the UK's furloughed workers?https://voxta.lk/furlough15/09/2020Abi Adams-Prassl14 minsNine million workers were furloughed in the UK this summer. What was the experience like for them, and what will happen to them now?[Transcript]Covid, Labour
Kindergartens in Americahttps://voxta.lk/kinder11/09/2020Philipp Ager, Francesco Cinnirella11 minsAt the beginning of the 20th century more than 7,000 kindergartens were set up in the US, with a profound effect on the life chances of a generation of immigrants.DP15146 Froebel's gifts: how the kindergarten movement changed the american familyHistory
Racism and the "China virus"https://voxta.lk/chinavirus04/09/2020Runjing Lu14 minsMany Americans blame China for Covid-19. Politicians have exploited this, leading to an increase in prejudice against the US Asian community.Covid Economics 39Covid
Restoring financial stability to Indiahttps://voxta.lk/finstab28/08/2020Viral Acharya28 minsIndia's bloated public sector is strangling growth. Now is the perfect time for institutional reform.Quest for Restoring Financial Stability in IndiaFinancial, Development
A new explanation for wage stagnationhttps://voxta.lk/stagnate21/08/2020Rachel Ngai11 minsLow-skilled workers are concentrated in sectors with fast productivity growth, so why isn't their pay rising?DP14855 A Multisector Perspective on Wage StagnationLabour, Growth
Bailing out the kidshttps://voxta.lk/bailkids18/08/2020Niels Johannesen12 minsHow much do we bail out our families in a crisis, according to financial and administrative data?DP14867 Bailing out the Kids: New Evidence on Informal Insurance from one Billion Bank TransfersPublic
Does social media make us xenophobic?https://voxta.lk/xenophob14/08/2020Maria Petrova8 minsXenophobic attacks are on the rise around the world. In Russia, does social media help to cause them? DP14877 Social Media and Xenophobia: Evidence from RussiaPublic
Europe's zombie lendinghttps://voxta.lk/euzombie07/08/2020Viral Acharya38 minsThe action to save Europe's financial sector after 2008 has delayed reform in the banking sector - creating a decade of lending to zombie firms that has stifled economic growth.Creating Zombies and DisinflationDP15009 Kicking the can down the road: government interventions in the European banking sectorFinancial
Recessions increase inequalityhttps://voxta.lk/recequal31/07/2020Gianluca Violante18 minsMost high earners bounce back from recessions. But for the last 50 years it has been a different story for low earners.DP14870 The Rise of US Earnings Inequality: Does the Cycle Drive the Trend?Labour, Growth
Valuing digital serviceshttps://voxta.lk/digital24/07/2020Diane Coyle, David Nguyen14 minsThe Covid-19 lockdown has provided the opportunity to measure the financial value we give to 'free' digital services like social media and Google search.Covid Economics 33, The impact of Covid-19 on the value of online goodsCovid
The mechanics of the industrial revolutionhttps://voxta.lk/mechanics17/07/2020Joel Mokyr19 minsSkilled artisans were needed to build, improve and mend the machines that powered the industrial revolution. Can this help explain why the revolution happened when - and where - it did?DP14884 The Mechanics of the Industrial RevolutionHistory
Solving Europe's productivity puzzlehttps://voxta.lk/prodpuzz10/07/2020Filippo di Mauro25 minsIn the recovery from Covid-19 we urgently need to boost productivity. CompNet's firm-level productivity data tells us much about both the problem and the solution.The Covid crisis and productivity gowthCovid
Banks under pressurehttps://voxta.lk/bankpress08/07/2020Xavier Vives15 minsLow profitability, non-performing loans, and competition from Big Tech. A new report from the CEPR concludes that the banking sector faces "deep restructuring". The bank business mode in the post-Covid 19 worldFinancial
To each according to their needshttps://voxta.lk/toeach03/07/2020Kaushik Basu31 minsKaushik Basu's time as World Bank chief economist inspired him to think radically about how to change the way the global economy works. He thinks more public ownership and profit-sharing will be essential.CEPR STEGDevelopment, Institutions
Coping with Covid in developing economieshttps://voxta.lk/coviddevt26/06/2020Ugo Panizza16 minsA new ebook from the CEPR and the International Development Policy Journal discusses the threat to developing and emerging economies from the pandemic, and what we can do about it.Covid-19 in Developing EconomiesCovid, Development
