Economic Policy Issues for the Next Decade

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-12-01
  • Publisher: Kluwer Academic Pub
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There are several reasons why it has become important to rethink economic policy. Out of the European perspective it is the new currency, the enlargement towards Central and Eastern European countries, the sluggish growth and the end of productivity convergence towards the USA and the insufficient creation of employment. From the transatlantic perspective increasing differences in the economic policy and the potential rise of conflicts between Europe and the USA, for example, in trade, competition and health issues are important. The current volume touches most, but not all of these topics. It starts with the overview by Joseph Stiglitz on policy issues. Then macroeconomics policy is discussed, followed by the problem of an ageing society and European enlargement. Differences between Europe and the USA are large in taxation and in the role of public finance. The relative competitiveness of countries as well as of Europe will be decided by investments into new technologies and progression towards the Science Based Economy. In the final section the role of economists in shaping the economic agenda and giving policy advice is discussed.

Table of Contents

The Case for a New Policy Framework
Economic Policy for the 21st Century
The Future of Macroeconomic Policy in the European Union
The Future of Macroeconomic Policy in the European Union
Economics Policies - Old and New?
The Case for Straightening Out Macroeconomic Policy in the European Union
Economic Policy Consequences of Population Ageing
Towards a Positive Equilibrium for Ageing Societies
Population Ageing - A Problem not a Crisis
Economic and Social Policy in an Ageing Europe: Employment and Pensions
The German Pension Reform - A Major Improvement on a PAYG System
Activation as an Option for an Ageing Society
The Potential benefits and Risks of the Enlargement of the Union in Central Europe
Eastern Enlargement: Some Basics
Optimal Path into the EMU: Big Bank or Gradualism?
Institutional Aspects of EU Enlargement
Health not Wealth
What Can We learn About Labour Market Adjustment in Candidate Countries from Literature?
The Future of Public Finance
International Tax Competition: A New Framework for Analysis
An Age of Diminished Taxation?
What Future for The EC Budget?
The Development of Tax Structures in the EU Member States
Competitiveness in the Science-Based Economy
The Public Policy Challenge of the New Economy
Competitiveness in the Science-Based Economy - The Irish Experience
Institutions and Innovation in the European Union
What Do We Know About the New Economy?
The Scope for Economic Policy Advice
Empirical Economics Research and Economic Policy Advice: Some Remarks
Economic Policy Consulting: Some Personal Reflections
Political Economy in Economic Policy Advice
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