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Investment Challenges in Energy, Transport & Digital Markets: A Forward Looking Perspective

Investment Challenges in Energy, Transport & Digital Markets: A Forward Looking Perspective

November 2016

This report looks at the specific investment challenges facing the energy, transport and digital market sectors.

Topics: Economic policy coordination; Structural policies, growth and development; Financing investment

Series: Institutional Papers

 
Joint Report on Health Care and Long-Term Care Systems & Fiscal Sustainability

Joint Report on Health Care and Long-Term Care Systems & Fiscal Sustainability

October 2016

This report, prepared by the staff of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs and the Economic Policy Committee (Ageing Working Group), presents policy challenges for health care and long term care, and options on how to contain spending pressures through efficiency gains, in order to ensure fiscally sustainable access to good quality services for all.

Topics: Economic policy coordination; Public finances; Structural policies, growth and development; EU Member State economies

 
Cost-Containment Policies in Hospital Expenditure in the European Union

Cost-Containment Policies in Hospital Expenditure in the European Union

September 2016

This paper summarises documented evidence on a number of policies to contain costs in the hospital sector.

Topics: Public financesStructural policies, growth and development
Series: Discussion Papers

 
Post-Programme Surveillance Report. Ireland, Spring 2016

Post-Programme Surveillance Report. Ireland, Spring 2016

September 2016

This report by the European Commission presents the findings of the fifth post-programme surveillance mission to Ireland and identifies remaining challenges for the Irish economy.

Topics: EU member state economies, Public finances, Structural policies, growth and development

Series: Institutional Papers

 
An Economic Take on the Refugee Crisis - A Macroeconomic Assessment for the EU

An Economic Take on the Refugee Crisis - A Macroeconomic Assessment for the EU

July 2016

This report focuses on asylum seekers and refugees, presenting a first assessment of the impacts of the unexpected inflows of these individuals on the economies of the EU.

Topics: Economic policy coordination; Public finances; Structural policies, growth and development; EU Member State economies; Economic indicators; Labour markets

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State-Owned Enterprises in the EU: Lessons Learnt and Ways Forward in a Post-Crisis Context

State-Owned Enterprises in the EU: Lessons Learnt and Ways Forward in a Post-Crisis Context

July 2016

A look at state-owned enterprises in the EU; their importance, financial performance, implications for public finances, and potential for reform.

Topics: Public finances ; Structural policies, growth and development ; Product markets

Series: Institutional Papers

 
Greenfield Foreign Direct Investment and Structural Reforms in Europe: what factors determine investments?

Greenfield Foreign Direct Investment and Structural Reforms in Europe: what factors determine investments?

June 2016

This report looks at the factors that influence the flows of new foreign direct investment across the EU, with a particular focus on the role of product market and business climate regulation.

Topics: Structural policies, growth and development ; EU Member State economies ; Financing investment ;

Series: Discussion Papers

 
Macroeconomic Relevance of Insolvency Frameworks in a High-debt Context: An EU Perspective

Macroeconomic Relevance of Insolvency Frameworks in a High-debt Context: An EU Perspective

June 2016

A look at insolvency frameworks in the EU and their macroeconomic relevance for dealing with high levels of debt and non-performing loans.

Topics: Structural policies, growth and development ; Financial markets

Series: Discussion Papers

 
Regulation, Red Tape and Location Choices of Top R&D Investors

Regulation, Red Tape and Location Choices of Top R&D Investors

May 2016

A look at how product market regulation, labour laws and red tape influence where multinational corporations choose to invest in research and development.

Topics: Structural policies, growth and development ; Labour markets ; Product markets

Series: Discussion Paper

 
Italy’s Productivity Conundrum. A Study on Resource Misallocation in Italy

Italy’s Productivity Conundrum. A Study on Resource Misallocation in Italy

May 2016

The study provides an assessment of resource misallocation in Italy and of its role in explaining the country's sluggish productivity growth since the early 1990s.