Who gets exposed to Covid-19?https://voxta.lk/whogets19/06/2020Milena Almagro, Angelo Orane-Hutchinson14 minsWhat can explain the difference in Covid incidence between neighbourhoods in New York?Covid Economics 13Covid, Public
The Great Reversalhttps://voxta.lk/reversal12/06/2020Thomas Philippon25 minsThomas Philippon's new book argues that in the last 20 years the US has “given up” on free markets, meaning American families are each $5,000 a year poorer.Martin Wolf's review in the FTInnovation, Institutions
Structural transformation and economic growthhttps://voxta.lk/steg03/06/2020Joe Kaboski, Doug Gollin, Rachel Glennerster15 minsThe CEPR is launching a new research programme called Structural Transformation and Economic Growth. Why? CEPR STEGDevelopment
Time for bedshttps://voxta.lk/timebeds29/05/2020Nathan Sussman20 minsThe mortality statistics of the Covid-19 outbreak suggest that your country's medical infrastructure has a big influence on how likely you are to survive. Covid Economics 11Covid, Health
Tech industry mergershttps://voxta.lk/techmerge22/05/2020Luis Cabral17 minsShould competition authorities intervene more often in tech mergers?DP14785 Merger Policy in Digital IndustriesIO
Helicopter moneyhttps://voxta.lk/helicopt18/05/2020Donato Maschiandaro12 minsIn every crisis, economists will tell us that it is time for helicopter money, and Covid-19 is no different. But why do the helicopters never seem to take off?Covid Economics 7Financial
The Swedish solution to Covid-19https://voxta.lk/swedecov15/05/2020Dirk Krueger17 minsDo we close our public spaces to protect our communities from Covid-19, or keep them open, as in Sweden? Covid Economics 5Public, Covid
The myth of British inventive geniushttps://voxta.lk/britmyth08/05/2020David Edgerton18 minsHas Britain's belief in its go-it-alone scientific and inventive genius stunted the nation's postwar growth?The Economics of the Second World War Seventy-Five Years OnHistory
Do the rich get more coronavirus tests?https://voxta.lk/richtest29/04/2020Stephanie Schmitt-Grohé15 minsLast month the media accused New York's wealthy residents of jumping the queue for Covid-19 testing. What is the evidence?Covid Economics 8Covid, Public
We need a Covid-19 debt standstillhttps://voxta.lk/debtstand27/04/2020Ugo Panizza, Mitu Gulati22 minsIn a new paper called Born out of Necessity, a group of economists and lawyers propose a way for developing and emerging countries to temporarily redirect debt repayments to fund Covid-19 relief. Born out of NecessityFinancial, Institutions, Development, Covid
John Maynard Keynes's art portfoliohttps://voxta.lk/keynesart21/04/2020David Chambers17 minsKeynes amassed an extensive collection of fine art during his lifetime. We investigate the financial returns on his investment have been, and how to value an art portfolio as an asset.DP14357 Art as an Asset: Evidence from Keynes the CollectorHistory, Financial
Lessons from the Ebola crisis on dealing with Covid-19https://voxta.lk/ebola09/04/2020Oeindrila Dubé12 minsThe 2014 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone affected an area which included a pioneering experiment in community healthcare, offering two important lessons to contain the spread of Covid-19 in Africa.Development, Covid
Modelling the economic consequences of Covid-19https://voxta.lk/modelcov07/04/2020Warwick McKibbin13 minsIn January a macroeconomic model used in previous pandemics created seven scenarios for its impact. All imply a major shock to the global economy. Which policymakers listened to the warning?Chapter 3 of Economics in the Time of Covid-19Covid
How much do governments lend to each other in a crisis?https://voxta.lk/govlend27/03/2020Christoph Trebesch11 minsIn international crises, disasters and wars, private lenders disappear. But new data on 200 years of official lending show governments have stepped in and lent far more to each other than we previously thought. Coping with disasters: Lessons from two centuries of international responseDP14902 Coping with Disasters: Two Centuries of International Official Lending
History, International, Monetary, Growth
The coronavirus shock to financial stabilityhttps://voxta.lk/covidshock25/03/2020Enrico Perotti21 minsRegulatory reform means that banks are unlikely to be at risk, but the same is not true for the shadow banking sector. Does this threaten financial stability?The Coronavirus shock to financial stabiityCovid
