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Düsen für die Entwicklungshilfe?

Publishing date
10 April 2006

Jakob von Weizsäcker argues that the call for global taxes to fund additional development assistance is a good idea in principle but might be a flawed in practice since both have a weak lobby. Instead, the additional development assistance should be funded by national budgets and the call to introduce global taxes should be combined with expenditure plans that have more powerful lobbies. An abbreviated version of this article has appeared in the German weekly DIE ZEIT.

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  • Jakob von Weizsäcker

    Jakob von Weizsäcker heads the department for economic policy and tourism at the Thuringian Economics Ministry in Erfurt and is a non-resident fellow at Bruegel where he was resident fellow form 2005 to 2010.

    He previously worked at the World Bank in Washington (2002-2005) where he was country economist for Tajikistan and the Federal Economics Ministry in Berlin (2001-2002) where he headed the office of a junior minister. Before that, he worked for Vesta, a venture capital firm, and held research positions at the Center for Economic Studies in Munich and CIRED in Paris.

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