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Economic Report

Dutch Budget 2015

With the deficit falling in line with expectations, the Dutch 2015 Budget contained only limited new policy measures. 2015 will be yet another year of austerity, and major reforms in health care and the labour market will be implemented.

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Scotland: from troubled marriage to happy single?

For the first time an opinion poll showed a small majority in favour of Scottish independence. In this Economic Report, we present a general picture of an independent Scottish economy and the risks and opportunities Scotland will face if the Scots vote ‘yes’ to independence from the UK.

Economic Report Dutch version

International house prices and policy

Here in the Netherlands we are glad that house prices now appear to be stabilizing at last, but the same picture does not apply to many other Western countries. How can this be explained? Can we do anything about it? Or is it once again the prelude to a housing bubble?

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How to tackle the ‘Custo Brasil’

Due to the so-called “Custo Brasil” Brazil is a relatively expensive place to do business. Three important growth bottlenecks are primarily responsible for this Custo Brasil: the tax system and red tape, lack of good infrastructure and human capital constraints.

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Democracy, Brazilian style

Brazil’s political system generally makes it difficult and time-consuming to implement far-reaching reforms. Furthermore, the system seems to be affected by a lot of patronage and corrupt practices. In this report we explain why this is the case.

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Brazil’s social challenges

In the past decade, Brazil has managed to substantially bring down its traditionally high levels of inequality and poverty. However, inequality is still high and relatively weak public services result in institutional inequality.

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Brazil’s economic model: In need of a revamp

The recent performance of the Brazilian economy has been disappointing. We conclude that consumption and commodity exports cannot continue to drive growth. To reinvigorate its economic model Brazil needs to increase investment and productivity.

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Brazil’s macro economy, past and present

Brazil’s has turbulent macroeconomic history. Since the launch of the Plano Real in 1994, Brazil’s macroeconomic environment has become increasingly. However, more recently growth has disappointed.