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Equality of opportunity belongs to the core principles of the market economy just as much as the basic axioms of freedom and social protection. Neither social background, sex, nor state dirigisme should bear on the résumé or economic success of an individual, both of which should instead reflect the unique abilities and achievements of each individual through a fair and result-oriented competitive process.

Alarmingly, however, international comparisons undertaken over the course of the last few years reveal the large persisting influence of social background on educational access. This correlation contradicts equality of opportunity and the notion of achievement as constructive elements of the market economic order and endangers its acceptance. The following report from our conference on “Smart Education Policy” brings together the contributions from experts from the education field and delineates the crucial demands on today’s education policy.

"Smart Education Policy" (German)

From the “Focus Market Economy” (“Blickpunkt Marktwirtschaft”) Series

The Market Economy Foundation looks back on fascinating conferences, publications, and press conferences. In the upcoming edition of “Focus Market Economy” (“Blickpunkt Marktwirtschaft”), we would like to offer you a retrospective look at our actual activities, allow you to inform yourself more about the market economy and individual responsibility, and to provide you a glimpse of the areas of specialization of the Foundation.

Blickpunkt Marktwirtschaft (German)

From the “Arguments for the Market Economy and Market Policies”

In times of lean public coffers, the income side of the government budget equation becomes a larger policy focus. As part of this focus, the government has stepped up the fight against illegal labor and tax evasion using a number of measures.

In this context, a study by Friedrich Schneider and Lars P. Feld investigates the state of tax morale in Germany. Questions regarding the spread of tax evasion and illegal labor are answered, as is the question of how successful the government’s path of deterrence has actually been. In addition, the authors analyze which measures and strategies in the struggle against tax evasion and illegal labor are effective, and which are not.

Empirical basis for the work was conducted in cooperation with TNS Infratest München in 2009, by means of a questionnaire administered to a representative sample of 2149 people from around Germany. The questionnaire was conducted such as to not only produce an estimate of the extent of tax dishonesty, but also to provide estimates of its possible determinants.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Friedrich Schneider (Linz University) and Prof. Dr. Lars P. Feld (Walter Eucken Institute at Freiburg and member of the Kronberger Scientific Council) conducted this study upon the recent request of the Foundation.

"Tax Dishonesty, Evasion, and Social Acceptance: Empirical Evidence for Germany" (German)

From the Kronberger Scientific Council Studies Series

A long lasting public finance overhaul is possible, writes the Kronberger Scientific Council in its newest study titled “Public Finance Overhaul – in Germany and Europe.”

In a dialogue with Prof. Dr. Bernd Raffelhüschen, member of the Market Economy Foundation management board, Prof. Dr. Lars P. Feld introduced the new study in Berlin in December. In study, the Market Economy Foundation’s scientific arm evaluated the institutional rules regarding indebtedness at the EU, federal, and state levels. A focus of the study is a proposal for a long-term and successful overhaul of the public budget.

Public Finances Overhaul - in Germany and Europe, by the Kronberger Kreis, Volume 52 (German)

From the "Pocket Library" Series

Reform of Financial Federalism in Germany, by Clemens Fuest and Michael Thöne, Volume 37

Upon the view of the Market Economy Foundation, the introduction of the badly needed debt ceiling is merely the first step to revitalizing German federalism. Further reforms regarding revenue sharing and tax autonomy of the states must follow. A blueprint of how such reforms might look is delivered in the latest Market Economy Foundation study “Reform of Financial Federalism in Germany,” by Prof. Dr. Clemens Fuest and Dr. Michael Thöne.

Reform of Financial Federalism in Germany, by Clemens Fuest and Michael Thöne, Volume 37