RaboResearch - Economic Research

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Why Trump’s protectionist trade agenda fails

So far, Trump has failed to implement much of his protectionist trade agenda. We discuss five reasons why we believe Trump will not implement a full-fletched package of protectionist measures. If Trump does resort to protectionism, US GDP could face losses up to -3.1 percentage points in 2018.

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Trumpgate

Progress on President Trump’s legislative agenda has been slow and an increasing amount of time and energy in the White House and on Capitol Hill is spent on ‘Trumpgate’. We consider three different political routes that could be taken in the US.

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Wat heeft Trump in honderd dagen bereikt? (Dutch)

Na honderd dagen is het tijd om de balans op te maken over de koers die Donald Trump als president van de VS heeft uitgezet. Zeker voor zijn achterban zal dat een teleurstelling zijn. Hij heeft slechts decreten ondertekend en er is nog geen significante wetswijziging door het Congres geloodst.

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Trump's executive orders

While executive orders allow the President to act unilaterally, the US political system has several checks and balances in place that give the Congress and the courts the power to derail or overturn his decisions. Trade conflicts are the main downside risk of Trump’s executive orders.

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Hoe houdbaar is de stijging van de kapitaalmarktrente? (Dutch)

De rentemarkten weerspiegelen een te rooskleurig beeld na de forse stijging van de kapitaalmarktrentes in de tweede helft van 2016. Het ECB beleid, en dus het aankoopprogramma, gaat vooralsnog door tot eind 2017. De resultaten van dit programma zijn echter beperkt en de grenzen zijn niet oneindig oprekbaar.

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Trump’s impact on the economy

As of January 20, Donald J. Trump is President of the United States. In this Special we sketch the changes in economic policy that we should expect in the coming years, in particular in the areas of fiscal stimulus, trade policy, and energy policy. We also look at effects on US public debt sustainability, and market implications.

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Institutional quality and economic performance

Institutional quality and economic development reinforce each other over the longer term, but we argue that institutional quality leads this virtuous circle. It unlocks growth potential and does not intrinsically suffer from diminishing returns.