Topics: Structural policies, growth and development

Series: Discussion Paper

 
Quarterly Report on the Euro Area (QREA), Vol.15, No.1 (2016)

Quarterly Report on the Euro Area (QREA), Vol.15, No.1 (2016)

April 2016

Structural reform measures underway in Italy, France, Spain and Portugal could have significant economic benefits and raise GDP, model simulations presented in this edition of the QREA show. Other chapters in this edition look at the effects of population ageing and slowing total factor productivity growth on GDP, inflation and interest rates; and the drivers of total factor productivity growth.

Topics: Economic policy coordination ; Structural policies, growth and development ; EU Member State economies ; Labour markets

 
The Economic Impact of Selected Structural Reform Measures in Italy, France, Spain and Portugal

The Economic Impact of Selected Structural Reform Measures in Italy, France, Spain and Portugal

April 2016

This paper presents a rigorous methodology for analysing the potential impact of structural reforms by looking at actual measures in four Member States (Italy, France, Spain and Portugal). The model simulations show that the selected reform measures examined could have significant economic benefits in terms of GDP and employment.

Topics: Structural policies, growth and development; EU Member State economiesLabour markets; Product markets

Series: Institutional Papers

 
The G20 and the EU: A Win-Win Game

The G20 and the EU: A Win-Win Game

April 2016

This article analyses the role played by the European Union in the ‘G20 finance track.’

Topics: Economic policy coordination ; International economics and non-EU economies ; Structural policies, growth and development

Series: Economic Briefs

 
Economic growth in Slovakia: Past successes and future challenges

Economic growth in Slovakia: Past successes and future challenges

March 2016

This papers looks at the drivers of economic growth in Slovakia before and since the crisis.

Topics: Structural policies, growth and development ; EU Member State economies

Series: Economic Briefs

 
Post-Programme Surveillance Report - Ireland, Autumn 2015

Post-Programme Surveillance Report - Ireland, Autumn 2015

January 2016

This report by the European Commission presents the findings of the fourth post-programme surveillance mission to Ireland and identifies remaining challenges for the Irish economy.

Topics: EU Member State economies ; Public finances ; Structural policies, growth and development

Series: Institutional Papers

 
Quarterly Report on the Euro Area (QREA), Vol.14, No.4 (2015)

Quarterly Report on the Euro Area (QREA), Vol.14, No.4 (2015)

January 2016

This edition of the QREA reviews the issue of shocks and adjustment in the light of recent crises. It analyses the functioning of a key internal adjustment process in EMU, the "relative price mechanism", as well as the "real interest rate mechanism". It also reviews the different implications of high levels of indebtedness.

Topics: Economic policy coordination; Structural policies, growth and development; EU Member State economies; Labour markets;

 
Progress towards meeting the economic criteria for EU accession: the EU Commission's 2015 assessments

Progress towards meeting the economic criteria for EU accession: the EU Commission's 2015 assessments

December 2015

A compilation of the economic chapters of the European Commission’s 2015 Country Reports on countries looking to join the EU.

Topics: Structural policies, growth and development ; International economics and non-EU economies ; Enlargement

Series: Institutional Papers

 
The Impact of Rapid Credit Growth on Slovakia’s Housing Market

The Impact of Rapid Credit Growth on Slovakia’s Housing Market

December 2015

This paper looks at the macroeconomic impact of the growth in lending for home purchases in Slovakia and suggests policies that could make the housing market more resilient.

Topics: Structural policies, growth and development, EU Member State economies, Public finances, Financial markets

Series: Economic Briefs

 
The Maghreb: Macroeconomic Performance, Reform Challenges and Integration with the EU

The Maghreb: Macroeconomic Performance, Reform Challenges and Integration with the EU

December 2015

A look at the economic situation in Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia four years after the Arab Spring and the relationship of these countries with the EU.

