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Avoiding a requiem for the WTO

As the only global international organisation dealing with the rules of trade between nations, the World Trade Organisation should be the place where governments sort out the trade problems they face with each other. However, in recent years, WTO members have not...

Platform mergers and antitrust

This is an updated version of the Working Paper: Platform mergers and antitrust published by Bruegel in January 2021.  Platform ecosystems rely on economies of scale, data-driven economies of scope, high quality algorithmic systems, and strong network effects that...

[LIVE] A transatlantic climate alliance

 President Biden is visiting Brussels for the first time since his inauguration on 14 June, with great expectations by European commentators to forge a closer transatlantic cooperation. Prior to his visit, Giuseppe Porcaro and Simone Tagliapietra are joined by Ana...

The coming productivity boom

The coming productivity boom

This blog was originally published on the MIT Technology Review.   The last 15 years have been tough times for many Americans, but there are now encouraging signs of a turnaround. Productivity growth, a key driver for higher living standards, averaged only 1.3% since...

Climate change and lifestyle choices

Climate change and lifestyle choices

This piece was originally published in the Money Review section of Kathimerini and El Economista. In the European Union, support for fighting climate change is very strong. Almost all (93%) of EU citizens see climate change as a serious problem according to a recent...

Inflation!? Germany, the euro area and the European Central Bank

Public inflation scare? An inflation scare has erupted – at least in some countries. Interest in the term ‘inflation’ as measured by Google searches has hit a high in the United States (Figure 1). In Europe, meanwhile, interest has been increasing in Germany and the...