Is the current recovery policy for the financial and economic crises in the Eurozone a genuine answer for the complexity and diversity of the problems that all member states face? Not really. The responses are too one-sided and mainly export and a...▶
The structural causes of the euro crisis – high unemployment, low growth rates and debt-ridden states in the eurozone – are not the fault of lazy Greeks, Portuguese and Spaniards. The euro itself cannot be blamed either. The problem is that the Eu...▶
Profits are reinvested less in productive sectors, where labour can benefit, and more in capital markets.▶
The argument that pits the lazy Greek or Spaniard against the hard-working Dutchman or Fin is clearly too simplistic. It is not a clash of nations, but of economic classes.▶
The introduction of a single European currency was for many member states of the European Union a logical next step in a single market. With assumed improvements for trade, employment and wealth distribution, the euro was expected to bring all the...▶
Labour market policy has been one of the few levers available to different Eurozone countries to improve external competitiveness.▶
Countries need more time during recession to decrease their budget deficit while increasing economic growth.▶
The idea that the euro would bring more stability, trade and employment to Europe was economically overemphasized for political and commercial reasons.▶
Economist Dani Rodrik painted a gloomy picture during his lecture at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London last week. He is ‘pessimistic’ (in his own words) because all the evidence he has gathered so far shows that growth in developi...▶
In a recent speech in New York, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton revealed her campaign would focus on the struggling American middle class. But is she really committing herself to a programme of structural economic reform?▶
Evert-Jan is a freelance knowledge broker for The Broker on the themes ‘Inclusive Economy’ and ‘Food Security’. Over his career, he has specialized in international economics, corporate social responsibility and trade issues. Evert-Jan is the author of the book Het onzichtbare label (‘The invisible label’), in which he tackles the question of why current corporate social responsibility policies do not seem to work.
Evert-Jan has a degree in international economics and economic geography from the University of Utrecht. He has a mixed professional background, both as a journalist and a policy advisor in international development. He is based in the United Kingdom.