Economy

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Unter den Linden 1, Berlin : Workshop "Market power trends: Evidence and implications for Germany and Europe"

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Study: Multinational firms spreading banking crises could cost UK economy billions

In the EU Single Market, companies operate across national borders with branches throughout Europe. This promotes competition and growth. But firm networks across Europe can help banking crises spread, finds a new study by Bertelsmann Stiftung. A banking crisis abroad would hit the UK economy by up to 30 billion euros annually through foreign firms operating in the UK – and a UK banking crisis due to Brexit would hit European economies equally hard.

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Study: Beyond Investment Screening

A new study explores how Europe could expand its toolbox to address economic risks from Chinese state capitalism.

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Policy Brief: The Single Market, welfare and population size – an analysis of EU countries and regions

The Single European Market brings about significant income gains: For instance, fewer barriers to trade are likely to increase competition and boost the productivity of firms. The income gains also make the participating countries more attractive as a place to live and work. This policy paper simulates changes in population size in the hypothetical event of a dissolution of the Single Market in order to estimate “second round” effects of the Single Market on economic growth.

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Study: The West has long had its own "Silk Road"

China is propagating its "Belt & Road Initiative" as a development initiative for the Eurasian continent, thereby pursuing geopolitical ambitions. Yet Europe need not feel small in light of China’s efforts. As a comparison of Western and Chinese financial flows reveals: The West is investing just as much in countries of the so-called "Silk Road" and is the better partner for many countries.

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Economic Regulation: Avoiding a Repeat Performance of the Financial Crisis

As economists predict that another global recession is in the wings, have international leaders done their homework in the wake of the last global financial crisis?

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Study: Digital skills will be more important

What level of digital competency do people in Germany have? A representative survey carried out on behalf of the Bertelsmann Stiftung shows there’s still a considerable need for support – especially among the older Generation.

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Policy Paper: EU Cohesion Policy – A suitable tool to foster innovation?

Across Europe, regions are divided into innovation leaders and laggard regions – the latter referring to places that lag behind in terms of GDP per capita and R&D expenditure. This innovation gap in turn threatens to reinforce existing welfare differences. The EU recently shifted its focus towards funding innovation to deal with these disparities. Is this strategy working?

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Asia Briefing: The Age of Asia

For more than 500 years, ever since the dawn of the European colonial age, the fate of countries and peoples in Asia, Africa and the Americas was shaped by developments and decisions made in Europe – and, later, the United States. But the West's centuries-long domination of world affairs is now coming to a close. The root cause of this change is the extraordinary economic development in Asia over the last fifty years. Western political power was founded on technological, military and economic dominance – but these advantages are fast eroding.

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Policy Brief: Local infrastructure and economic opportunities: What do Europeans think about their neighbourhood?

In a recent eupinions survey, we set out to explore what people in Europe think about their neighbourhood, the quality of local infrastructure and of economic opportunities in their area. While the results show a generally high degree of satisfaction with living conditions “on the ground”, satisfaction levels differ for example between respondents living in rural and those living in urban areas. What stands out however is the overall pessimistic judgement of economic opportunities for young people.