Business & Economics

The Agenda

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Alexander Privitera

AICGS Senior Fellow Alexander Privitera looks at the IMF/World Bank spring meetings, which will continue to keep the spotlight on Europe. Despite some recent improvements, the message for Europeans is unchanged: more homework needs to be done and the time to complete it dwindling.

Energy Security Risk Assessment: A Transatlantic Comparison

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Aki Kachi

The U.S. and West Germany once shared similar energy profiles and similar global energy challenges. Through the 1960s and in the beginning of the 1970s, with largely comparable energy mixes, they both saw themselves as vulnerable to oil shocks and in 1974, were both founding members of the International Energy Agency.  At… Read more >

Climate 2.0 – Can Geoengineering Make the World a Safer Place?

Sabrina Schulz

Wizardry to some, anathema to others, geoengineering—or climate engineering—is slowly encroaching on the territory of traditional climate policy. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) next Assessment Report, due in 2013/14, will cover “the deliberate large-scale manipulation of the planetary environment”[1] as a potential strategy to counteract man-made climate change. Technological solutions… Read more >

Contingency Planning in Europe

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Krzysztof Bledkowski, Senior Economist and Council Director at the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation and frequent AICGS participant, takes a look at the possible contingency planning that companies operating in Europe could take as the euro zone crisis continues to take hold throughout the continent. Please click here to view Scenario… Read more >

The €20 Billion Problem in Germany’s Statutory Health Insurance

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Health care policy experts in Germany are discussing a bizarre problem: What to do with €20 billion of accumulated reserves in the Statutory Health Insurance System? Of course, the availability of money creates the usual suggestions. Providers want their share of the cake through higher payments—for example, the chairman of the National… Read more >

Health Care Reform in Germany: 2011 Reform

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Overview While the United States Congress passed health care reform in 2010, the German government worked on a less comprehensive reform of its own system. The U.S. reform, enacted by Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, emphasized expanding coverage and making health care less expensive for those disadvantaged in the market. In… Read more >

Health Care Reform in the United States: The Affordable Care Act

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Overview On 23 March 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. The result of months of political conflict and compromise, this law entails a comprehensive reform of the U.S. health care system meant to expand coverage for those with and without insurance and curb the… Read more >

Health Care Reform in the U.S. Presidential Election

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed in March 2010, is considered by supporters as one of the president’s culminating achievements to date. The Act has stimulated considerable controversy, garnering extensive criticism from conservatives and suffering in opinion polls. As a result, health care reform has taken a… Read more >

The Affordable Care Act in the Supreme Court

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Background Since its passing in 2010, opponents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have launched legal challenges on the health care reform on the basis of its constitutionality. Both state governments and private parties have attacked the law through the court system, until the case reached  the Supreme Court.  The… Read more >

White, Grey, and Black (Euro) Swans: Dealing with Transatlantic Financial Risk in 2012

Matthias Matthijs

The idea that the euro crisis is over is hopeful at best, naïve at worst. It is far from over. We are actually at the beginning of a dangerous new phase of political uncertainty across the eurozone that could massively impact its financial markets. On the other side of the Atlantic, continuing… Read more >