A Covid credit line for Europehttps://voxta.lk/covidcredit23/03/2020Beatrice Weder di Mauro11 minsA diverse group of economists has suggested the creation of an emergency Covid credit line in Europe. A proposal for a Covid Credit LineCovid, Monetary
Singapore's response to Covid-19https://voxta.lk/singapore20/03/2020Danny Quah20 minsHow Singapore defended itself against the health and economic impact of Covid-19, and what other countries can learn from its actions.Mitigating the Covid Economic CrisisCovid
The polarization of realityhttps://voxta.lk/polarize20/03/2020Stefanie Stantcheva16 minsWe think about political polarization as a disagreement about policies. But what if the voters can't even agree on the facts? DP14348 The Polarization of RealityPublic
Economics in the time of Covid-19https://voxta.lk/timeofc1910/03/2020Beatrice Weder di Mauro, Richard Baldwin19 minsHow big will Covid-19's economic consequences be? Economics in the time of Covid-19Covid
Women in Economicshttps://voxta.lk/womenecon06/03/2020Shelly Lundberg, Donna Ginther, Jenna Stearns, Erin Hengel20 minsWomen are under-represented in economics, and the situation is not improving. How can we support the next generation of female economists?Women in EconomicsLabour
Digital market merger policyhttps://voxta.lk/digmerge28/02/2020Tomaso Duso18 minsIn the last decade, global digital giants have snapped up hundreds of smaller, innovative companies. Should competition authorities have intervened more often?DP14166 Merger Policy in Digital Markets: An Ex-Post AssessmentIO
The history of immigration quotashttps://voxta.lk/immquota21/02/2020Leah Boustan20 minsA century ago, American nativists succeeded in establishing immigration quotas to drive up the wages of US workers. What happened next? DP14165 The Effects of Immigration on the Economy: Lessons from the 1920s Border ClosureHistory
Education creates peacehttps://voxta.lk/edupeace14/02/2020Dominic Rohner18 minsNew research shows how a school-building programme in Indonesia successfully reduced conflict. DP13509 Education and Conflict: Evidence from a Policy Experiment in IndonesiaPublic, Development
Central banks and regional inequalityhttps://voxta.lk/cbregion07/02/2020Andy Haldane13 minsIs regional inequality a problem that central banks should worry about? Financial, Regional
The origins of tech clustershttps://voxta.lk/clusters31/01/2020Bill Kerr27 minsWhy are cities so keen to create their own technology clusters, and why is it so difficult? DP14143 Tech ClustersTrade
Betting on the Lordhttps://voxta.lk/betlord24/01/2020Emmanuelle Auriol12 minsAn experiment in Haiti shows that people take more risks in the presence of religious images, even if there is less chance they will win.DP14167 Betting on the Lord: Lotteries and Religiosity in HaitiDevelopment
Regenerating the cities that were left behindhttps://voxta.lk/regencity17/01/2020Tony Venables, Charles Goodhart14 minsWhen the industries that have sustained our cities decline, how can we regenerate urban areas?Public, Regional
Will there be a post-Brexit financial services deal?https://voxta.lk/postbrex10/01/2020David Miles, Iain Begg16 minsIn 2020, the UK and the EU will try to strike a post-Brexit deal in financial services. What's at stake in the negotiations?Trade
Has the randomista revolution gone too far?https://voxta.lk/randomis23/12/2019Oriana Bandiera, Lant Pritchett15 minsThis year's Nobel prize celebrated the work of the economists who popularised randomised controlled trials. But is it possible to have too much of a good thing?Lant's argument against RCTsDevelopment
Burying bad newshttps://voxta.lk/badnews20/12/2019Ruben Durante16 minsNew research demonstrates what we all suspected: for decades, politicians have routinely used busy news days to bury unpopular announcements. DP13961 Media Attention and Strategic Timing in Politics: Evidence from U.S. Presidential Executive OrdersPublic
Helping parents to read with their childrenhttps://voxta.lk/helpread13/12/2019Denis Fougère, Carlo Barone23 minsLanguage skills for preschoolers help them achieve more when they get to school, but some parents are better than others at helping their kids to develop these skills.Fostering language skills for children in less-educated householdsEducation
Wealth taxeshttps://voxta.lk/wealthtax06/12/2019Marius Brülhart19 minsA natural experiment in Switzerland's cantons that teaches us about how people would respond if countries decided to tax wealth instead of income.DP14054 Behavioral Responses to Wealth Taxes: Evidence from SwitzerlandPublic
