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Economics and policy Learn about groundbreaking new research, commentary and policy ideas from the world's leading economists. Presented by Tim Phillips.








26: Short-time work

Even though countries all over the developed world implemented short-time work policies during the great recession, we didn't know whether they worked. Now we do: Camille Landais and Giulia Giupponi of the London School of Economics tell Tim Phillips whether short-time work protects workers, firms or economies.


25: Does prison work?

We are sending more people to prison than ever. But we know surprisingly little about whether, and how, prison sentences cut crime. Gordon Dahl of USC San Diego tells Tim Phillips about new research that shows how prison sentences can work for both inmates and society.


24: Connecting to power

Firms like to be politically connected, because it makes it easier for them to do business. But is it good for the rest of us? Ufuk Akcigit of the University of Chicago tells Tim Phillips about the consequences of connecting to power. Read about Ufuk's other work on [business taxation](https://voxeu.org/article/taxation-and-innovation-20th-century), [innovation](https://voxeu.org/article/immigrants-and-innovation-us-history) and...


23: The world needs more migrants

In the developed world borders are being closed and popular resistance to immigration is rising. Yet Lant Pritchett of Harvard University tells Tim Phillips that the rate of migration from poor to rich countries is actually five times too low. Planned mass migration of unskilled labour, he argues, would make everyone better off. [Read more about Lant's views on labour mobility on VoxEU](https://voxeu.org/content/labour-mobility-economic-growth-and-targeted-programmes).


22: The economics of the Great War

This weekend marks 100 years since the end of World War 1\. But is the history of the war that we learn at school the whole story? The 20 essays in a new VoxEU ebook on the economic history of the war challenge the conventional wisdom about how the war started, why it was won and lost, and its consequences. Tim Phillips talks to Mark Harrison of the University of Warwick, one of the book’s editors. [Download _The Economics of the Great War_ for...


21: The rise of superstar firms

Firms are becoming more unequal in every country and sector. Is the rise of a few superstar firms good or bad the economy, and should we do anything about it? Tim Phillips asks John Van Reenen of MIT to be policymaker for a day. More coverage of superstar firms from voxeu.org [here](https://voxeu.org/article/role-intangible-capital-explaining-superstar-firms), [here](https://voxeu.org/content/do-superstar-firms-influence-students) and...


20: Why education reduces crime

We know that increasing the school leaving age cuts crime, but why? Is it because kids who are most likely to commit crimes are learning things that make them more employable, or is just because they're off the streets? Tim Phillips talks to Steve Machin of the LSE about new research into the importance of these effects. Read about the research [at VoxEU.org](https://voxeu.org/article/why-education-reduces-crime).


19: The making of modern London

What accounts for London's explosive growth in the 19th and early 20th centuries? Tim Phillips talks to Stephen Redding of Princeton University about new research that shows how important the railways have been, and continue to be, in creating the modern metropolis. [Read about the research on VoxEU.org](https://voxeu.org/article/making-modern-metropolis-evidence-london)


18: The next recession will be a bad one

In the US, unemployment is at its lowest point for two decades. Wage growth is rising, the economy is growing. Tim Phillips asks Jeffrey Frankel of Harvard University why he worries about the depth of the next recession. [Read Jeffrey's blog on VoxEU.org](https://voxeu.org/content/next-recession-could-be-bad-one).


17: Women and monetary policy

It's no secret that women have been under-represented in the boardroom in general, and central bank boards are no different. We also know that firms in which women are decision-makers tend to behave differently. Tim Phillips talks to Paola Profeta, one of the authors of a new paper that finds that female central bankers have a measurable effect on monetary policy. [Find out more about her research](https://voxeu.org/article/why-women-matter-monetary-policymaking) at VoxEU.org.


16: The impact of innovation

The FRAME Project was set up to find out the impact of innovation on macroeconomic outcomes such as productivity, job creation, and unemployment. Diego Comin of Dartmouth College is one of the leaders of the project, and he talks to Tim Phillips about what he and his colleagues have learned. CEPR is a partner of the FRAME Project, which is co-ordinated by ZEW. The CEPR team is led by Diego Comin, a Research Fellow in its Macroeconomics and Growth Programme. The FRAME project has received...


15: The missing profits of nations

Every year multinational companies reduce their tax bills by about $200 billion simply by shifting profits, legally, to tax havens. Governments criticise tax loopholes and promise to close them. But at the same time they also use them to attract these paper profits to their jurisdiction. Thomas Tørsløv and Ludvig Weir talk to Tim Phillips about where the missing profits of nations go, the effect of the missing billions on government policies, and how to create a fairer system of taxation for...


14: English in Europe

English is the most widely-spoken language in Europe, but after Brexit it will cease to be an official language of the EU. Tim Phillips speaks to Shlomo Weber about which languages will become more important as a result, and the long-term implications for the English language — and the people who speak it. Read more about the fate of English in Europe [in the column on VoxEU](https://voxeu.org/article/english-language-eu-after-brexit).


13: IMF reform: An unfinished agenda

Two decades ago the four authors of the CEPR's first Geneva Report on the World Economy examined the future of the IMF. This year, for the 20th report, they returned to see what progress has been made. Tim Phillips talks to Barry Eichengreen, Charles Wyplosz, José De Gregorio, and Takatoshi Ito about how the IMF has evolved, and the threats both to the IMF and the entire multilateral financial system.


12: Populism in France

In the French presidential election the parties of right and left collapsed, beaten by political newcomer Emmanuel Macron and the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Daniel Cohen of the Paris School of Economics tells Tim Phillips about research that explains why millions of French voters are no longer responding to traditional political messages. [Read more about populism on VoxEU](https://voxeu.org/search/node/populism).


11: The decline of northern England

The north of England and Wales lag the south in output per person, educational attainment, and even life expectancy. Neil Cummins of the London School of Economics tells Tim Phillips that this can be explained entirely by a 200-year "Big Sort": the migration south of talented people, replaced by less-able southerners who move north. [Read about his research on VoxEU](https://voxeu.org/article/decline-northern-england-1780-2018).


10: Financing the war on cancer

New drugs mean that many types of cancer are no longer a death sentence. But new medical treatments may have a catastrophic financial cost for patients. Tim Phillips talks to Ralph Koijen about how life insurance, not medical insurance, might finance the war on cancer. Read more about this, and other groundbreaking research, at [VoxEU.org.](https://voxeu.org)


9: Explaining Germany's recovery

In 1997 Germany was called "the sick man of Europe". So what is behind its exceptional recovery? Tim Phillips talks to Dalia Marin, the editor of a new VoxEU ebook that explains what Germany did, and what other countries can learn from it. [Read about the ebook, and download it for free from VoxEU](https://voxeu.org/article/explaining-german-s-exceptional-recovery-new-ebook).


8: Tax evasion and inequality

It's routine for the rich to dodge tax by hiding it offshore. But how much of their wealth are they hiding illegally? Tim Phillips talks to Annette Alstadsæter of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences about how she and her colleagues used whistleblower data to discover the extent of tax evasion by the ultra-rich. [Read about their research on VoxEU](https://voxeu.org/article/tax-evasion-and-inequality).


7: Robots and jobs

If the robots are coming for our jobs, how many of us will they actually replace? Tim Phillips talks to MIT's Daron Acemoglu who argues that the robot apocalypse isn't going to happen just yet. If you want to know more detail about the research, [read this VoxEU column](https://voxeu.org/article/robots-and-jobs-evidence-us).