Economic Convergence or Divergence in the EU?

by Cinzia Alcidi, Christian Bodewig, Brigitte Preissl
October, 2018

In preparation for the forthcoming annual conference of Intereconomics, three experts who will be speaking at the event will answer some of the core questions on the theme. They are: Cinzia Alcidi, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Economic Policy Unit, CEPS Christian Bodewig, Programme Manager, Southern Europe, World Bank and co-author, “Growing United: Upgrading … Continued

An examination of the labour market transitions of minimum wage workers

by Paul Redmond, Seamus McGuinness, Bertrand Maître
October, 2018

A new ESRI study, funded by the Low Pay Commission, finds that minimum wage workers are more likely to transition to higher pay than remain on the minimum wage. Over a nine month period, approximately 30 percent of minimum wage employees transitioned to higher pay, with 18 percent staying on the minimum wage. The vast … Continued

Basic Income and Flat Tax: The Italian Scenario

by Nizamul Islam, Ugo Colombino
October, 2018

The design of a nationwide policy of minimum income or basic income in Italy, comparable to the policies implemented in most European countries, is still a working enterprise. A first proposal to fill the gap was formulated by the “Commissione Onofri” (Onofri 1997) appointed by a Centre-Left Government. The proposal was tested in a sample … Continued

Employment creation in EU related to renewables expansion

by Panagiotis Fragkos, Leonidas Paroussos
September, 2018

Expansion of renewable energy is a key element in the EU Energy and Climate policy framework, as is contributes to Greenhouse Gas reduction and improved energy security, while they can also create employment opportunities. There has been an intense debate on the quantification of these employment effects. Most studies have focused on estimating gross employment … Continued

Digital Age – Employment and working conditions of selected types of platform work: National context analysis Germany

by Willem Pieter De Groen, Zachary Kilhoffer, Karolien Lenaerts
September, 2018

This working paper is the country contribution for Germany for Eurofound’s research project ‘Digital age: Employment and working conditions of selected types of platform work’. It explores the context of platform work in Germany in terms of the applicable regulatory frameworks as well as the organisation and representation of platform workers in the country. The … Continued

Consumer Credit, Digitalisation and Behavioural Economics: Are new protection rules needed?

by Sylvain Bouyon, Janna Ayoub
September, 2018

In 2008, the Consumer Credit Directive (CCD) was significantly changed by adopting a targeted harmonisation approach that aimed at standardising information disclosure duties and imposing similar rights all around the EU. Ten years later, this new version of the CCD has increased consumer protection in some EU countries. At the same time, however, it has … Continued