The value of democracy in the world’s poorest region: Evidence from Kenya’s road building

Ameet Morjaria, 5 February 2014

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An enormous literature points to a diverse set of factors behind Africa’s growth tragedy, ranging from bad policies, poor education, and poor infrastructure, to aging leaders, the historic slave trade, and political instability.

Topics: Development, Institutions and economics, Politics and economics
Tags: Africa, autocracy, democracy, ethnic inequality, public finance

The fiscal consequences of unrestricted immigration from Romania and Bulgaria

Joakim Ruist, 18 January 2014

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Since 1 January, citizens of Romania and Bulgaria have the same freedom of movement inside the European Union as citizens of other member states.

Topics: EU policies, Europe's nations and regions, Migration, Welfare state and social Europe
Tags: fiscal burden, immigration policy, public finance

Eastern European migrants are net contributors – not costs – in the West

Joakim Ruist, 17 September 2013

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In 2004 when the EU expanded from 15 to 25 member countries, all EU15 countries except Sweden made use of the possibility to temporarily restrict the new EU citizens’ access to their labour markets and welfare systems for up to seven years. The UK and Ireland only imposed minor restrictions.

Topics: Migration
Tags: Eastern Europe, EU, public finance

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