How the mobile internet changed politicshttps://voxta.lk/mobint29/11/2019Sergei Guriev20 minsThe mobile internet, promises to give us access to information anywhere, 24 hours a day. So how has it influenced trust in governments, politics, and politicians? DP14022 3G Internet and Confidence in GovernmentDevelopment, Growth, Public
Can the stock market help save the planet?https://voxta.lk/mktsplan22/11/2019Ralph De Haas19 minsA new paper implies that when stock markets play a bigger part in the economy, polluting industries become cleaner.DP14012 Finance and Carbon EmissionsFinancial
The Great Expectations of the middle classhttps://voxta.lk/midclass15/11/2019Jeffrey Chwieroth, Andrew Walter30 minsWhen there's a financial crisis, policymakers and politicians increasingly kowtow to the demands of an influential group: the global middle class. Satisfying the Great Expectations of the middle classInstitutions
How to improve consumer credit ratingshttps://voxta.lk/credrate08/11/2019Stefania Albanesi28 minsConsumer credit ratings do a poor job at predicting which of us will default, but machine learning may improve them.DP13914 Predicting Consumer Default: A Deep Learning ApproachFinancial, Monetary
Let's stay togetherhttps://voxta.lk/staytog01/11/2019Shuai Chen12 minsWhen the law changed to allow same-sex partners to get married, did the symbolism of marriage have any effect on the stability of relationships? Sybolism matters: The effect of same-sex marriage legislationDP13901 Symbolism Matters: The Effect of Same-Sex Marriage Legalization on Partnership StabilityLabour
The cost of dyinghttps://voxta.lk/costdie25/10/2019Eric French18 minsHow much is spent on end-of-life care, and who foots the bill? End-of-life medical expenses, Live Long and Prosper? The economics of ageing populationsHealth, Public
Increasing diversity in economicshttps://voxta.lk/diversity16/10/2019Sarah Smith, Arun Advani, Rachel Griffith15 minsThe Royal Economic Society has launched Discover Economics, an ambitious three-year campaign to attract more women, minority students and students from state schools to study the subject.Increasing diversity in UK economicsLabour
The economics of an ageing populationhttps://voxta.lk/ageing11/10/2019David Bloom19 minsWe are living longer, and that affects every part of our economic future.Health, Public
A new story of London's economic developmenthttps://voxta.lk/devlon04/10/2019Nathan Sussman20 minsEconomists dated the growth of London's financial system, and its impact on the British economy, from the end of the 17th century. There's new evidence that it might have started much earlier.DP13920 The Financial Development of London in the 17th Century Revisited: A View from the Accounts of the Corporation of LondonHistory
Lessons from the Irish banking crisishttps://voxta.lk/irishbank27/09/2019Patrick Honohan, Martin Sandbu20 minsPatrick Honohan took over as governor of the Central Bank of Ireland in 2009 with the economy in meltdown, and steered it through its deepest crisis. His new book re-examines what happened.The Irish crisis: Lessons for small central banksPublic
The death of banks?https://voxta.lk/deadbanks24/09/2019Tara Rice, Kathryn Petralia28 minsDo fintechs and cryptocurrencies signal the beginning of the end for banks?Banking, FinTech, Big tech: Emerging challenges for financial policymakers, Banking Disrupted? Financial Intermediation in an Era of Transformational TechnologyFinancial, Monetary
Does foreign investment create green growth?https://voxta.lk/greengrow13/09/2019Beata Javorcik12 minsForeign direct investment in developing economies may export pollution or generate green growth. Factory-level data tells us which.Foreign acquisitions and energy intensityDP13810 Good for the Environment, Good for Business: Foreign Acquisitions and Energy IntensityInternational/Regional
The economic history of World War 2https://voxta.lk/econww206/09/2019Mark Harrison28 minsOn the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the second world war, the economics of the war.The economics of the Second World WarHistory, Conflict
Africa's lands of opportunityhttps://voxta.lk/landsopp30/08/2019Elias Papaioannou19 minsIf you are born in Africa today you have much better chances to succeed than your parents or grandparents. But which countries have the best, and worst, intergenerational mobility? DP13497 Intergenerational Mobility in Africa
