Archivi categoria: Politica economica e attualità

dollarmascherina

E’ probabilmente banale affermare che questo virus cambierà non solo le nostre abitudini sanitarie e sociali, ma le fondamenta del nostro assetto economico. Da chi dice che verremo forzatamente proiettati nell’era dello smart working, a chi dice che assisteremo alla nascita dell’Europa unita, le voci di molti sedicenti profeti si fanno sentire. Com’è giusto che sia: il nostro gusto per il dramma e lo spettacolo diventa insaziabile in momenti di crisi. Non è mio interesse stabilire qui il valore di verità di queste affermazioni. Però mi aggiungo con gusto alla schiera dei profeti perché il dramma e lo spettacolo piacciono anche a me.

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By toonpool.com

‘Eurobonds’ are securities denominated in a foreign (respect to the country of issuing) currency. Then, why everybody is so concerned, especially now days, about something that exist since 1963 – when Autostrade issued in Italy for the first time 60.000 bonds denominated in U.S. Dollar? Well, the ‘Eurobond’ we are talking about is also called ‘stability bond’, a government’s bond, denominated in euro, issued jointly by eurozone states. Again, ‘what’s the point?’, we all know sovereign is issued also, if not primary, through traded securities. The point here is what is underlying the issues of common government securities, i.e. interest rates and collaterals.

 

In this series of articles, we will explain what Eurobonds are, why there are so many concerns around them and if they could be developed someday soon. In particular, we will go through European peculiarities and we will analyse all viable options to face extreme conditions as it is for COVID-19.

 

Someone tried to bribe Germany

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art1_vardy

Among the intense debate about the European Stability Mechanism, some economists claim that under the ESM conditionalities Italy would finally implement the structural reforms it needs to enhance its productivity and competitiveness. Although economists have asked these measures for years, politicians have been too populist and selfish to endanger their popularity and approve unpopular policies in the short-term, but that would strengthen Italian economy in the long-term. This view is widely shared inside economics departments, also among many students. Despite its diffusion, this claim is wrong because it implies that economics oversteps its boundaries by imposing political decisions in an authoritarian way. In this article I explain my view after having briefly discussed the features of ESM and its effectiveness (when I talk about ESM borrowings I do not mention the unconditional borrowings up to 2% of GDP approved during the last Eurogroup).

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rethinking_people

The Covid-19 crisis highlights the unescapable weaknesses of the grounds of the European project. History is calling us, asking for inevitable changes for a better future, leaving behind what has already been proved not to work.
For this reason, we propose some measures which face the inconsistencies of the institutional and economic system of the European Union, both for the most effective response to the emergency and for a medium-long run horizon.

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rethinking_people

La crisi innescata dal virus Covid-19 ha messo in risalto le debolezze strutturali della costruzione del progetto europeo. La portata storica di questo avvenimento ci pone davanti ad inevitabili cambiamenti che occorre governare e indirizzare con forza, cogliendo l’occasione di lasciarsi alle spalle ciò che già da prima aveva dimostrato di non funzionare.
Le proposte che avanziamo intendono far fronte alle carenze del sistema economico-istituzionale europeo sia per un’efficace gestione dell’emergenza sia per una sua trasformazione nel medio-lungo periodo.

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stayhome

Have you ever wondered about how much your life is worth? Economists have always tried to give monetary value to people’s lives. Nowadays, this issue gets even hotter, since policymakers have to take into account all costs and benefits deriving from shutting down the world economy: when will the benefits of saving lives by ‘flattening the curve’ of infected individuals be outweighed by its costs?

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By toonpool.com

‘Eurobonds’ are securities denominated in a foreign (respect to the country of issuing) currency. Then, why everybody is so concerned, especially now days, about something that exist since 1963 – when Autostrade issued in Italy for the first time 60.000 bonds denominated in U.S. Dollar? Well, the ‘Eurobond’ we are talking about is also called ‘stability bond’, a government’s bond, denominated in euro, issued jointly by eurozone states. Again, ‘what’s the point?’, we all know sovereign is issued also, if not primary, through traded securities. The point here is what is underlying the issues of common government securities, i.e. interest rates and collaterals.
In this series of articles, we will explain what Eurobonds are, why there are so many concerns around them and if they could be developed someday soon. In particular, we will go through European peculiarities and we will analyse all viable options to face extreme conditions as it is for COVID-19.

 

BACK TO 90s: THE FIRST PROPOSAL FOR EUROBONDS

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By toonpool.com

‘Eurobonds’ are debt securities denominated in a currency foreign to the country of issuing. Then, why everybody is so concerned, especially nowadays, about something that exists since 1963, the year when Autostrade issued the world’s first 60.000 Eurobonds denominated in U.S. Dollar? The answer is simple: the same word is also used to define another concept. The ‘Eurobond’ we are talking about is also called ‘stability bond’, a government bond, denominated in euro, issued jointly by the eurozone states. How is it different from the usual sovereign debt?
The point here is what is underlying the issues of common government securities, i.e. interest rates and collaterals.
In this series of articles, we will explain what Eurobonds are, why there are so many concerns around them and if they could be developed someday soon. In particular, we will go through European peculiarities and analyse all viable options to face extreme circumstances  as it is for COVID-19.

Why everybody messed up with debt

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