Independence, euro and European Union

This article in La Vanguardia is signed by fifteen Catalan economists with different views on Catalan Independence. An excellent example of academics in search of the truth rather than in search of certain political objectives.

Why So Many Mice Are Roaring

In this 1994 Businessweek article, Nobel Prize winner Gary S. Becker argues, following Robert J. Barro, that “small is beautiful” Why so many mice are roaring The number of nations has almost doubled in the past 50 years, to 191 independent states. The usual explanations for this multiplication, which invoke nationalism and ethnic conflicts, overlook a major reason: The economic…

The size of countries: Does it matter?

In his 2003 Schumpeter Lecture, Harvard Professor Alberto Alesina provides a nontechnical overview of his path-breaking work on the optimal size of countries. One of the key theoretical insights of his work is that a process of economic integration (such as the formation of the EU) is naturally associated with a parallel process of political disintegration within pluri-national countries.

Agreement between the United Kingdom Government and the Scottish Government on a referendum on independence for Scotland

This historical agreement authorizes the Scottish Parliament to legislate with the aim of organizing a referendum on Scottish independence before the end of 2014. To the Wilson Initiative this agreement represents an impeccable model of democracy and respect for the right to self-determination. The agreement ends with the following statement: "The two governments are committed to continue to work together…

Europe, Oh Europe

The big question surrounding the debate on Catalonia’s independence is the following: What are the economic consequences of having one’s own state?

Small is beautiful

On October 11, 1991, the Wall Street Journal published a beautiful article by Robert Barro on the size of nations. Although this was a newspaper article, it became a really influential article as it turned out to be the seminal work on which the literature on the "optimal size of nations" grew. Alesina and Spolaore's paper ("The Size of Nations")…

Introducing the Wilson Initiative

The Wilson Initiative is made up of six Catalan academics in the fields of Economics and Political Science who, concerned about the direction that the current debate on the possibility of Catalan self-determination has taken, have decided to join forces in order to help the citizens of Catalonia have the opportunity to decide their future freely, without fear or threats,…

Our mission

The goal of the Wilson Initiative is to contribute to the current debate on self-determination in Catalonia in order to help its citizens decide their own future, free from fear or unfounded threats.

Independence and Political Accountability

Political accountability is a necessary condition for good governance. In simple terms, there is political accountability when a citizen can reward with re-election an incumbent that provides an efficient use of public funds. Similarly, political accountability exists when a citizen can punish by ousting from power an unsatisfactory incumbent. It is crucial to note that political accountability is the main…
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