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Friday, 8 June , 2007 / Iperione

E’ nato “Vox”!


Riporto una “press release” del CEPR (Centre for Economic Policy Reasearch) in cui si comunica la nascita di VOX, un sito che si occuperà di politica economica e di ricerca nell’ambito dell’economia, con la partecipazione di alcuni fra gli economisti più importanti ed influenti del nostro tempo.

VOX – A NEW WEBSITE ON EUROPEAN ECONOMIC POLICY

The Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR, http://www.cepr.org) today launches Vox (VoxEU.org), a new policy portal featuring research-based analysis and commentary from Europe’s leading economists.

The primary audience is economists and users of economic research in governments, international organisations, academia and the private sector, as well as journalists and commentators specialising in economics, finance and business.

Vox will enrich the economic policy debate in Europe and beyond. On the supply side, Vox will make it easier for serious researchers to contribute. On the demand side, Vox will make the knowledge of researchers more accessible to the informed public.

Editor-in-Chief Professor Richard Baldwin explains the motivation:

‘Vox aims to be the focal point for European discussion and analysis of policy-relevant economics.

Vox will raise the level of the debate on economic policy by making it easier for serious researchers to contribute.

Vox columns may be up to twice the length of most newspaper columns and will be written for readers with some training in economics, so authors can use the language of standard economic analysis. Both elements lower the cost to good researchers of contributing to the policy debate.’

‘Network externalities’ will be the key to success for Vox, Baldwin adds:

‘There is room for one such English-language site in Europe. CEPR and its partners will use their combined intellectual market power to trigger self-sustaining network externalities.

Everyone will read Vox since so many high-calibre economists post there – and the best researchers will want to post on Vox since so many influential and high-calibre people visit the site. The result will be a common platform that broadens and enriches the policy debate in Europe and beyond.’

Vox now brings together a consortium of such portals, including Lavoce of Italy, Telos of France and a Spanish site launching later this month, with Dutch and German partners to follow. Members of the Vox consortium will share content: the best contributions in any language will be translated into all the languages and posted on the various sites. A major resource for Vox will be the CEPR network of over 700 selected economists, based mainly in European universities and central banks.

This will ensure that good research-based policy commentary and analysis will reach much deeper into the business, financial and policy-making communities than would be the case for a newspaper column written in a single language and posted or published in a single newspaper or website.

Vox has enlisted many leading economists as founding contributors:

Philippe Aghion
Alberto Alesina
Richard Baldwin
Giuseppe Bertola
Tim Besley
Olivier Blanchard
Tito Boeri
Willem Buiter
Michael Burda
Stephen Cecchetti
Daniel Cohen
Juan Dolado
Esther Duflo
Barry Eichengreen
Francesco Giavazzi
Jeffrey Frankel
Rachel Griffith
Philip Lane
Philippe Martin
Richard Portes
Anne Sibert
Guido Tabellini
Shang-Jin Wei
Charles Wyplosz

Biographies of each can be found on the people page of VoxEU.org.

Vox is directed by a Board of Editors consisting of Richard Baldwin, Tito Boeri, Juan Dolado, Romesh Vaitilingam and Charles Wyplosz.

Vox was inspired by the success of the Italian-language site http://www.Lavoce.info. Lavoce’s founder, Professor Tito Boeri, who cooperated closely with CEPR in setting up the site, comments:

‘Vox will provide a much needed forum on issues related to economic policies in Europe as a whole. Through the consortium, it also has the potential to improve interactions in national economic policy debates.’

Vox has undergone beta testing for the past month. Advance comments from leading policy-makers include:

‘Knowing the high quality of the CEPR network, I have no doubt that Vox will be of the greatest interest to all those concerned with the analysis of policies relevant to economists. Influential people who need top quality insights from high calibre economists on the main day-to-day economic, financial and monetary issues will certainly visit the Vox site frequently.’

Edmond Alphandéry, chairman of the Euro50 Group, supervisory board chairman of the Caisse Nationale de Prévoyance, and former French finance minister

‘Vox is a powerful and modern voice on policy relevant economics.’

Leszek Balcerowicz, former deputy prime minister, finance minister and chairman of the National Bank of Poland

‘Vox helps to bridge the gap between economic policy and economic research. Vox provides a platform that brings together renowned academic economists who provide us, in a very accessible and non-technical way, with their insights on major challenges facing European economic policy makers today. It will be a focal point for European discussion and analysis of policy relevant economics.’


Henk Brouwer, executive director, De Nederlandsche Bank

‘Viva Vox. Vox is a wonderful innovation as a platform that allows sound economics by CEPR economists to reach a general public as well as fellow economists. The authors are first-rate, articles are relevant to policy but well grounded in economics. Vox economists, vox dei.’


Takatoshi Ito, professor of economics, University of Tokyo, member of the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy within the Japanese Cabinet Office.

‘Vox will be very useful in raising the level of the public policy discourse by encouraging leading researchers to apply their knowledge to topical policy concerns.’

Sir Andrew Crockett, JPMorgan Chase & Co., former General Manager of the Bank for International Settlements

For further information or to arrange an interview with Richard Baldwin, contact Anil Shamdasani at CEPR: +44 20 7878 2909 or ashamdasani@cepr.org

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