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Der Spiegel
Bringt eine Zollunion die Lösung? / Will a customs union bring the solution?

"How unequal power relations can be, is shown by the example of Turkey, whose customs union with the EU has hitherto been limited to industrial products. If the EU lowers the industrial tariffs for a particular trading partner, then Turkey must do likewise. In return, it does not automatically get better access to the market of this country. The market access agreements are 'deeply asymmetrical', according to Holger Breinlich, an economist at Surrey University."

LSE Business Review
As the Phoenicians sailed across the Mediterranean, they spread mice and growth

One of the first major trade expansions in human history provides early evidence that trade promotes growth, write Jan David Bakker, Stephan Maurer, Jorn-Steffen Pischke and Ferdinand Rauch.

Britene er fortsatt i EU. Men brexit har alt hatt store omkostninger / The British are still in the EU. But brexit has all had great costs

The value of the British pound is ten percent lower than in 2016. A study by the Center for Economic Performance estimated that increased inflation had cost an average household an estimated weekly wage all the first year after the referendum.

Keynote speech at the European Conference of Social Work Research
Tania Burchardt

Dr. Tania Burchardt gave the keynote speech on 12th April 2019 at the European Conference of Social Work Research in Leuven, Belgium, on “How could a ‘capability approach’ influence social work practice?”.

The presentation slides are available here (pdf)

Oriana Bandiera joint winner with Imran Rasul of the 2019 Yrjö Jahnsson Award in Economics

Congratulations to Oriana Bandiera, director of STICERD and Sir Anthony Atkinson Professor of Economics at LSE, and to Imran Rasul, Professor of Economics at UCL, who have been jointly awareded the 2019 Yrjo Jahnsson Prize in Economics.

Oriana Bandiera (pictured left) and Imran Rasul are applied microeconomists. Their work on the role of social relationships in economics, advanced through pioneering field experiments in the workplace and social networks, has provided salient contributions to economics, especially to the fields of personnel economics and development.

An important contribution of their work is that their experiments have become a role model for randomized control trials for incentive treatments and they have deeply influenced the applied microeconomics field. Their transformative work has inspired a generation of applied economists.

About the award

In 1993 the Finnish Yrjo Jahnsson Foundation established a biennial award, called the Yrjo Jahnsson Award in Economics, for a European economist no older than 45 years old who has made a contribution in theoretical and applied research that is significant to economics in Europe. The European Economic Association (EEA) cooperates with the Yrjo Jahnsson Foundation in the selection of the award winners. In 2019, the EEA and the Yrjo Jahnsson Foundation decided to extend the the age limit in certain circumstances, such as for maternity leave (12 months per child), long-term illness, or national mandatory military service.

The EEA and the Yrjo Jahnsson Foundation approved the Selection Committee's decision. 2019 Yrjo Jahnsson Award Selection Committee - Orazio Attanasio, Armin Falk, Eliana La Ferrara, Kjetil Storesletten and Hannu Vartiainen.

Oriana and Imran will be presented with their Award during the annual EEA Congress to be held in Manchester, United Kingdom (August 2019)

For further information please visit the European Economic Association website.

ESRC New Investigator award granted to
Xavier Jaravel

Dr Xavier Jaravel, Assistant Professor of Economics and Associate of the Public Economics Programme at STICERD, has been awarded an ESRC New Investigator award to undertake research on the distributional effects of prices.

The project has three objectives: (1) to advance our understanding of the impact of price changes over time and across countries on inequality and standards of living; (2) to advance our understanding of the price effects of specific policies (namely: redistribution policies; trade policies; and monetary policy); (3) to enable researchers, policymakers and the general public to access new data on prices so that they are able to conduct their own analyses on prices, policies, inequality, and standards of living.