The Political Economy of European Integration

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Political Economy of European Integration

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Economics, International Economics, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    45
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Number of sessions: 30
    Length of each session: 1,5 h
    Total length of the module: 45 hours

    INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE
    This course will introduce students to the main issues of economics and politics of
    European integration by using an economic approach. The course addresses key
    economic questions that arise from the process of integration.
    This course draws on a core textbook, articles from journals and other documents.
    Student will be oriented in the most up to date policy discussion about European
    integration. By the end, students will be able to apply and relate conceptual and
    theoretical knowledge underpinning the course of the economic and political process of
    European integration.

    REQUIREMENTS
    There are no particular technical requirements for this course. However, student should
    manage a few basic concepts of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Basic skill in
    Excel and Word packages is strongly recommended.

    CONTENTS
    1. Geography & History of European Union (EU).
    2. Institutions and budget: EU laws and legitimacy in EU decision making.
    3. Basic macroeconomics tools: open economics, tariffs and import protections.
    Case study: The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
    4. State aid: competition, mergers and antitrust policies. Case study: Microsoft.
    5. Growth effects and factor market integration
    6. The effects of integration: labor integration
    7. Labor productivity: Europe vs. US
    8. European migration flows 1950-2000
    9. European imbalances: core-periphery structure. The EU regional policies
    10. The spatial distribution of activities across the European Union
    11. Regional imbalances and convergence process
    12. The effects of integration: capital integration.
    13. Monetary integration: history, choice of an exchange regime
    14. The European Monetary System.

    GRADING
    There will be NO final exam. The assessment will be based on:
    50% Individual course work and presentation
    40% 3 Problem sets to be handed out
    10% Participation
    Students are required to attend classes and hand out three problem sets. A copy of the
    slides presented in class can be downloaded from the course website.
    In addition, each student will be also required to write a short report on a selected topic
    (among those discussed in class) and, then, make a short presentation about it.