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Questions tagged [economy]

Questions relating to economic theory or economic policy of any country or the international community.

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How is innovation measured in private-public partnerships?

It is great that governments invest in innovation and research. Specifically in research done by private public partnerships, they do a lot of controlling to track budget, but how do they measure the ...
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Land reform in Guatemala

Recently, after attending to a conference with some Guatemalan politicians, I began to take interest in this country's socio-economical issues, in particular with regard to land. I that in the 1950s ...
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Are counter-tariffs to the Trump tariffs going through the WTO?

Under WTO rules there is a dispute settlement process which WTO member states are expected to go through to settle trade disputes. Trump has sidestepped this process by declaring the steel and ...
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Who can decide a major restructuring of debt in European Union?

Looking at the evolution of Greece government debt/GDP one can see that it is still at a very high level. (however, the forecast indicates a positive trend). According to Wikipedia's article on the ...
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Was Ted Cruz the only 2016 Republican candidate who's completely against government subsidies for private companies?

After doing some preliminary research on the 2016 Republican field about their positions on subsidies I'm left with the conclusion that Ted Cruz is the only reliably anti-subsidy candidate. Even Rand ...
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Has any government made the unwinding of their US bonds and currency reserves a core public policy plank or a legal requirement?

The betting odds (at time of writing) on a partial US debt default this year were 6/4 - Default and 1/2 - No Default. Considering the odds, this is something of a wake-up call for nations and ...
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Is there a study to measure the effectiveness of lotteries to increase VAT?

Quite recently several countries began using (VAT) lotteries to offer an incentive for people to request a receipt when purchasing goods and services. These countries include Malta, Poland, Slovakia, ...
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Does China hide its original economic information?

Is the economic information released by Chinese government real? Do they have a tendency to skew that information? If yes, why, and how do they do that?
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Below-zero interest rates vs. inflation?

The Economist contemplates three advantages that could result from getting rid of cash in favor of electronic payments only ("with credit cards, mobile phones, and even watches"). It also mentions ...
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Which is the top total tax-revenue increase in the Western World since the Great Depression?

I am interested in knowing about the biggest increases in the total tax revenue as a percentage of the GDP. Total includes everything. In particular it includes: direct and indirect, federal, regional,...
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What's the German or EU view on the definition of currency manipulation?

The US has a statutory definition of currency manipulation; while some US economists don't quite agree with the legal definition, nevertheless the topic is fairly widely discussed in the US in ...
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Why did UK have lax checks on the source of the money coming into the country?

According to this article checks on the source of the money coming into Britain were very lax, thus (at least theoretically) allowing for money laundering: For seven years from 2008, checks on the ...
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How do the Sanders Campaign economic growth models compare to the work of Gerald Friedman?

Recently a group of former Chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers for Democratic presidents released an open letter criticizing the use of Gerald Friedman's work by the Bernie Sanders presidential ...
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Hypothetical situations: private money or absolute monopoly upon money supply

Recently I've read Fon Hayeks book "Denationalisation of Money", where he suggests to stop the central bank monopoly upon the money supply. Create competitive private currencies and let the free ...
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What is the rationale of capping interbanking rates to values significantly lower than inflation rate?

Romania’s finance ministry announced some sort of "tax on greed" for banking sector: Romania’s finance ministry plans to introduce a tax on banking assets from 2019, seeking to cap the interbank ...
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Why is Stability and Growth Pact still maintained?

According to Wikipedia article about Stability and Growth Pact there are many issues related to its implementation: unenforceable against big countries weakened in 2005 to waive France's and Germany'...
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Does the US tax plan being discussed address international tax deferral?

International tax deferral - the principle that taxes on multinational company profits need only be paid when/if those profits are repatriated - is arguably the largest cause for lack of tax revenue ...
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Who are, until now, the biggest losers of the war in Syria?

Are there any studies (which results are publicly available) about the damages caused by the Syrian war to other involved parties? How much does the refugee crisis cost Turkey or EU, for example?
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How much of Puerto Rico's economy is held by mainland individuals and companies?

Puerto Rico was once a Spanish colony, then a US sort-of-a-colony, then a commonwealth with citizenship. I know US agribusiness invested heavily in setting up/expanding a sugar cane industry on the ...