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Taxing “dead capital” to make it more productive

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Essay written in May 2016 for the Hayek Contest organized by the Mont Pelerin Society.

Competition is “a procedure for discovering facts which, if the procedure did not exist, would remain unknown or at least would not be used
– Hayek, F.A., 1968/2002. Competition as a discovery procedure. (Marcellus S. Snow Trans.) Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 5, 9-23.

In what other areas of modern societies is competition underutilized as a discovery procedure?

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Taxing non-renewable resource extraction: for more transparency, fairness and sustainability

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Essay submitted in October 2014 for the 2014 Amartya Sen Prize Contest on how illicit financial flows relate to global poverty and inequality.

Illicit financial flows are one of the symptoms of unharnessed globalisation. While trade and finance have become more and more international, with an accelerated rhythm since the end of the Cold War, governance has not kept pace and all states, including the most powerful, face the consequences of non-cooperative behavior and free ride, from other state entities as well as from non-state actors whose influence can exceed that of entire countries.

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“Ha, you must be an intern!” – reflections on the condition of contemporary youth

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If you are younger than 28, have studied something else than hard sciences and work in the public sector, culture or media, you are likely still to be an intern. Even if you are not, people you meet are very likely to consider you as such, since internships have become standard for these sectors in our developed economies.

While the education level of the generation currently entering the labour market has never been so high, it has paradoxically become more difficult for these young people to secure a position able to provide at least some stability and financial independence. Therefore, they are trying to take as many internships as possible and gain professional experience and contacts now necessary to find a “real” first job.

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« Ah, vous devez être stagiaire ! » – réflexions sur la condition de la jeunesse contemporaine

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Traduction en français de l’article publié le 26 juin sur le blog du projet Firefly. Merci à Urszula M. pour l’inspiration.

Si vous êtes âgé de moins de 28 ans, que vous avez poursuivi des études supérieures dans un domaine autre que les sciences dures et que vous travaillez dans le secteur public, la culture ou les media, vous avez de fortes chances d’être toujours stagiaire. Même dans l’hypothèse où ce ne serait pas le cas, vos interlocuteurs vous considéreront de prime abord probablement comme tel, tant la condition de stagiaire est devenue la norme pour ces secteurs dans nos économies développées.

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