Development, History, Labour, Growth
Could a $15 minimum wage save lives?https://voxta.lk/15wage23/08/2019Michael Reich21 minsNew research implies that a $15 minimum wage doesn't just cut poverty, it also saves lives. But is Congress listening?A way out from rock bottom: Economic policies can reduce deaths of despairPublic
Investing in Brexithttps://voxta.lk/brexinv16/08/2019Holger Breinlich, Dennis Novy25 minsAs Brexit nears (again), are European firms investing in the UK to preserve access to its markets? And has "global Britain" got off the drawing board yet? Voting with their Money: Brexit and Outward Investment by UK FirmsTrade
Social media polarizationhttps://voxta.lk/mediapol09/08/2019Yves Zenou14 minsWhen does social media polarize opinion, and when does it bring us closer together? DP13860 Social Media and PolarizationPublic
Learning about ourselveshttps://voxta.lk/ourselves02/08/2019Peter Schwardmann12 minsDespite all the evidence to the contrary we continue to overestimate how much work we will do tomorrow, or how often we will go to the gym. Why?DP13510 Learning about one's selfIO
France's broken social elevatorhttps://voxta.lk/francebrk26/07/2019Laurence Boone17 minsFrance has surprisingly low social mobility. The problem fuels the gilets jaunes protests, but what can be done about it?A Broken Social Elevator? How to Promote Social MobilityPublic, Labour
The true cost of emissions cheatinghttps://voxta.lk/VWcheat19/07/2019Hannes Schwandt23 minsThe staggering human cost of VW's fraudulent 'green' diesel engines that have been polluting as much as 150 ordinary cars.DP13805 The Impact of Car Pollution on Infant and Child Health: Evidence from Emissions Cheating Labour
The benefits of starting school earlyhttps://voxta.lk/startben12/07/2019Thomas Cornelissen18 minsChildren in different countries start school at very different ages. New research suggests an early start may help their development.The benefits of starting school earlyPublic
Italy is a very sick patienthttps://voxta.lk/sickpat05/07/2019Fabio Ghironi14 minsAre Italy's populist policies of miniBOTs and flat taxes the right medicine for its economic sickness?Public
How the G20 can save world tradehttps://voxta.lk/G20trade28/06/2019Simon Evenett17 minsAs the G20 gather in Japan, how the ministers could halt rising protectionism.Jaw, jaw not war, war: The 24th Global Trade AlertTrade
The threat to global prosperityhttps://voxta.lk/globpros21/06/2019Meredith Crowley16 minsA new book from the CEPR argues that the current trade war is a long-term danger to all economies, not just those of the US and China.The Clash of Economic Systems Endangering Global Prosperity Trade
What would Ricardo do?https://voxta.lk/ricardodo14/06/2019Peter Neary19 minsDavid Ricardo's theory of comparative advantage has stood the test of time. So why do so many politicians ignore it?Trade
The future of the welfare statehttps://voxta.lk/welstate07/06/2019Minouche Shafik17 minsThis week UN special rapporteur claimed the UK's social safety net has been "replaced with a harsh and uncaring ethos". Can our welfare states can survive in their current form?LSE: Beveridge 2.0Public
The Yrjo Jahnsson awardhttps://voxta.lk/yjaward31/05/2019Oriana Bandiera, Imran Rasul23 minsThe joint winners of the award given to the best European economist under 45. Development
The cost of kidshttps://voxta.lk/costkids24/05/2019Camille Landais19 minsWomen earn less than men after they start a family. Can better policies close the gap?Child penalties across countries: Evidence and explanations Public
Managing the secret statehttps://voxta.lk/secstate17/05/2019Mark Harrison19 minsDid the KGB manage its informers using the iron fist or the invisible hand?The Soviet economy, 1917-1991, Russia's national income 1913-1928, Costing secrecy, IZA DP9245: The Economic Costs of Mass Surveillance:History
The end of the WTO?https://voxta.lk/endWTO10/05/2019Chad Bown20 minsThe WTO might be the biggest loser in this trade war.DP14477 Why Trump Shot the Sheriffs: The End of WTO Dispute Settlement 1.0Trade
The lost oneshttps://voxta.lk/lostones03/05/2019MariaCristina De Nardi19 minsNon-college-educated Americans born in the 1960s are dying younger, earning less, and paying more for healthcare than in their parents' generation.DP13582 The lost ones: the opportunities and outcomes of non-college educated Americans born in the 1960sGrowth, Public