Topics: International economics and non-EU economies; Structural policies, growth and development; Public finances

Series: Economic Briefs

 
An assessment of the relative quality of the Output Gap estimates produced by the EU's Production Function Methodology

An assessment of the relative quality of the Output Gap estimates produced by the EU's Production Function Methodology

December 2015

This paper assesses the performance of the EU’s production function methodology for estimating output gaps.

Topics: Public finances ; Economic policy coordination ; Structural policies, growth and development

Series: Discussion Paper

 
The Economic Adjustment Programme for Cyprus – 7th Review Summer 2015

The Economic Adjustment Programme for Cyprus – 7th Review Summer 2015

October 2015

This report assesses Cyprus’ compliance with the terms and conditions of its economic adjustment programme.

Topics: Structural policies, growth and development ; Financial assistance programmes ; EU Member State economies ; Public finances ; Economic crisis

Series: Institutional Papers

 
Tax reforms in EU Member States 2015 – Tax policy challenges for economic growth and fiscal sustainability

Tax reforms in EU Member States 2015 – Tax policy challenges for economic growth and fiscal sustainability

September 2015

Author(s): Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN) and Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union (TAXUD), European Commission

This annual report, prepared by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs and the Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union, aims to make a contribution to discussions on tax policy in the EU through an analysis of tax policy challenges and recent reforms in the EU Member States.

Topics: Public finances; Economic policy coordination; Structural policies, growth and development

Series: Institutional Papers

 
Forward to a New Normal: An overview of the ECFIN Fellowship Papers

Forward to a New Normal: An overview of the ECFIN Fellowship Papers

September 2015

Author(s): Karl Pichelmann, Erik Ruscher, Michael Thiel

With a return to pre-crisis economic policies neither possible nor desirable, DG ECFIN asked scholars to map out the ‘new economic normal’. In this Economic Brief, Karl Pichelmann, Eric Ruscher and Michael Thiel of DG ECFIN, provide an overview of the contributions to the DG ECFIN’s 2014-2015 Fellowship Initiative “Growth, integration and structural convergence revisited”.

Topics: Economic policy coordination ; Structural policies, growth and development ; EU Member State economies

Series: Economic Briefs

 
Small Firms and Domestic Bank Dependence in Europe’s Great Recession

Small Firms and Domestic Bank Dependence in Europe’s Great Recession

September 2015

Author(s): Mathias Hoffmann, Bent E. Sorensen

Mathias Hoffmann (University of Zurich & CESifo) and Bent E. Sørensen (University of Houston & CEPR) look at the relationship between the dependency of small firms on domestic banks and their vulnerability to global banking sector shocks.

This Discussion Paper was prepared under DG ECFIN’s 2014-2015 Fellowship Initiative “Growth, integration and structural convergence revisited”.

Topics: Economic policy coordination

Series: Discussion Papers

 
EU Policy Making and Growing Inequalities

EU Policy Making and Growing Inequalities

September 2015

Author(s): Wiemer Salverda

Wiemer Salverda (AIAS and AMCIS, University of Amsterdam) takes stock of important new developments in data sources on income inequality and wealth inequality and sketches long run changes for various inequality measures. This Discussion Paper was prepared under DG ECFIN’s 2014-2015 Fellowship Initiative “Growth, integration and structural convergence revisited”.

Topics: Economic indicators, International economics and non-EU economies, Structural policies, growth and development

Series: Discussion Papers

 
From Mind the Gap to Closing the Gap. Avenues to Reverse Stagnation in Europe through Investment and Productivity Growth

From Mind the Gap to Closing the Gap. Avenues to Reverse Stagnation in Europe through Investment and Productivity Growth

September 2015

Author(s): Bart van Ark

Bart van Ark (The Conference Board and University of Groningen) examines the stagnation of growth in Europe and the importance of Total Factor Productivity and ICT. This Discussion Paper was prepared under DG ECFIN’s 2014-2015 Fellowship Initiative “Growth, integration and structural convergence revisited”.

