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Basic income has been touted
as a libertarian answer to the bloated welfare state. With a pedigree that goes
back to Milton Friedman, it has proved attractive to free marketers as well as
leftists. But it could also prove an immense threat to personal freedom.
Dr. Emmanuel Martin
Donald Trump has threatened to erect trade barriers to create jobs and boost wages
in the United States. These goals won’t be reached through protectionist
measures, which more likely will be used as a geopolitical bargaining chip. Instead,
Mr. Trump’s economic policy will hinge on the success of his plan to cut
corporate tax rates and weaken the dollar.
Professor Enrico Colombatto
Ghana’s independence in 1957, its governments steadily reformed the country’s
tax regime in the hope of spurring growth by developing an industrial base and
an effective, sustainable system of financing social programs. Not all the
schemes have worked as desired, but today Ghana is among Africa’s most stable
and economically diversified states.
Europe without diapers and toilet paper? It's not beyond imagining if politicians follow the example of Venezuela and run their businesses into the ground.
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
The Panama Papers scandal of April 2016, in which scores of prominent people, including heads of state, were identified as connected to offshore companies in the world’s best-known tax havens, invites one general observation and raises two important issues.
Argentine President Mauricio Macri must cope with an energy sector in dire straits. Policy over the past decade has been inconsistent and often counterproductive. Subsidies weigh heavily on public finances. However, reforming the hydrocarbon extraction and refining industries should prove far easier politically than solving the country’s challenges in electricity p...
Dr. Noel Maurer
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth