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Rebecca Christie

Non-resident Fellow

Expertise: European governance, financial regulation and capital markets Twitter: @rebeccawire

Rebecca Christie joined Bruegel as a visiting fellow at Bruegel in March 2019 and currently she is a non-resident fellow at Bruegel. Prior, Rebecca was a political correspondent in Brussels for Bloomberg News from 2011 to 2016. Most recently she served as the lead author on the European Stability Mechanism's institutional history, "Safeguarding the Euro in Times of Crisis: the Inside Story of the ESM". She has also served as an expert adviser to a European Economic and Social Committee panel on taxation. She is an experienced panel moderator and has provided occasional reporting and radio commentary on Brexit to Irish broadcaster RTE and to the BBC.

During a 22-year career in daily journalism, Rebecca wrote for a broad range of newspapers and wire services, from the Bend (Oregon) Bulletin to the UK-based Financial Times. She was a Washington correspondent for 7 years with Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal, covering the U.S. Treasury, the Federal Reserve and the Pentagon. She joined Bloomberg in 2008 as senior U.S. Treasury correspondent, a post she held for three years before moving to Europe.

Rebecca studied classical languages at Duke University and public policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. At Bruegel, Rebecca will be working on financial services policy and Brexit, and also collaborating with other scholars on a range of research topics.

Declaration of interests 2019

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Policy Contribution

Inclusive growth

Do robots dream of paying taxes?

The digital transition should be managed – and taxed – alongside other societal transitions, but any tax on companies that replace employees with automated systems should be targeted and carefully designed to not stifle innovation.

By: Rebecca Christie Topic: Digital economy and innovation, Inclusive growth Date: October 5, 2021
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Opinion

EU climate plan should involve taxing pollution, not borders

Climate change and taxes may be some of the only true certainties in life. To protect ourselves better, we should make careful choices on how they interact.

By: Rebecca Christie Topic: Green economy Date: September 6, 2021
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Opinion

Small investors punch above their weight when it comes to improving corporate governance

Far from being irresponsible know-nothings, retail investors provide a vital counterpoint to institutional investors.

By: Rebecca Christie Topic: Banking and capital markets Date: August 25, 2021
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Blog Post

SPACs in the gap

Special-purpose acquisition vehicles could fill a gap in European equity markets and lure risk-averse investors off the sidelines.

By: Rebecca Christie Topic: Banking and capital markets, Macroeconomic policy Date: July 13, 2021
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Opinion

Inflation, inequality and immigration: Spelling the digital recovery with three “I”s

The digital transition offers us a new opportunity to reach out across the global economy - hopefully we will find the strength to use it.

By: Rebecca Christie Topic: Digital economy and innovation, Global economy and trade Date: June 3, 2021
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Blog Post

International tax debate moves from digital focus to global minimum

International corporate tax reform is coming closer if countries can set aside their differences and work for progress rather than the perfect deal.

By: Rebecca Christie Topic: Global economy and trade Date: May 27, 2021
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Opinion

Central banks don’t have to pick winners and losers to fight climate change

Disclosures and financial regulation don’t get enough respect as tools to reduce emissions.

By: Rebecca Christie Topic: Banking and capital markets Date: March 11, 2021
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Blog Post

US separates climate concerns from financial oversight in contrast to EU activism

Different EU and US supervisory approaches to climate risk may hamper efforts to work together and risk fragmenting global markets.

By: Rebecca Christie Topic: Banking and capital markets Date: February 18, 2021
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Blog Post

Thinking big: debt management considerations for the EU’s pandemic borrowing plan

If not handled correctly, the European Union’s transition to take on a new role as an issuer of public debt risks crowding out existing markets. Managing that transition correctly is almost as big a challenge as spending the money itself.

By: Rebecca Christie Topic: Macroeconomic policy Date: December 9, 2020
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Opinion

How to minimise the impact of the coronavirus on the economy

COVID-19 is a global killer. Austerity needs to succumb.

By: Rebecca Christie Topic: Global economy and trade Date: December 2, 2020
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Opinion

The EU’s Opportunity to Turn Its Markets Toward the Future

Meeting the fiscal demands of COVID-19 will require the European Union to borrow on capital markets more than ever, and for European pension funds and households to look more widely for ways to build their nest eggs safely. The EU should take the challenges of the pandemic and Brexit as a chance to get its financial infrastructure house in order.

By: Rebecca Christie Topic: Banking and capital markets, Macroeconomic policy Date: July 16, 2020
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