The vanishing bequest tax

Bequest tax revenues have been constantly declining in all OECD countries for at least seventy years. Recent policy debate and legislative proposals, in countries such as the US, the UK, France, and Italy, are signaling a further acceleration of the decline of this tax. As I have argued in recent editorials in vox and la […]

Academic productivity and the academic job market in economics

Several researchers have recently pointed at an evolution in the research productivity in top economics departments over the past few decades.   Kim, Morse and Zingales (2006)[1] find that in the 1970s belonging to an elite university had a sizeable impact on individual productivity, while this effect had disappeared in the 1990s. They attribute this […]

Immigration and citizenship

In the past few decades, Europe has been experiencing increasing immigration. One of the consequences of this trend has been a renewed attention for citizenship policy. Historically, the regulation on the matter of citizenship has been remarkably stable. On the contrary, today we witness an intense legislative activity which is quickly changing the rules of […]

The vanishing bequest tax

Bequest tax revenues have been constantly declining in all OECD countries for at least  seventy years. Recent policy debate and legislative proposals, in countries such as the US, the UK, France, and Italy, are signaling a further acceleration of the decline of this tax. As I have argued in recent editorials in vox and la […]

The allocation of EU research funds across member countries

As is well known, the European Union (EU) devotes a substantial amount of resources to research. The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), which has just been launched in 2007, will be funding  European research until 2013 with a budget of over €50 billion. FP7 has introduced important innovations in the way resources are distributed. First, the […]