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Macro

Informality and emerging economies

Does the informal labor market buffer the economy from negative shocks? Does it stabilize inflation?

Tech

What’s new with blockchain

The new IPO is with blockchain-based “tokens.”

Inequality

Democracy and economics

Is it time for a new social contract?

Inequality

Towards a new jobs economy

Autor and Rodrik on the work of the future.

Oil

Ready for higher oil prices?

As US policy towards Iran might lead to higher oil prices, how will inflation be affected.

Monetary Policy

Is the Fed’s independence on the line?

The White House’s two nominees for the Federal Reserve Board raise concerns about whether it is possible to insulate the central bank from partisan politics in the U.S.

Books

New and noteworthy books in economics (April)

Four great books: on Brexit; on the 2008 financial crisis written by the main “players”;  on the successes and failures of  free-market economics; and  on a fresh  way to look at inequality.

Tech

“The biggest puzzle in economics”

We live in a superstar economy which lacks any actual superstar firms!

Macro

On collective agreements

Collective bargaining in Italy and Germany: what are the differences?

Inequality

Views on immigration and redistribution

“The traditionally socially generous and inclusive policies of European countries face the dilemma of natives favoring them for themselves but opposing them for immigrants.”

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