EU Economics (ECO110)

Course description

This course provides an overview of economic (dis)integration in Europe. Given the rampant Euroscepticism(s) and the ongoing so-called ‘Brexit’ process, we shift our focus from the previous year’s emphasis on the Monetary Union to the game-theoretical interaction between the firms and the policymakers. To begin with, we keep our distance from ‘methodological nationalism’ (i.e. taking nation-state as a unit of analysis) and assume differentiated incentive-giving mechanisms for, say, average householders, parliamentarians, and ‘Eurocrats’. Such a multilevel analysis of EU Economics shall deepen our understanding of rapidly changing business environments in Europe.

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate their wide range of knowledge on European Economics in a coherent manner.
  • Analyse how EU and national institutions (dis)incentivise certain economic activities.
  • Illustrate the elements of politicisation in EU Economics and assess the current level of integration.
  • Critically review the history of economic and financial integration and assess the level of institutional development within the EU.