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Why taxing global companies is hard

Should the profits on scotch whisky be taxed in Scotland, where it is made, or China where it is sold? And what about Google? Read the full post »
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Price discrimination and welfare costs

There is nothing inherently wrong with price discrimination. But some of the mechanisms firms use to enforce it have huge welfare costs. Read the full post »
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Fat cats

By the end of today, the average Chief Executive of a FTSE 100 company will have been paid more than the average employee earns all year.  The same average employee will have been paid more than the average Ethiopian earns all year. Read the full post »
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Humanitarian Cash Transfers

The Free Exchange column in this week's Economist discusses the work of the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers. Read the full post »
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Transforming Humanitarian Aid with Cash Transfers: High Level Panel Report

A High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers, which I chaired, has concluded that much more humanitarian aid should be provided as cash, rather than as vouchers or in-kind; and that this change should be used to bring about broader reforms of humanitarian aid. Read the full post »
Afghan refugee girls wait at the end of a long line of 150 residents that live in the Farah City District V Refugee Camp to receive donated items sent from the United States and delivered to the camp by the Farah Provincial Reconstruction Team Civil Affairs Team, Jan. 9. The items, including shoes, winter coats and blankets, were sorted and distributed by Abdul Khaaleq Amini, director of the Department of Refugees and Repatriation office for Farah province, with the help of two Afghan national police officers and several refugee elders who also live in the camp.

Here’s a simple way to help refugees: give them cash

Rather than giving refugees food, shelter, water and medical care, it is often better to give them cash. Read the full post »