We study how economic policy, in particular taxation and international agreements, affects the economic incentives of firms and individuals. Understanding how financial, investment and location decisions are shaped by countries' unilateral or coordinated policy measures is essential to assess the effect of those policies on the global allocation of different dimensions of economic activity.
We are part of the RSIT, an interdisciplinary group of researchers from the School of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Law analyzing current issues in international taxation.
Next term's seminar E571 Topics in Development Economics will deal with the empirical evaluation of public policies in developing countries.
Students may choose a topic in the areas of international trade, development economics, geographical economics and multinational firm behavior.
Prof. Merlo will be on sabbatical next summer. For this reason we won't be offering a Bachelor Thesis Seminar or a Master Seminar. All lectures will be offered by colleagues from the Department of Economics.
Deutsche Bundesbank Research Brief: De-liberalisation of trade in services and its potential cost, by S. Blank, P.H. Egger, V. Merlo and G. Wamser