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An energy tax revision to reduce debt, boost investment and employment and facilitate the adoption of other structural reforms

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Essay submitted in July 2016 for the McKinsey Global Institute Essay Prize on “how could a pro-growth reform programme be made deliverable by 2020, and appeal to electorates and decision makers alike at the national and European level?”.

In a context of lack of confidence, depressed investment and aggregate demand as well as deflation risks, all of these phenomena occurring despite a conjunction of favourable factors (cheap oil, weaker euro and very accommodative monetary policy), we propose to take up the proposal of the European Commission to revise the Energy Taxation Directive, introduced in 2011 and withdrawn last year due to the opposition of the Parliament and the Council.

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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


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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