Combining theory and practice, the case studies examine current business and public policy challenges through the critical lens of applied political economy
The Great Reset
Politicians, policymakers as well as international financial institutions now seem to endorse higher government spending and (corporate) tax rates – in effect endorsing the return of a strong Keynesian state. But are these announcements too early, mere lip services perhaps, or do they herald a shift in our guiding economic orthodoxy?
After Brexit: Technical Report
In cooperation with Nord France Invest, we analysed how the combination of wider trends is creating the mother of all challenges for all UK-based companies trading with Europe. We found that Brexit, in the guise of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) between the UK and EU, has not created a flat, level playing field for trade among equals but an imbalanced and only narrowly “free” trading relationship.
This dossier takes stock of what we've learnt about life under Covid so far. Assessing the role of science in policymaking, the often-competing nature of health and economic objectives, as well as the long-term effects on the political economy, we indicate how governments can improve their future performance.
The Just Transition in the car industry
Introducing a new fleet of electric vehicles requires creating a market. But, crucially, it also means a significant adjustment for car manufacturers, their suppliers, their workforces, and regional economies. The green transition will only be successful if creates positive-sum social outcomes.
The labour market after Covid
Suffering a severe pandemic, the world is changing. Short-term policies by governments and firms can soften the Covid-19 blow. But are we ready for the medium- and long-term changes already underway? And how does the pandemic change the future of skills, tasks, and jobs?