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ASSESS_TiSA: Assessing the claimed benefits of the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA)

The study critically assesses the official Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) on the further liberalisation trade in services (TiSA) highlighting its methodological flaw and one-sided understanding of regulation. By understanding regulation only as costs to businesses, the impact of deregulation on society and workers is widely neglected resulting in a biased basis for decision-making. However, sustaining public policy space and flexibility are essential for effective regulation for public policy objectives.
Studies | Economic

Alternativer Jahreswachstumsbericht 2018

The European economy is now on a quite robust growth path, with unemployment decreasing. With the improvement of the economic scenario, the policy-mix will need to be normalized. But, this normalization must be gradual and iAGS recommends the pursuit of ECB's unconventional monetary policies. The euro area has moved into a large trade surplus, which may not be sustainable. The imbalance is clearly concentrated in surplus countries. Nominal convergence remains an important issue that should be addressed by appropriate policies, beginning with surplus countries. The improvement of the overall employment numbers has not been extended to all countries and all social groups and are not followed by improvements in terms of income equality and poverty reduction.
Policy Papers | Economic