Macroeconomical-level Effects of Shale Gas Exploration

„Macroeconomic effects associated with shale gas are evaluated in purely optimistic terms today. In fact, in recent years a number of institutes have revised down their forecast in this area” – argued dr. Maciej Sobolewski, CASE expert, during the panel discussion:"Macroeconomical-level Effects of Shale Gas Exploration", held during the Polish Natural Gas 2020 conference. „Currently, CASE is also considering some more conservative scenarios for the development of the shale sector; in the most optimistic one the extraction will not exceed 5 billion m3 per annum in the second half of the next decade”. read more » about Macroeconomical-level Effects of Shale Gas Exploration

First meeting within CASE Graduate Workshops in Economics Series

Financial Geography and Law and Economics were the topics of a first meeting held within CASE PhD Workshops in Economics Series that took place on Saturday, October 25th. 11 promising doctoral candidates resending currently in Poland discussed with the workshop leader, Tom Hashimoto from University of Oxford, different ways in which “geography” can be understood in economic terms. read more » about First meeting within CASE Graduate Workshops in Economics Series

2012 Update Report to the Study to quantify and analyse the VAT Gap in the EU-27 Member States

This report provides estimates of the VAT Gap for 26 EU Member States for 2012, as well as revised estimates for the period 2009-2011. It is a follow-up to the report “Study to quantify and analyse the VAT Gap in the EU-27 Member States” , published in September 2013. This update incorporates the NACE Rev. 2 classification of economic activities into the calculation of the theoretical liability. The year 2012 saw overall unfavourable economic developments, as the GDP of the European Union shrank by 0.4 percent. These developments contributed to a slowdown of nominal final consumption and of other economic activities that form the basis of the Value Added Tax. read more » about 2012 Update Report to the Study to quantify and analyse the VAT Gap in the EU-27 Member States

The global financial crisis: changes in competition in the banking sector in Europe, the role of regulation and intervention by governments and central banks

The global financial crisis indicated importance of regulatory and competition policies in the banking sector, which were underappreciated before the crisis. According to dr. Małgorzata Pawłowska from the institute of the National Bank of Poland, the question about impact of competition and stability of the banking sector remains open. The debate was fostered during the 134th Seminar on 16th October 2014. read more » about The global financial crisis: changes in competition in the banking sector in Europe, the role of regulation and intervention by governments and central banks

"Global spillovers have entered a new phase": the Polish launch of 2014 IMF Spillover Report

Global spillovers have entered a new phase. With crisis-related spillovers and risks fading, changing growth patterns are the main source of spillovers in the global economy currently – reads the 2014 IMF Spillover Report. Its findings were presented during a seminar co-organized on September 29th, 2014 by CASE and IMF by dr. Emil Stavrev, a Deputy Division Chief at the Multilateral Surveillance Division of the IMF Research Department, which led the work on the 2014 Spillover Report. During his talk he highlighted two factors that will be of primary importance in the near future: the end of extraordinarily accommodative monetary policy and the decelerated growth in emerging markets. read more » about "Global spillovers have entered a new phase": the Polish launch of 2014 IMF Spillover Report

Changes in CASE Management Board

With the end of his second term as Vice-President of the CASE Management Board on September 30th, we would like to inform you that Maciej Sobolewski has decided to focus entirely on his research activities and continuation of his academic endeavors. We would like to thank dr Sobolewski for his contributions and count on his engagement in the future. We are also very pleased that, since Maciej’s commitment to CASE’s mission remains strong, starting on October 1st, 2014, he will continue his cooperation with us as an expert and leader of large projects. We wish him success in his habilitation! read more » about Changes in CASE Management Board

"The economic freedom is the freedom which really matters the most"

The economic situation in the USA has been quite unusual ever since the beginning of the financial crisis. June 2008 predictions for the GDP growth were oscillating somewhere between 3.8% and 5.0% but never really came true. The reason for the poor economic performance of the USA, according to Senator Phil Gramm, a keynote speaker duirng a lecture co-organized by CASE, FOR and American Studies Center, University of Warsaw, was fourfold: high tax rates, too much regulation, large public debt and a lack of efficiency. read more » about "The economic freedom is the freedom which really matters the most"

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Is there a cure for a long-term unemployment?
28.10.2014 | Izabela Styczyńska
***This piece was originally published in Polish on Forbes.pl

25 years after creation of the (un)famous ‘pośredniaki’ (job centers in Poland), it is worth considering their effectiveness – especially in the context of those who are at risk of job exclusion due to the long-term unemployment. read more >>