Austerity plans in southern European countries (Greece, Portugal, Spain, and Italy) have so far yielded mixed results (Salto 2013). On the one hand, the primary budget balances of these countries have improved, and their risk premiums are now stabilised at a much lower level than during the crisis peak.
Tax evasion and austerity-plan failure
Francesco Pappadà, Yanos Zylberberg, 3 February 2014
European merger policy reform
Tomaso Duso, Klaus Gugler, Florian Szücs, 26 January 2014
In May 2004, the legal basis for merger evaluation in the EU was substantially revised. By then, it was apparent that the old legislation – which first came into force in 1989 – was lacking in a number of ways.
The new sustainability factor of the public pension system in Spain
Rafael Doménech, Víctor Pérez-Díaz, 11 December 2013
As in many other European countries, long-term trends in population growth and life expectancy in Spain make the current pay-as-you-go pension system unsustainable. A later baby boom and a recent immigration wave help explain why Spain has postponed the implementation of reforms already introduced in other European countries in the 1990s (see, for example, Chapter 1 of OECD 2012).
The determinants of banks’ liquidity buffers and the role of liquidity regulation
Clemens Bonner, Iman van Lelyveld, Robert Zymek, 1 November 2013
Until recently, liquidity risk was not the main focus of banking regulators. However, the 2007–2009 crisis showed how rapidly market conditions can change, exposing severe liquidity risks for some institutions. Although capital buffers were effective in reducing liquidity stress to some extent, they were not always sufficient.
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Xavier Freixas, Christian Laux, 17 April 2012
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Peter Tillmann, 23 February 2012
Looking beyond the incumbent: The effects of exposing corruption on electoral outcomes
Ana De La O, Alberto Chong, Dean Karlan, Léonard Wantchékon, 23 January 2012
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Central banks’ voting records and future policy
Kateřina Šmídková, Jan Zapal, Roman Horváth, 13 November 2011
Monetary-policy transparency has several dimensions, such as volume, quality, and timeliness of disclosed information. Transparency-cautious central banks typically release the voting records from monetary-policy meetings together with the minutes.
The damaged ECB legitimacy
Anne Sibert, 15 September 2011
The ECB’s role has evolved in its decade-long existence. In this note I describe how the choices of the ECB have damaged the institution’s legitimacy.
Drawing a line under Europe’s crisis
Barry Eichengreen, 17 June 2010
Financial crises feed on uncertainty. The longer uncertainty is allowed to linger, the greater the damage to confidence and the more difficult it becomes to repair. It is essential therefore that European policymakers move decisively to draw a line under the crisis.
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