How art auctions workhttps://voxta.lk/artwork27/04/2019Katy Graddy13 minsWhat does economics teach us about art auctions?DP13665 Art AuctionsIO
The 2018 trade warhttps://voxta.lk/tradewar19/04/2019David Weinstein20 minsHas the trade war with China been good for American businesses and consumers? The first results are in.DP13564 The Impact of the 2018 Trade War on U.S. Prices and WelfareTrade
Girls, boys and multiple choicehttps://voxta.lk/multiple12/04/2019Nagore Iriberri14 minsHow should multiple choice tests be scored so they don't accidentally penalise girls? DP13541 Brave Boys and Play-it-Safe Girls: Gender Differences in Willingness to Guess in a Large Scale Natural Field ExperimentLabour, Public
A green monetary policyhttps://voxta.lk/greenmon05/04/2019Dirk Schoenmaker14 minsWe're not short of policies intended to save us from catastrophic climate change, but should monetary policy be part of this effort?DP13576 Greening monetary policyFinancial, Monetary, Public
RCTs in the long runhttps://voxta.lk/RCTlong29/03/2019Ted Miguel22 minsDo RCT interventions that work in the short run have a benefit 10 or 20 years later? DP13443 Using RCTs to Estimate Long-Run Impacts in Development EconomicsDevelopment
Why are schools segregated?https://voxta.lk/schoolseg22/03/2019Bas van der Klaauw13 minsSchools in cities are less diverse than their neighbourhoods. it is not necessarily where we live that creates school segregation.DP13462 Why are schools segregated? Evidence from the secondary-school match in AmsterdamLabour, Public
Love, money and parentinghttps://voxta.lk/lmparent15/03/2019Fabrizio Zilibotti27 minsWe all want happy, successful kids. How can economics help? Tiger moms and helicopter parents: The economics of parenting styleLabour
Innovation policy for Europehttps://voxta.lk/innoeuro08/03/2019Diego Comin19 minsThe European Community's FRAME project researches innovation, and how it might be translated into policy.FRAME, Publicly funded applied research pays offIO
The Big Data economyhttps://voxta.lk/bigdata01/03/2019Laura Veldkamp11 minsUnlike in conventional economic models, the digital economy makes it possible for data-savvy firms to grow very large, very quickly.DP13489 Big Data and Firm DynamicsIO, Monetary, Growth
Gender bias in mathematicshttps://voxta.lk/mathbias22/02/2019Paola Giuliano16 minsWhy do girls do less well than boys in school math tests? For many girls, the problem starts at home.DP13504 Born in the Family: Preferences for Boys and the Gender Gap in MathLabour
A history of international financehttps://voxta.lk/interfin15/02/2019Rui Esteves18 minsA new data set compiles the history of international finance spanning a century and a half, revealing new information about globalisation, crises and capital flows.DP13471 Public Debt Through the AgesHistory, International
Legal cannabis and the black economyhttps://voxta.lk/legalcan08/02/2019Jonathan Ashworth12 minsWhen Canada legalised recreational cannabis use, it had a big effect on how Canadian people used cash, unexpectedly crimping the black economy.Canadian legalisation of cannabis reduces both cash usage and the ‘black’ economyDP13448 Canadian Legalization of Cannabis reduces both its cash usage and 'Black' EconomyMonetary
The end of globalisation?https://voxta.lk/endglob01/02/2019Kevin O'Rourke17 minsTrade growth is slowing down. But is it, as the media and populist politicians claim, the end of globalisation?DP13674 Trade, Technology, and the Great DivergenceHistory, Trade/Regional, Growth
Work in transition, part 2https://voxta.lk/trans225/01/2019Nate Young16 minsHow the growth of large cities in Europe's and Asia's transition economies affects economic growth and wellbeing.EBRD Transition Report 2018-19Growth, Labour
Work in transition, part 1https://voxta.lk/trans118/01/2019Sergei Guriev19 minsHow is the nature of work is changing in Europe and Asia's transition economies?EBRD Transition Report 2018-19Growth, Labour
Why we vote for protectionismhttps://voxta.lk/protvote11/01/2019Gene Grossman10 minsIt blows the minds of economists that voters choose protectionist policies that make will them poorer. A new trade model can explain this by using insights from other social sciences.DP13367 Identity Politics and Trade PolicyTrade, Public