Topics: EU Member State economies, Structural policies, growth and development

Series: Discussion Papers

 
The Economic Impact of Rescue and Recovery Frameworks in the EU

The Economic Impact of Rescue and Recovery Frameworks in the EU

September 2015

Author(s): Mihaela Carpus Carcea, Daria Ciriaci, Dimitri Lorenzani, Peter Pontuch, Carlos Cuerpo

This paper looks at the important role of pre-insolvency frameworks in encouraging entrepreneurship and softening the impact of deleveraging on financial stability and economic activity.

Topics: Economic policy coordination, Structural policies, growth and development, Economic crisis

Series: Discussion Papers

 
The Economic Adjustment Programme. Cyprus, 6th Review – Spring 2015

The Economic Adjustment Programme. Cyprus, 6th Review – Spring 2015

July 2015

This report, the sixth of its type, assesses compliance with the terms and conditions set out in the Economic Adjustment Programme for Cyprus, as agreed between the Cypriot authorities and the EC, the ECB and the IMF in 2013.

Topics: Structural policies, growth and development; Financial assistance programmes; EU Member State economies; Public finances; Economic crisis

Series: Institutional Papers

 
Post-Programme Surveillance Report. Ireland, Spring 2015

Post-Programme Surveillance Report. Ireland, Spring 2015

July 2015

European Commission officials, in liaison with the ECB, visited Ireland between April and May 2015 for the third review of Ireland's economic situation. This report looks at the progress that has been made in Ireland since the conclusion of the country’s EU Financial Assistance Programme in 2013. It summarises the main findings of the Third EU Post-Programme Review of Ireland’s Economic Situation and outlines the remaining challenges confronting Ireland.

Topics: Financial assistance programmes; Structural policies, growth and development; Public finances

 
Energy Economic Developments - Investment perspectives in electricity markets

Energy Economic Developments - Investment perspectives in electricity markets

July 2015

This report investigates and assesses the investment perspectives in the electricity markets of the European Union in view of the latest climate and energy policy ambitions. The substantial investment in low carbon technologies that will be needed to achieve these ambitions will have to be supported by an economic and institutional framework capable of facilitating the transition.

Topics: Structural policies, growth and development; Financing investment

Series: Institutional Papers

 
Quarterly Report on the Euro Area (QREA), Vol.14, No.2 (2015)

Quarterly Report on the Euro Area (QREA), Vol.14, No.2 (2015)

July 2015

The focus section of the report looks at euro area services sectors. It finds evidence that service sectors in the euro area are underperforming, meaning that reforms to address structural bottlenecks and support greater competition could contribute to boosting exports, growth and competitiveness. The two special features of the report deal with the economic impact of oil prices and business cycle synchronisation.

Topics: Structural policies, growth and development; Economic policy coordination; EU Member State economies

Series: Institutional Papers

 

European Economic Forecast - Spring 2014

May 2014

The EU economic outlook is strengthening. While leading indicators point to GDP growth gaining momentum in the near term, the conditions for a sustained recovery in the medium term are also improving. Growth is still set to remain moderate, but a gradual easing related to deleveraging, financial fragmentation, adjustment of external imbalances and uncertainty is noticeable.

 

European Economic Forecast - Spring 2012

May 2012

The EU economy is currently in a mild recession. But a gradual recovery is in sight.

 

European Economic Forecast - Autumn 2011

November 2011

The European Commission publishes comprehensive macroeconomic forecasts twice-yearly in the spring and autumn. In this economic forecast published on 10 November 2011, the European Commission presents its assessment of the economic prospects for the EU and the euro area at the aggregate level. It also analyses developments in all individual Member States, as well as Candidate Countries and the economies of the US, Japan, China, Russia and the EFTA. A special chapter is dedicated to developments in EU labour markets.

Since the last fully-fledged forecast in May 2011, the outlook for the EU and the euro area has deteriorated. The protracted sovereign-debt crisis has taken its toll on confidence affecting investment and consumption. A worsening external economic environment has stalled exports, and the necessary fiscal consolidation is simultaneously restraining domestic demand.

These trends are expected to hold for several quar

 

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