Judgment and reporting of a company’s ability as a going concern (a company that has the resources needed to continue operating indefinitely until it provides evidence to the contrary) have become one of the major focuses of standard setters in both US and UK in recent years (for example, FASB 2014-15, IAASB 2015, PCAOB 2017). During difficult times such […]
In an environment with low migration costs and relevant tax rate differentials among countries, the net balance of top-income individuals’ flow is a crucial policy issue. For a single country or region, depending on people’s sensitivity to tax differentials, setting higher taxation rates may originate a leakage of highly productive workers, with a related reduction in fiscal revenue. On […]
“When it is unable to defend itself with the sword, Rome can defend itself by means of fever”. These are the words of the medieval chronicler Goffredo da Viterbo who, in 1167, told of how Rome, every summer, was plagued by malaria. The sting of the mosquito made no distinctions of wealth or birth and there were thousands of […]
In an increasingly uncertain world, the concept of ‘risk’ has come to the forefront of policy. We use it to describe the likelihood of a range of negative events occurring, from car accidents, to illnesses, to flooding. Derived from risicare – the vulgar Latin verb for ‘sailing a ship off a cliff’ – the modern usage of risk originates […]
In October, the US Department of Justice launched a federal antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the technology giant of abusing its dominance in the market for internet search. We invited both the US and European panels of the IGM Forum at the University of Chicago to express their views on some of the issues surrounding this case. We asked […]
Artificial intelligence has survived the hype — investment from public and private actors remains on the rise, total market size is increasing, its potential to shape firms’ operational capacity is better understood, and now nations are looking to AI as the next general-purpose tech of promise for driving growth and competitiveness. This issue is coming to the fore with a new demand for […]
Overall, the pandemic has been bad – often very bad – for business in the short term. In the long term, however, it creates opportunities for innovation and efficiencies in richer nations and unprecedented growth and development in poorer ones.
This does not detract from how bleak the immediate picture can be. COVID restrictions have meant that many businesses, particularly […]
Since Keynes, the benefits associated to countercyclical fiscal policies have been recognised by the greater part of the economics community. Indeed, the global financial crisis and, especially, the current COVID-19 crisis saw massive increases in public debt in order to support households and firms’ viability while getting the economy back in gear.
In particular, several papers have studied the effects […]
Throughout this year, as the pandemic has brought so much upheaval to workplaces, an emerging technology has been taking root — one likely to have a profound impact on human life and work for generations to come. We’ve seen the rise of tracking.
For years, industries have been experimenting with Real-Time Locating Systems (RTLS) to geolocate their workers and products. […]
In the 2020 US election, a record 75,401,434 people and counting turned out to vote the incumbent president out of office. This close and protracted race is a reminder that Trump and his base are far from a peripheral minority.
Trump’s rise to power in 2016 signalled a backlash to diversity that all of us around the world still need to […]
The negative impact of the pandemic on small enterprises is well documented. In a two-month period, from February to April 2020, the number of active business owners in the US fell by 3.3 million, or 22 per cent, the highest change in recorded history. To mitigate the impact of these changes, economies implemented numerous crisis response measures, including revising their procurement procedures to […]
The regulatory changes introduced after the 2007-08 global financial crisis require banks to have contingency plans in case of distress. However, it is still not clear how such plans could be effective in resolving banks’ problems and mitigating systemic risk. The COVID-19 crisis and the drastic policy response that followed has produced an army of companies limping along in […]
By all accounts, trust in the corporate sector is at an all-time low, and perhaps – for the first time in the history of humankind – it is a global phenomenon. While stock markets worldwide, and particularly in the United States, continue to rally, this is accompanied by an unprecedented economic contraction, conservatively estimated at 5 to 10% of […]