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Remittances: A source running dry?

The effect of the current economic slowdown on remittances is still unknown. Common sense would suggest that all countries with a high reliance on remittances from workers abroad would now be in serious trouble. However, several scientific studies have shown that remittance flows were relatively unaffected.

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Overview EU-Cooperative banking sector

This report provides an overview of the key figures of the co-operative banks and their structures. Many data can also be found in annual reports but a comprehensive overview has so far been lacking.

Economic Report

Uncovering country risk in bond spreads

When assessing risk in emerging markets, rating agencies used to apply the theory of the sovereign ceiling. This report highlights the reason behind the rating agencies dropping this theory. Furthermore, it shows why investing in local companies at times is less risky than investing in the sovereign.

Economic Report

HIPC debt relief: less debt, more growth and development?

In the last few years Sub-Sahara Africa has experienced the strongest economic growth in more than thirty years. This report explains how the so-called HIPC debt relief initiative has contributed to this reversal of economic fortunes. While the debt relief itself was useful, it is the conditions that were attached that made the real difference.

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Social cohesion in Europe

The European Union has made strengthening social cohesion a clear priority and the European co-operative banks also focus considerable attention on the topic.

Economic Report

Corporate governance in Europe

In the wake of a series of corporate scandals at Enron, Worldcom, Parmalat and Ahold, the drive to modernise corporate governance and corporate law has accelerated worldwide. The United States is bringing considerable pressure to bear internationally in order to bring this about.