The half-life of injusticehttps://voxta.lk/econjust04/01/2019David Miles22 minsIf our wealth has been acquired unjustly in the past, does that injustice fade or persist? What is the half life of economic injustice?DP13342 The Half Life of Economic InjusticeFinancial, Growth
Superstar economistshttps://voxta.lk/superstar28/12/2018Michael König12 minsWe usually measure the effectiveness of economists by how many papers they publish. But a new measure takes into account their influence on the work of their colleagues as well. Using co-authorship networks to improve research rankingsDP13239 Superstar Economists: Coauthorship networks and research outputIO
Regulating cyber riskhttps://voxta.lk/cybrisk21/12/2018Anil Kashyap, Anne Wetherilt10 minsHow should banks and their regulators manage cyber risk? DP13324 Some Principles for Regulating Cyber RiskFinancial
The end of menhttps://voxta.lk/endmen14/12/2018Henry Siu15 minsWomen with college degrees are becoming more likely to get good jobs, but for college-educated men, the opposite is true. The demand for social skills may explain the trend.DP13323 The "End of Men" and Rise of Women in the High-Skilled Labor MarketLabour, Growth
Short-time workhttps://voxta.lk/shorttime07/12/2018Camille Landais, Giulia Giupponi13 minsEven though countries all over the developed world implemented short-time work policies during the great recession, we didn't know whether they worked. Now we do.DP13310 Subsidizing Labor Hoarding in Recessions: The Employment & Welfare Effects of Short Time WorkLabour, Public
Does prison work?https://voxta.lk/priswork30/11/2018Gordon Dahl16 minsWe are sending more people to prison than ever. But we know surprisingly little about whether, and how, prison sentences cut crime. Incarceration can be rehabilitativePublic
Connecting to powerhttps://voxta.lk/conpower23/11/2018Ufuk Akcigit19 minsFirms like to be politically connected, because it makes it easier for them to do business. But is it good for the rest of us?Taxation and innovation in the 20th century, Immigrants and innovation in US history, Innovation, trade policy, and globalisationDP13216 Connecting to Power: Political Connections, Innovation, and Firm DynamicsGrowth
The world needs more migrantshttps://voxta.lk/migrants16/11/2018Lant Pritchett19 minsIn the developed world popular resistance to immigration is rising. But the rate of migration from poor to rich countries may actually be five times too low.Labour mobility and economic growthDevelopment, Labour
The economics of the Great Warhttps://voxta.lk/greatwar09/11/2018Mark Harrison20 minsIs the history of World War 1 that we learn at school the whole story? Economics can challenge the conventional wisdom about how the war started, why it was won and lost, and its consequences.The economics of the Great WarHistory
The rise of superstar firmshttps://voxta.lk/superfirm02/11/2018John Van Reenen16 minsFirms are becoming more unequal in every country and sector. Is the rise of a few superstar firms good or bad the economy?Superstar firms, market power, and corporate inequality, Declining business dynamism and information technologyIO
Why education reduces crimehttps://voxta.lk/redcrime26/10/2018Stephen Machin12 minsWe know that increasing the school leaving age cuts crime, but why? Why education reduces crimeDP13162 Why Does Education Reduce Crime?Labour, Law
The making of modern Londonhttps://voxta.lk/modlondon19/10/2018Stephen Redding21 minsWhat accounts for London's explosive growth in the 19th and early 20th centuries? The making of the modern metropolisDP13170 The Making of the Modern Metropolis: Evidence from LondonTrade
The next recession will be a bad onehttps://voxta.lk/nextrec12/10/2018Jeffrey Frankel16 minsIn the US, unemployment is at its lowest point for two decades. Wage growth is rising, the economy is growing. But many economists worry about the depth of the next recession.The next recession could be a bad oneFinancial
Women and monetary policyhttps://voxta.lk/womenpol05/10/2018Paola Profeta11 minsFirms in which women are decision-makers tend to behave differently. and that means female central bankers have a measurable effect on monetary policy.Why women matter in monetary policyMonetary, Labour
The impact of innovationhttps://voxta.lk/impinnov28/09/2018Diego Comin17 minsThe FRAME Project was set up to find out the impact of innovation on macroeconomic outcomes such as productivity, job creation, and unemployment.FRAME, Publicly funded applied research pays offIO
