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  What's next for interest rates in Europe?

Núria Mas Spain's central bank chief, Pablo Hernández de Cos, clarifies the European Central Bank's new monetary policy strategy. He also explains why an interest rate hike is not expected in the short term, as three key conditions are not currently being met. Read article

  Why are wages so low in so many markets?

José Azar; Ioana Marinescu; Marshall Steinbaum; Bledi Taska When a large company comes to town, many rejoice that new jobs come, too. But an award-winning paper in Labour Economics shows that 60% of U.S. labor markets have a high degree of labor market concentration, which seems to suppress workers' wages in those areas. Read article

  How to escape the success trap -- and not fall into another one

Enrique Ide Research suggests that current success can be detrimental to innovation, even in a completely "rational" or "hyper-paranoid" organization. IESE's Enrique Ide offers advice to escape the success trap. Read article

  The COVID economy is here for the long haul

Javier Díaz Giménez A post-COVID economy? Not so fast, says Javier Díaz Giménez. Business leaders should accept that we'll be living in a COVID economy for a good long time, even with vaccines and a return to growth. Adapting to the new steady state is key to staying competitive. Read article

  7 areas to watch as we move to a post-COVID economy

Nuria Mas, Jun José Toribio, Pedro Videla Will Europe, China, the United States or emerging economies take on new roles in the post-COVID world? What economic reforms might be needed next? Professors Núria Mas, Juan José Toribio and Pedro Videla discuss the post-COVID economy. Read article

  Remembering Robert Mundell: a pathbreaking giant

Pedro Videla The Nobel Prize-winning economist, Robert Mundell (1932-2021), passed away on Easter Day, April 4, 2021. Professor Pedro Videla eulogizes the man known as the "father of the euro" as well as one of the founders of the field of open economy macroeconomics. Read article

  Banking on resilience: Preparing our financial system to face natural disasters

Patrick Bolton; Harrison Hong; Marci Kacperczyk; Xavier Vives The third report in the IESE-CEPR Future of Banking series provides the latest perspectives on how resilient the financial system is to natural disasters and climate change-related events and what can be done to improve its resiliency. Read article

  Can we emerge from our current debt trap?

Jordi Gual; Pedro Videla Governments around the globe have incurred staggering levels of debt in order to deal with the COVID-19 crisis over the past year. Professors Jordi Gual and Pedro Videla look at how we might dig ourselves out from under it. Read article

  5 key characteristics of Bitcoin -- and why we can't stop talking about it

Javier Díaz Giménez Much ink has been spilled about Bitcoin lately. What's all the fuss? Javier Díaz Giménez takes us on a brief tour of this cryptocurrency's fundamentals -- including why it's so alluring and threatening to us, and what could threaten it. Read article

  How to get in the swing of the circular economy

Philip Muller; Joan Fontrodona What are the possibilities beyond a product's first lifecycle? In this report from the CaixaBank Chair of Sustainability and Social Impact, Joan Fontrodona and Philip Muller introduce nine key concepts of the circular economy. Read article
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