Better Capitalised Banks Lend More and Lend Better

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By Stephen G. Cecchetti & Kermit L. Schoenholtz Are higher capital requirements really a drag on economic growth? Many people seem to think so. We...

Tax Avoidance: Between Temptation and Trouble

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By Matthias Kasper and Erich Kirchler Fostering tax compliance is a key challenge for global politics. Public revenues need to be protected, and confidence needs...

Japan and the Monetary Policy Magical Mystery Tour

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By Richard Westra With 1970s galloping inflation threatening to bring down the US economy and with it the US dollar based global trading order, Milton...

Implications of Islamic Finance in Africa’s Socio-Economic Development

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By Basheer Oshodi Africa, a continent which still feels the scars of slave trade, the wounds of colonialism and apartheid, the disaster of neo-liberalisation, and...

Why Have Politicians Abandoned Economic and Financial Policies to Non-Elected Bankers?

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By Rodrigue Tremblay Since 1999, non-elected bankers have been in charge of economic policy in the US and other countries, with questionable results. Are we...

Rejuvenating the European Economy: The Role of Islamic Finance

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By Sohail Jaffer Commenting on the sharp decline in European banks’ share prices in the early weeks of 2016, which it described as a “concern”,...

From Hyper-Finance to Secular Stagnation & Mass Unemployment

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By Michel-Henry Bouchet and Robert Isaak In this article, the authors advocate policies to counter the decoupling of finance from the real economy of productive...

Should Economists Care About Ethics?

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By  Jonathan Wight Whether conscious of it or not, economists rely on ethical norms and principles to carry out research and to inform policy choices....

Luxury Taxation, Good for Economic Development?

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By Patrick Imam Developing countries are struggling to mobilise resources to finance social and infrastructural development. The author argues that one avenue is to tax...

Where Have All the American Banks Gone?

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By Robert E. Wright and Richard Sylla With the evolution of banking over the years, many banks have flourished and declined in America. It has...

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