The missing profits of nationshttps://voxta.lk/natprofs21/09/2018Thomas Tørsløv, Ludvig Weir19 minsEvery year multinational companies reduce their tax bills by about $200 billion simply by shifting profits to tax havens. Governments criticise tax loopholes and promise to close them. But at the same time they also use them to attract these paper profits to their jurisdiction. The missing profits of nationsPublic
English in Europehttps://voxta.lk/engeuro14/09/2018Shlomo Weber10 minsEnglish is the most widely-spoken language in Europe, but after Brexit it will cease to be an official language of the EU. Shlomo Weber The English language in the EUPublic
IMF reform: An unfinished agendahttps://voxta.lk/IMFreform07/09/2018Barry Eichengreen, Charles Wyplosz, José De Gregorio, Takatoshi Ito29 minsIn the last 20 years, how has the IMF evolved, and what are the threats both to the IMF and the entire multilateral financial system.IMF reform: The unfinished agendaDevelopment, Financial
Populism in Francehttps://voxta.lk/popfrance31/08/2018Daniel Cohen19 minsIn the French presidential election the parties of right and left collapsed, beaten by a political newcomer Why do French voters no longer respond to traditional political messages?Populism on VoxEUPublic
The decline of northern Englandhttps://voxta.lk/decnorth24/08/2018Neil Cummins16 minsAfter a 200-year process of migration, the north of England and Wales lag the south in output per person, educational attainment, and even life expectancy. The decline of northern EnglandHistory, Regional
Financing the war on cancerhttps://voxta.lk/warcancer17/08/2018Ralph Koijen11 minsNew drugs mean that many types of cancer are no longer a death sentence. But new medical treatments may have a catastrophic financial cost for patients. Life insurance, not medical insurance, could finance the war on cancer.Financing the war on cancerPublic
Explaining Germany's recoveryhttps://voxta.lk/germrec10/08/2018Dalia Marin12 minsIn 1997 Germany was called "the sick man of Europe". So what is behind its exceptional recovery? Explaining Germany's exceptional recoveryGrowth
Tax evasion and inequalityhttps://voxta.lk/taxevade03/08/2018Annette Alstadsæter11 minsIt's routine for the rich to dodge tax by hiding it offshore. New whistleblower data tells us much of that wealth has been hidden illegally, and the impact on inequality.Tax evasion and inequalityPublic
Robots and jobshttps://voxta.lk/robotjob01/08/2018Daron Acemoglu18 minsIf the robots are coming for our jobs, how many of us will they actually replace? Robots and jobs, evidence from the USLabour
Will central banks issue digital currencieshttps://voxta.lk/digcurren30/07/2018Beatrice Weder di Mauro11 minsEconomists have long been sceptical of the potential of cryptocurrencies and other electronic forms of money. But are central banks coming round to the idea? Cryptocurrencies' challenge to central banksMonetary
The UK’s post-Brexit US trade dealhttps://voxta.lk/brexdeal27/07/2018Dennis Novy20 minsWhen President Trump spoke of his hope for "a great bilateral trade agreement” with the UK after Brexit, what did he really mean? The fundamental factors behind the Brexit vote, The Brexit vote and inflation – updated evidence
Public, Trade
What caused the growth of the Sicilian Mafia?https://voxta.lk/themafia25/07/2018Giuseppe De Feo13 minsWe all know how films and television tell the story of the Mafia, but what can economics tell us about its origins? Causes and consequences of the Sicilian mafiaLabour, Public
The stubbornly high cost of remittanceshttps://voxta.lk/stubremit23/07/2018Stephen Cechetti, Kim Schoenholtz12 minsFor the families of millions of migrant workers around the world, remittances can literally be a life-saver. But the cost of sending money home remains puzzlingly high. The stubbornly high cost of remittancesFinancial, Development
The return of regional inequalityhttps://voxta.lk/regional20/07/2018Joan Rosés, Nikolaus Wolf14 minsFor most of the 20th century, inequality between Europe's regions declined. But what has happened in the last 40 years? Joan Rosés, Nikolaus Wolf The return of regional inequalityPublic, Regional
How blockchain technology is changing financehttps://voxta.lk/blockfin18/07/2018Simon Johnson13 minsBlockchain technology has the potential to be a catalyst for change in the financial sector. But can it overcome its technical limitations and governance problems? The Blockchain catalyst for changeFinancial

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